Re: [IATEFLComputer Sig] Re: Video Conferencing
> Well, ideally using the internet because it's cheap and accessible but IQuite the opposite I'd say. Yes, there are quality issues with Internet
> gather there are serious quality issues, especially if you want to do
> anything more than face-to-face conferencing.
videoconferencing, but those are largely in the video-area. I.e. if
high-quality video is crucial, you're better off with a dedicated
videoconferencing system (and yes, that's substantially more expensive).
However, if you're after MORE than f2f conferencing - i.e. file-sharing,
collaborative on-screen working etc - Internet conferencing tends to be much
better in terms of ease-of-use since you've effectively got two or more PCs
connected, which is what you're after if you're wanting to show each
other/work on PowerPoint presentations together, show each other websites
and so on.
> I guess this is where all theso
> development's likely to be, rather than in expensive old ISDN technology,
> I'm hoping there are new solutions out there....Well, the two are merging to some extent in that many of the old ISDN boxes
now also work over IP, so instead of hooking up to each other on a
pay-per-minute ISDN line you can hook up together via the Internet (and as
long as both connection speeds are fast enough the quality can be just as
good, if not better, than via ISDN).
Coming back to your original e-mail - as Robert says his site's a good one
to start off with for an initial overview, but you'll probably want to
refine your questions in order to get more detailed answers.
(We've been using Internet videoconferencing for teaching languages online
for a while now, by the way - http://www.netlearnlanguages.com )