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.
- 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.
- Google Hangouts help – also video intro and how to get started.
- Help for the Sakai Meetings tool
- Ten ways to use Skype in a course
- Classroom uses of videoconferencing
- 7 Things You Should Know About Skype
- Skype in the classroom
[updated June 2015]