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Old 04-28-2016, 10:17 AM
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My friend, a professor, wants to encourage the school where he works to hold video conferencing sessions for remote students who want to study but can't come to school. They told him to make a proper proposal for the board to consider so he's now looking for what's needed in video conferencing. Any ideas or suggestion?
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Well, a webcam, of course. Other than that, I know someone taking a class online using Fuze. I've watched and it seems fine.
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Online Training | GoToTraining is something I have used in the past and it works pretty well, assuming the required hardware is present and the connection speed is adequate.
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Not enough detail given to make specific comments.

Is this about streaming lectures? "Producing" and storing them where they'd be available for future viewing? One-on-one student/teacher consultation? Some combination of those? Something else?

Does the school have (or might consider acquiring) the server and network resources required to host this? Or since it sounds new-to-them would they more likely prefer a hosted service to avoid the required ongoing investment in hardware, software, and skilled labor to support it?


"Produce and store" for subsequent streaming is the easiest. YouTube and others offer "closed" as well as open access... and in some cases host live streaming as well. But most likely feedback would be needed (email don't cut it), and perhaps real-time questions during live streaming should be considered.

Surely somebody at the school has contacts? The "admin" types spend one hell of a lot of education funding attending conferences. They probably have a shoebox full of business cards from consultants who offer advice on this very thing (assuming they don't just drink and carouse the entire time).
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BTW:

Forget webcams. Just invest in a $300 camcorder, a $40 tripod, a couple of umbrella lights for well under $100, a good microphone possibly wireless but it doesn't have to be fantastic (~ $100 tops), and perhaps an inexpensive green-screen backdrop (maybe around $100 with its stand).

If the prof wants to walk around things change a little and the price goes up.

On the cheap just get a $200 camcorder, tripod, one extra light, and a simple decent wired lapel mic.

But just forget webcams.
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Oh yes...

When buying a stand and backdrop consider a package with black and white as well as greenscreen backdrops. Often a solid "negative space" in black or white makes for better videos. The greenscreen or bluescreen allows post-procesing to chroma-key a backdrop in, but often these are distractions and for that matter your lighting becomes far more critical anyway.

I've see packages with white, black, and green muslins go for as little as $60 including the stand and a case (~ 6' x 9', larger costs more).
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It's actually a mix. Something that can record lessons and something that can allow remote students to join and participate in live classes. I told him that maybe he can use Skype but he went to a consultant and was recommended OmniJoin. He was told that they can help set everything up so the only thing they need to do is to teach. I think they're exaggerating though and i can't help but wonder about the price.
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