Video conferencing is a term used for a live connection between people in different geographical locations to allow them to communicate synchronously via various internet sites. The communication is in the form of audio, with accompanying text, static images or video (both live and pre-recorded), or it can be in the form of static images and text. There are a number of tools that can be used for video conferencing, such as Skype, Google Hangouts and Adobe Connect (see UCT ICTS website for other options).
Adobe Connect is a synchronous virtual meeting platform which supports audio and video conferencing. Adobe Connect service offers online meeting experiences for collaboration, virtual classrooms and large scale webinars, through online features such as slide presentations, desktop sharing, white board and chat.
Video conferencing can promote authentic learning by inviting experts to join the virtual classroom. Video conferencing also allows learners or educators to collaborate with peers who share the same interests, to undertake research, or even just to share resources and knowledge.
Some of the benefits include:
Authentic learning through role play, problem-solving and working with subject experts
Feedback provided as video/audio
Enhanced digital literacy skills by participating in online discussion forums and sessions Increased participation and motivation for complex courses
Some limitations and challenges include:
Must have sufficient internet connectivity.
Managing and supporting participation requires explicit instruction and consultation.
Students with limited digital literacy can experience
Note: Only Adobe Connect hosts require accounts. Students and participants are invited on as guests.
Inviting others to your online meeting
Once the host creates a meeting, they can share the meeting link with anyone that should be invited (e.g. through an email, Vula announcement or webpage). When the participant receives the link, they will enter the room as guest and add their name. Ensure that participants have run the connection test. You may want to ask them to access the meeting room ahead of time and to work through the visual quick start guide for participants.