Video conferencing

This allows groups of people at two or more locations to interact live via two-way video and audio transmission. Desktop videoconferencing can be done with a low-tech webcam for little or no cost. High-end conferencing facilities provide better quality sound and video. Some systems allow conferees to share computer screens as well as live video and audio. Here are a few ways you can use videoconferencing with a class:

  • Guest speaker – interview an expert alumna or invite a poet to talk to the class — ask multiple colleagues in different places to participate in a discussion.
  • Field trip – ask a docent in a museum or an archaeologist at a dig to show what they are doing and seeing.
  • Language practice – line up volunteers from another country for conversation.
  • Performance – show a student presentation, skit, or speech to an expert evaluator.

At Note Dame

  • OIT videoconferencing – Contact Jeff Miller (631-6850)
  • Skype Kit – includes a laptop, webcam, and ClearOne speaker-microphone unit.
    • Contact: 115 DeBartolo Classroom Building (631-8778)
    • Skype is also available on classroom podium computers.
  • Sakai Meetings tool (BigBlueButton) – communicate and share content remotely — requires Flash (HTML5 client under development).
  • Google Hangouts – available through the Chrome browser or as an app.

Learn more

[updated June 2015]