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Web Conferencing   |   Voice over IP   |   Videoconference

Web Conferencing

wikipedia logo Web conferencing is used to hold group meetings or live presentations over the Internet. In a web conference, each participant sits at their own computer, and is connected to other participants via the internet. The most basic feature of a web conference is screen sharing, whereby conference participants see whatever is on the presenter's screen. Usually this is accompanied by voice communication, either through a traditional telephone conference, VoIP, text chat, and/or video..

Some Web Conferencing Packages :
Elluminate (Currently used at RPI) Various logos from companies

Adobe® Connect™



Microsoft Office Live Meeting

Recommended readings:
Designing for the Virtual Interactive Classroom

Web Conferencing And Live Collaboration Tools

Web Conferencing Tools and Applications: Are they Ready for Us?

Tips on Conferencing

Full-Featured Web Conferencing Systems

Tips on Conferencing

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Voice over IP

wikipedia logo Voice over Internet Protocol (also called VoIP, IP Telephony, Internet telephony, and Broadband Phone) is the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or through any other IP-based network. In general, phone service via VoIP is free or costs less than equivalent service from traditional sources. VoIP can facilitate tasks that may be more difficult to achieve using traditional phone networks, it allows users to travel anywhere in the world and still make and receive phone calls. VoIP technology still has a few shortcomings that have led some to believe that it is not ready for widespread deployment.

Some Voice over IP packages:
various logos from voice over ip companies

Google Talk

MSN Messenger


Recommended readings:
Finding your Voice online

Skype in the Classroom

A Framework for Tracking Developments in Voice over IP

Telecommunications >> VoIP is for Victory

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wikipedia logo A videoconference (also known as a videoteleconference) is a set of interactive telecommunication technologies which allow two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. It has also been called visual collaboration and is a type of groupware.

Videoconferencing for Learning

Tips and Techniques for Successful Video Conferencing

Techniques to Enhance Online Learning
PDF document

Teacher's Guide to Videoconferencing

Recommended readings:
Videoconferencing as a Technology to Support Group Work: A Review of its Failure

Telepresence: Integrating Shared Task and Person Spaces

videoconferencing: Using Compressed Video for Distance Learning

Resources and Information on videoconferencing

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