Easy-to-use web conferencing tools enable instructors to teach from anywhere and invite guest lecturers into the classroom from around the corner or around the world.
Web conferencing-enabled rooms streamline the process of establishing a call for you. Cameras installed in the room act as the web camera, providing the remote audience views of both the instructor and students. This makes it easy to bring in a guest lecturer who lives in another state or country, connect the classroom to students in different countries to establish cross-cultural dialogue, or hold class when you’re out of the area.
How to Use Web Conferencing
Web conferencing is used to connect with a remote audience that is using a third-party application, such as WebEx. In many instances, web conferencing can be easier to use than video conferencing, which requires your remote audience also use a video conferencing system. Web conferencing tools require only an Internet connection and that both participants use the same application (e.g., WebEx, Skype, Blackboard Collaborate), so check to see which application your remote audience is using.
Instructors at GW have access to many popular web conferencing applications:
- WebEx is currently available to instructors as part of the Colonial Connect project of the Division of Information Technology.
- Skype is installed on all AT-supported lectern computers.
- Blackboard Collaborate is available to all instructors. Faculty support for the application is provided by the Instructional Technology Lab.