Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reviewing Web Conferencing Systems

Since Blackboard has purchased Elluminate Live with full support going until December 2012, we have decided to look at other possible web conferencing systems. A committee of faculty and staff has been assembled and reviewing has begun.

In reviewing what we need at KUMC in a web conferencing system, we came up with this list (in no specific order of importance) of required items we need in a system.

  • Recording and archiving
  • Encryption
  • Breakout rooms
  • Live scribing
  • Simplicity
  • PowerPoint integration
  • 24x7 end user support
  • Indexing
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Polling
  • Desktop and application sharing
  • Text chat
  • Integrated authentication
  • Faculty can schedule sessions
  • Audio and video capabilities

Some of the systems we will review are:

  • Adobe Connect
  • Microsoft Live Meeting
  • Cisco WebEx
  • iLinc
  • And others..

For more information on Blackboard's plans for Elluminate, see Blackboard Collaborate.

Posted at 02:52PM Feb 10, 2011 by sgerald

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