Media Services has several options available to faculty and groups desiring remote conferencing services that do not require proprietary video conferencing equipment. To inquire about these services, please contact Media Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adobe Connect Pro
Adobe Connect Pro offers a suite of online meeting rooms, webinar, and web conferencing solutions. In its essence a Connect meeting room is an online webspace where presenters can share visual aids along with audio and video with remote participants.
The law school currently owns a small set of Connect meeting rooms which are primarly reserved for the Externship program. Additional meeting rooms may require extra annual licensing fees. However, if you have a unique need, please talk to us as we may be able to use an existing meeting room to support a one-off event and/or can discuss the future acquisition of additional Connect meeting rooms for your needs.
Law School Classrooms
Several law school classrooms have been setup to provide two-way audio for Adobe Connect web conferences. These classrooms include: Sullivan Hall room C5, 329, and the Law School Annex rooms 142 and 143. All other rooms, must depend on USB-based external microphones. Because these microphones have a limited range, we recommend they only be used in smaller settings.
Skype is a free online conferencing service, with paid-premium offerings which varies from Adobe Connect in many ways. It requires all users to install software on their devices and create Skype accounts for themselves. Skype also automatically rearranges remote party feeds on your screen, prioritizing whatever signal has the loudest sound. Wherease, with Adobe Connects the host has more control. Also, not all features or international locations are available with the free Skype accounts.
Because Skype is a free Internet based service; this means that its bandwidth allocations are subject to high volumes of users. It's servers are prone to being overloaded with traffic causing calls to become disconnected or become highly degraded. Therefore, it is best to only use Skype for low-risk conferences and interviews which involve as few video connections as possible. Interntional users, like in Mexico have also encountered numerous problems when trying to connect with Skype users in the US and such connections may require a per-minute Skype credit fee.
Webcamera Kits (Skype Kits) for Conference Rooms
Media Services has a Skype Kits that can be reserved and setup for small group Skype sessions. This involves a high-end noise cancellation microphone that is ideal for small groups, and a high-end web camera with a wider field of vision. This setup is particularly effective when used in the small seminar rooms. These are USB webcamera/microphones and can really be used with only conferencing services and is therefore not limited to Skype use.
To reserve the Skype Interview Kit, please fill out our Assistance/Equipment Setup Request Form.