McMaster University

McMaster University

Video/Webconferencing

Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing is a high-fidelity method of delivering two-way video and audio transmission. Those looking to videoconference (VC) need to book a room within MDCL or MUMC that has the necessary equipment and ensure that the event is booked properly in order to videoconference between locations. All locations must also have the necessary VC equipment in order to connect.

VC is best if you would like to broadcast the interaction of a whole room of people to another location. VC is not easily recorded. If you are looking to reliably record, you may want to consider web conferencing.

Advantages

  • High quality of video and sound
  • Able to share computer screen content between locations
  • CSU technicians available during work hours to support

Requirements

  • Needs a dedicated VC room on both ends of the meeting
  • Needs to be booked in advance
  • Cost recovery charges may apply in some cases

For more information, please contact fhsvc@mcmaster.ca

Webconferencing

Webconferencing (WC) is a lower-cost, lower fidelity method of collaboration, concentrating on universal accessibility and functionality. To create a virtual WC room, simply request an account within Webex if you don't have one already and use the Webex site to create your room and invite your participants to join from any supported endpoint.

Advantages

  • Can be set up at any time with minimal notice or setup
  • Highly functional and collaborative
  • Ability to share files, share screen content, poll participants, etc
  • Can connect from anywhere using a regular internet connection, or telephone line toll free
  • Capable of recording your session
  • Excellent for a virtual class setup

Requirements

  • Requires each user to have their own personal computer
  • High-speed wired internet connection heavily recommended for optimal quality
  • Each user who will be speaking must have their own computer microphone/speakers (headset recommended for best audio quality)
  • Can be difficult to navigate the user interface without proper training
 
 
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