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Video conferencing uses a set of interactive technologies allowing one or more people at separate locations to communicate via a sound and video link. It can be used for small meetings or presentations, lectures, and seminars. Its main advantage is that it can offer large cost savings in terms of time and travel, especially as it allows connection anywhere in the world.
The following points must be taken into consideration when using video conferencing:
- You will be restricted to using certain areas of the room
- Microphones must be used for presentation and discussion
- Interaction will be slower and may require planning and structuring differently
- Media content such as Powerpoint or DVDs is restricted as quality is greatly reduced when video conferencing
Free, comprehensive workshops on using video conferencing for teaching are available. You can find details on the Learning and Development website.
Video conferencing can help you manage, your students, or your colleague’s times more efficiently by not being restricted by a person’s location. For more information or to discuss your requirements further, please contact the IT Help Desk.
What we provide
We support video conferencing on the Streatham campus and PCMD at St. Luke's. Primarily this is used for teaching between our various campuses, but we can also link to other locations nationally or internationally by prior arrangement for meetings, presentations, and other purposes.
How to book
If you wish to book a video conference, please book a suitable room via Room Bookings, making sure you specify video conferencing as the room attribute. Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an email directing you to the relevant AV support team, where you will need to book audio visual support. Once your AV support booking is confirmed we will contact you for additional information.
Please note that you are also responsible for booking a room at the location you wish to connect to. To request a room on the Cornwall Campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request AV support for your video conference at email@example.com. To book a room at one of the PCMD sites, please visit the University of Plymouth website.