High-end, secure video conferencing can be conducted at the School of Law through the use of portable video conferencing units which can be setup in conference rooms and classrooms. These Polycom systems can be connected to a classroom's projector and sound system and connect to remote locations through IP connections.
We have conducted numerous VTC connections with other countries including: Russia, China, UK, Canada, and multiple locations in the US.
However, there are some caveats to using this high-end technology that you'll want to be aware of
- Compatibility - remote locations must have access to the same type of equipment
- Firewalls - remote locations will need to have their firewall open for conferencing
- Buffering & Pixelation - Internet traffic is prone to fluctuations in quality based on network activity.
- Connectivity - Satelite and ISDN connections are not supported at this time. Only IP-based connections.
- Setup Time - We need access to your classroom for 15-minutes before and after each video conference. During that time, we will be making lots of noise to setup the connection, so plan accordingly.
- Lead Time - for best success, please give us several weeks notice and all the contact information for your remote location so we can setup end-to-end tests prior to your event.
- Pre-Event Test - We require an end-to-end test of the video conference connection with the remote location days/weeks prior to the event so we have time to troubleshoot any problems. This means we will need the direct contact information for the conferencing technical support personal at the remote location(s).
If you have any questions regarding video conferencing (or web conferencing and telephone conferencing alternatives) please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To start this process, contact Instructional Technology via email (email@example.com) and or stop by and talk to us in Sullivan 311. We will want to get your support needs on our calendar as soon as possible, even if all of your contact information is incomplete. Eventually, once you do have remote contact information, we'll fill out this form to support the connection with: Video Conference Request Form.