Videoconferencing + teleconferencing
Primarily for academic use, the mLab can be a great venue for videoconferencing for groups of 2-10 people. You can use our equipment to connect with people at a remote site in real time. Assistance is also available to help you connect using your own computer in your own office. mLab staff are generally available 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
If you do not need video as part of your call, the mLab can also host teleconference calls using a speakerphone.
Platforms for videoconferencing
There are a number of different platforms available for videoconferencing. In recent years, Skype has proven particularly popular but is not necessarily the best solution for all videoconferencing needs. Some programs we support for videoconferencing are listed below; if these do not fit your needs, contact us and we can discuss other options of interest.
In the lab we have several different solutions available, appropriate for different needs, including:
- Google Hangouts
- GoToMeeting has many features including voice and video support, screen sharing, and text chat. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for login information.
- Skype is great for connecting to a single remote site. Skype can keep a text chat on the screen along with the video and audio. Skype is a good platform for meetings and interviews where a group at Reed needs to interact with a distant person or group, and all or almost all of the communication is by voice. Skype is free to download and to set up an account
Videoconferencing outside of the mLab
We have videoconferencing kits available for checkout for faculty and staff to use from their own desks or classrooms. ITS staff is available to support equipment use in classrooms and faculty offices; A/V staff is also available to train users how to self-support for videoconferencing.
If you are interested in exploring how you might use videoconferencing in the mLab or in your office, or if you have questions about videoconference options at Reed, contact us at email@example.com