Virtual Conferencing at Skidmore
We offer support for a variety of approaches to host presenters and meetings, or conduct interviews and courses virtually:
Polycom and Tandberg
If you need help determining which tool would be most appropriate, read through the helpful guidelines below.
Virtual Conferencing Scenarios:
- Desktop: a person at Skidmore connects with someone elsewhere; (Skype or Google Hangout recommended)
- Small Meeting Room: a small group at Skidmore connects individuals or small groups at one or more remote locations. (Tandberg/Polycom, Webex or Google Hangout recommended)
- Classroom: a small group or class at Skidmore connects with someone or a small group elsewhere; (Tandberg/Polycom, Webex, or Google Hangout recommended)
- Large Class/Auditorium: a professor and class connect with a class elsewhere. (Tandberg/Polycom unit recommended)
If you need assistance determining what solution to use, please submit a Help Desk request.
When planning a virtual conference it is important to consider the following:
- Where is the virtual conference being held?
- What is the expected size of audience?
- Is the virtual conference originating from off campus?
- Will you need a computer delivered?
- Is a telephone necessary for the audio portion?
- Will you require the incoming video image to be projected on a large screen?
- Will you need to send a video image back to the external site?
- Does this virtual conference need to be recorded?
- Do you have specific information as to the URL, IP address, telephone number, or other information pertaining to the conference?
- Have you forwarded all this information to Media Services along with completing a Media Services equipment delivery form?
- Virtual conferencing is not always seamless. We require at least a week’s notice of any conference to ensure the best opportunity for its successful operation. Someone from Academic Technologies or Media Services will arrange a test connection with the remote location. On the day of the scheduled videoconference, we will deliver any necessary equipment, set it up at the location, test for functionality, and assist the faculty member with any questions or support issues.
- If you want interactive capabilities such as a whiteboard, desktop screen sharing, polling, etc. Webex would be the preferred tool.
- We can connect with most H.323 and SIP videoconference units (ex: Tandberg and Polycom)
- Plan a time to test your connection! If you need assistance with this, please submit a Help Desk request.
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