ITServices now has a web conferencing service offering available via Elluminate Live!, a Blackboard product. This software allows users to host web-based, virtual meetings from the comfort of their own office. In-session capabilities include whiteboarding, chat, video, audio, file transfer, screen sharing, remote desktop sharing, polling and the ability to record a session for later use. Each session is able to hold 100 people.
The system requirements are fairly minimal and the software is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. In addition to running on Windows and Mac, Elluminate Live! is also supported by the manufacturer on Linux and Solaris operating systems.
Currently, the software is being used by both the Faculty of Education and Continuing and Distance Studies.
ITServices also has access available for staff and faculty to Elluminate Plan! and Elluminate Publish!. Elluminate Plan! allows users to pre-plan the contents of an Elluminate Live! session. Content prepared with Elluminate Plan! is reuseable from session to session, making it ideal for lectures or training. These planned sessions can be distributed to others for use in Elluminate Live!, allowing for consistency across instructors. Elluminate Publish! allows users to convert recorded sessions to a variety of video formats, suitable for post-production editing or upload to YouTube or a Streaming Account. Both of these pieces of software are used by booking the Podcasting Studio, or they can be bought directly from Elluminate.
Web conferencing accounts are available to faculty and staff, as well as students with a staff or faculty sponsor. These accounts take the form of either a single-use account, good for one meeting, or a multi-use account, which is active for an entire semester. Multi-use accounts can create any number of non-concurrent sessions, each with 100 seats available.
Watch a demo of Elluminate Live! .
For information on obtaining a web conferencing account, please visit the Web Conferencing Service Page.
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