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A Collaborative Evaluation of Web Conferencing Tools

  1. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office A  Collabora)ve  Evalua)on   of Web  Conferencing  Tools Julian  Prior @jpodcaster (Learning  Technologist) Marie  Salter @marie_s (e-­‐Developments  Manager) Paper presented at IWMW 2012 in Edinburgh 19-06-12Friday, 22 June 12 1
  2. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Session  Objec)ves • Sharing  Experience  and  Prac>ce; • Usage  scenarios  at  the  University  of   Bath • Dissemina>ng  results  of  survey  of   ins>tu>onal  use  of  web  conferencing   tools; • Hands-­‐on  experience  of  two  different   web  conferencing  solu>onsFriday, 22 June 12 2
  3. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Why  web  conferencing? • Growth  of  online,  distance  and   blended  learning  courses; • Sustainability  agenda  -­‐  carbon   footprint; • Fiscal  constraints  (e.g  travel  and   mee>ng  costs); • Student  experience  -­‐  demand  for   more  supported  online  learning.Friday, 22 June 12 3
  4. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Why  web  conferencing  at  Bath? • Nature  of  Division • Students’  Union: “Each  student  should  be  able  to  benefit   from  studying  in  their  own  environment   and  in  their  own  8me.” • Interest  from  colleagues  in  other   DepartmentsFriday, 22 June 12 4
  5. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Usage  Scenarios  at  Bath • Group  Work • Expert  Speakers • SSLCs • Mee>ngs • Open  Days • Distance  Learning  Tutorials • Amplifying  events Copyright © IDPS, University of BathFriday, 22 June 12 5
  6. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Tool  for  the  amplifica)on  of  events Video  it Share  it Stream  it How  can  I   Collate  it Podcast  it amplify  my   event? Webinar  it Snap  it Blog  it Slide  it Tweet  it Adapted from M. Guy and B. Kelly http://www.slideshare.net/MariekeGuy/10-cheap-and-easy-ways-to-amplify- your-event (2010)Friday, 22 June 12 6
  7. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Discussion  -­‐  Your  experiences  with  web   conferencing • Do  you  have  access  to  a   web  conferencing  tool  at   your  ins>tu>on? • What  has  worked  well? • What  barriers  to  use  have   you  encountered?Friday, 22 June 12 7
  8. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Survey  Feedback Adobe Connect 5 BBD Collaborate 9 Big Blue Button 1 Conference Me 1 GoTo Meeting 1 Janet/Visimeet/Iocom 5 Nefsis 2 Microsoft Lync/Live Mtg 5 Skype 2 WebEx 4 None 9 0 3.0 6.0 9.0Friday, 22 June 12 8
  9. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Survey  Feedback  -­‐  barriers Survey  available  at:  https://www.survey.bath.ac.uk/webconferencing • Sound  quality  and  audio  setup • Bandwidth • Ins>tu>onal  IT  infrastructure  -­‐  firewalls,   downloading  plugins,  administra>ve  issues • Willingness  to  engage • Hardware  issuesFriday, 22 June 12 9
  10. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Survey  Feedback “Needs  to  be  simple  to  use  and  work.” “It’s  the  future;  It’s  the  right  way  forward” “Lots  of  interest  from  many  sectors” Time  and  cost  savings  highlighted But  no  silver  bullet!Friday, 22 June 12 10
  11. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Ac)vity  1 • Two  groups • Collabora>vely  rank  the  importance  of  different  features  of   web  conferencing  tools  under  three  headings  -­‐  you  can  add   addi>onal  features  if  you  don’t  think  we’ve  covered  allFriday, 22 June 12 11
  12. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Ac)vity  2 • Using  your  results  from  ac>vity  1,  pick  your  most  important  five  features  for   evalua>on • Open  up  http://goo.gl/6mMMd • Visit  (a)  Adobe  Connect  and  (b)  Blackboard  Collaborate  rooms  and  have  a  play  at   ranking  your  experience  with  these  tools  against  the  features  you  have  chosen. Adobe  Connect  -­‐  http://uob.adobeconnect.com/iwmw/ Blackboard  Collaborate  -­‐  http://go.bath.ac.uk/iwmw12 Comparison  of  web  conferencing  tools  -­‐  http://goo.gl/XokBR • Complete  the  first  google  doc  with  your  resultsFriday, 22 June 12 12
  13. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Moving  forward • Issues  to  consider  when  pu^ng  forward   proposals: • Hard  evidence • Strategic  Vision  of  Ins>tu>on • Sharing  experiencesFriday, 22 June 12 13
  14. e-­‐Learning  team Learning  and  Teaching  Enhancement  Office Thanks for contributing! @marie_s m.salter@bath.ac.uk @jpodcaster j.prior2@bath.ac.ukFriday, 22 June 12 14

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