Frequently Asked

What is videoconferencing?

Videoconferencing combines audio and video to provide a means for efficient communication, collaboration and decision making in real time. It enables people who cannot be physically present in the same location to conduct a face-to-face meeting. Videoconferencing enables each participant to see everyone's facial expressions and body language. It also allows people to share files and data, so that it is easy to hold presentations, review documents and make fast decisions.

What are the main reasons for using videoconferencing?

Videoconferencing can be used for meetings, interviews, seminars and teaching.
Videoconferencing was initially developed to permit meetings to take place between people some distance apart, and its commercial viability depends upon it being cheaper and more convenient than traveling.
When videoconferencing is used for teaching, it is often more effective for small groups of students at each site. It is also possible to share computer applications over videoconferencing links so participants can examine diagrams and documents at each site and make changes as required.

What types of videoconferencing systems are available across campus?

Cisco, PolyCom units and Jabber.

I need to conduct a videoconference. Where do I start?

Start at the videoconferencing About page. Choose your needs from the table, and then contact Robert Spencer, We will assist you with scheduling, set up and instruction.

How many sites/people can connect in a videoconference at one time?

With the use of a videoconferencing bridge, you can connect to up to 40 locations at one time.