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Web conferencing

Features

As of January, 2018, LITS is providing support for web conferencing using Skype for Business.

Web-conferencing can be used to invite remote speakers to give a talk or "visit" a class, to host webinars and virtual meetings and to collaboration across distances, Web-conferencing is a form of teleconferencing in which voice and video are transmitted over the Internet, rather than telephone lines (as in teleconferencing) or dedicated video connections.  

Web-conferencing solutions are inexpensive, self-service and flexible conferencing solutions. In addition to video and voice, most platforms also allow participants to share screens and documents, and to "chat" or post instant text messages to the group.

It's chief drawback is that quality and stability depend on participants' Internet connections. Participants connecting from college campuses will generally have no problems, but video, screen-sharing and other high-bandwidth features may not be accessible for participants connecting from home or in regions with poor Internet service.

Getting Started

Hardware:

  • An individual participant needs a computer with a microphone, headphones, and a high-speed Internet connection to join a meeting and a webcam to share video
  • Headset microphones and webcams can be checked out from the Canaday Library circulation desks
  • Campus options for a web conferences involving groups of people:
    • Request a webcam and microphone for web-conferencing under "A/V Notes" when you reserve a room through Virtual EMS
    • Call 610-526-7449 or email multimedia@brynmawr.edu to request a webcam and microphone for web-conferencing in a classroom booked through the Registrar  

Software:

As of January, 2018, LITS is providing support for web conferencing using Skype for Business.

Support

  • Contact the Help Desk, help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440 for more information.
  • Contact Multimedia Services, multimedia@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440 for help setting up in meeting rooms and classrooms. 

Availability

As of January, 2018, LITS is providing support for web conferencing using Skype for Business. This is available to any individual with a Bryn Mawr email account using their Bryn Mawr credentials.