Sloan C 2009 Desktop Web Conferencing


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Presentation at Sloan-C 2009 online learning conference. Reviews uses, benefits, selection criteria, etc. concerning desktop Web/video conferencing.

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Sloan C 2009 Desktop Web Conferencing

  1. 1. Desktop Web Conferencing: Participate in Meetings and Teach Courses from Anywhere in the World<br />John Thompson, PhD<br />Buffalo State College<br />
  2. 2. Contents<br />Uses<br />Benefits<br />Suggested selection criteria <br />Desktop Web conferencing applications <br />Research results <br />2<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  3. 3. Desktop Web/Video Conferencing<br />Internet-based technology where you are at your own computer & are connected in real-time to other participants via the Internet <br />Typical Web conference has presenter(s) and remote participant(s) who can talk with & see each another, share documents & otherwise communicate & collaborate<br />Common component of a Web conference is “screen sharing,” with participants seeing whatever is on the presenter&apos;s screen. Usually this is accompanied by voice & video communication<br />3<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  4. 4. Desktop Web Conferencing - Benefits<br />Reduces travel costs & time<br />Increases productivity by decreasing travel<br />Minimizes carbon footprint (i.e., green) <br />Diminishes health & safety risks<br />Reduces physical space related needs & cost<br />4<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br /><br />
  5. 5. Desktop Web Conferencing - Benefits<br />Expands learning – reach wider audience <br />Provides cost-effective means of reaching attendees or students who are absent <br />Increases flexibility & decreases response time<br />Boosts satisfaction <br />Enhances collaboration<br />5<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br /><br />
  6. 6. Possible Uses <br />Teach synchronous classes – w/ audio & video – to/from anywhere<br />Teach F2F & online (real-time) simultaneously <br />Conduct live face-to-face meetings to/from on/off-campus locations <br />Supplement or replace course management system (e.g., Blackboard)<br />6<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br /><br />
  7. 7. Possible Uses <br />Close boundaries (Digital Divide) based on location<br />Provide live interaction w/ experts<br />Share information in a secure environment<br />Record presentation & upload it for online access<br />7<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  8. 8. Selection Criteria<br />Free or inexpensive or free trial<br />Live audio, video & texting <br />Vendor reputation<br />Vendor provided support<br />Quality of online documentation, including tutorials<br />Easy to set up <br />Degree of simplicity & ease of use<br />Download and/or plugins required (host and/or attendees) <br />Reliability<br />8<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  9. 9. Selection Criteria (Con’t)<br />Collaboration tools (both sides)<br />Whiteboard w/ mouse pointer & drawing tools<br />Transfer presentation control to participants<br />Upload/receive documents (presenter & participants) during session<br />Hand raising, etc. emoticons<br />Group and private-chat<br />Polling & testing<br />Group meeting rooms for participants<br />9<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  10. 10. Selection Criteria (Con’t)<br />Number of remote sites that can be connected at one time (multi-point connections)<br />Upload documents before session<br />Animations & builds in PowerPoint<br />Chat can be disabled for participants (e.g., if it’s distracting). Individual attendee can be blocked<br />Conference system can be closed (i.e., invitation only) <br />Meeting time limit <br />Cross-platform functionality<br />Mobile device support<br />10<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  11. 11. Selection Criteria (Con’t)<br />Number of video images at a time<br />VOIP (Voice Over IP) &/or telephone choice<br />Full/half duplex<br />Mute audio <br />Enlarge screen to size of application window<br />Interface panels can be moved & resized <br />Integrate w/ LMS<br />Provide reports on session participation<br />Archival capability (Can sessions be recorded?)<br />Archive continuous or “chunked”<br />11<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  12. 12. Cost/Pricing Options<br />FREE<br />Per participant per minute<br />Monthly<br />Yearly<br />Free vs. paid versions (& different functionality levels)<br />How many seats per license<br />Extras (e.g., private branding)<br />12<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
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  26. 26. Summary<br />Uses<br />Benefits<br />Selection criteria <br />Selected DWC applications <br />Research results<br />26<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />
  27. 27. Presenter<br />John Thompson, Ph.D.<br />Associate Professor<br />Educational Technology Program<br />Computer Information Systems Department<br />Chase 208<br />Buffalo State College<br />1300 Elmwood Avenue<br />Buffalo, NY 14222<br />716.878.3531<br /><br />27<br />John T. Thompson, PhD<br />