What is it?
Web conferencing allows participants to connect online to communicate and collaborate. It often involves live audio and video, text chat, and content sharing. In education, web conferencing tools help to bridge the distance between teachers and learners, facilitating synchronous discussion for online lectures, office hours, and presentations. To learn more, please refer to EDUCAUSE's handout, "7 Things You Should Know About Virtual Meetings."
Uses for web conferencing:
- Online lectures for blended learning
- Attend or organize small group, team, or committee meetings from your home
- Offer office hours without being in your office
- Conduct remote training
About the Pilot:
The Technology and Learning group set out to conduct a pilot of two leading web conferencing solutions to compare against our previous solution.
Adobe Connect is another web conferencing tool that enables users to meet across multiple devices, record their meetings, and share resources, all without having to download a client for participants. Learn more about it here.
Fuze Meeting is a simple to learn and easy to use platform for video conferencing technology that runs on Mac, PC, and mobile platforms. Learn more about it here.
In the summer of 2013, we reviewed several other products, such as Cisco WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, and Join.me Pro. While all are fine products on their own, the two products we selected were rated highest for ease-of-use, audio quality, and functionality.
If you are a Pepperdine University faculty member and would like to learn more about web conferencing, please contact us at TechLearn@pepperdine.edu. We will invite you to complete a short survey and apply for one of the available licenses.