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Videoconferencing allows people to collaborate over remote distances with two-way voice and video.  It requires specialized equipment and connections.  With a web camera built into most newer computers and broadband internet available in most places, video conferencing is a more practical option.

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect allows you to create an online classroom environment, using powerpoint presentations, chat, and videoconferencing, plus several other tools. For more information, please watch the video below entitled: "What is Adobe Connect?" 

Using Adobe Connect requires access to a licensed copy and training. If you are interesting in obtaining training and a license for Adobe Connect, contact facultycenter@luc.edu .

For additional Adobe Connect video tutorials from Adobe, please visit: http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-adobe-connect-8/

Pros & Cons

 Advantages      

 Challenges

Students and faculty have the opportunity to see each others facial expressions and body language while communicating.
Quality of video is unpredictable.
Good community building experience for students and instructor. 
Sometimes difficult to troubleshoot problems as there are multiple factors influencing performance.
Ability to ask and answer questions in real time.
Controlling the flow of conversation can be difficult.

Technological performance decreases as number of participants increases.
 
Best Practices:
  • Establish ground rules for participation.  Give students opportunities to help determine these guidelines.
  • Tools to enhance your videoconferencing experience:
    • headsets are recommended with two or more participants
    • broadband internet connection
    • lighting.
  • Most effective videoconference sessions involve participation by under 10 students.  

Resources:
University Supported Resources
   Website  Advantages  Challenges
   

 


 Adobe Connect  
  • Can be Restricted to only enrolled users
  • Can be available to non-enrolled and non-Loyola guests with URL link
  • Allows voice, video, and text communication
  • Sessions can be recorded
  • instructor presence
  • Collaborative tools include:
    • Power Point
    • Push Website
    • Desktop Sharing
    • Whiteboard
    • Interactive Polling
    • File Share
  •  Instructor must be present for session to begin
  • No Phone Dial-in
       

Non-supported third party services
   Website Advantages
Challenges
 TokBox  http://www.tokbox.com/
  • Free
  • Allows voice, video, and text communication
  • Allows Personal Profile to be created
  • Can import address book from other address books (AIM, Yahoo, GMail)
  • Allows creation of temporary or permanent conferencing space
  • Easily shared with short URL or embed code
  • Collaborative tools include:
    • YouTube Link
  • Up to 20 participants


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 Tinychat  http://tinychat.com/
  • Free
  • Allows voice, video, and text communication
  • Allows Personal Profile to be created
  • Allows creation of temporary or permanent conferencing space
  • Easily shared with short URL or embed code
  • Collaborative tools include:
    • YouTube Link
    • Show Desktop
    • FlockDraw Whiteboard
    • Shared group document
  • Up to 400 participants
  • Listed in Public Live Directory by default
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 GMail Video Chat  http://mail.google.com/
  • Free
  • Two person videoconference
  • Requires all participants to have a GMail account
  • Requires a software install
 Skype  http://www.skype.com/
  •  Free
  • Two person video call
  • Multi-person voice/text chat
  •  Requires all participants to have a Skype account
  • Requires a software install