Web conferencing is a distance learning and communication technology that enables a group of people, at their own computers, to conduct a real-time meeting or class, over the Internet. A web conference can bring to your classes or meetings the ability to discuss and present without everyone having to be in the same location. Each participant, at his or her own computer, has a front-row seat to the presentation, which includes two-way audio among participants, a presentation screen for PowerPoint and other text or media presentations, an interactive whiteboard, application sharing, directed tours of web sites, and more.
Conversation and discussion in the online meeting is conducted through each participant's computer. Audio participation is best through a microphone headset, or at the least, headphones or ear buds. If participants are not equipped with a microphone, the web conference includes an online chat window in which participants can type in questions or comments.
UW offers a couple web conferencing options, each with different advantages.
ClassLive or WyoLync?
When to use ClassLive and when to use WyoLync will be determined by the purpose and audience of your web conference. They are comparable web conferencing technologies, available in two different environments.
If you are using web conferencing with your Outreach supported class, ClassLive is recommended. ClassLive is an integral part of all Online UW classes and Outreach-supported eCompanions, and runs on both Windows and Mac computers. Technical support is provided by the Online UW Help Desk. Scheduling sessions and inviting participants is simplified. Instructors and students have access to ClassLive anytime from within their Online UW or eCompanion-supported Outreach class. Instructors only need to notify students through email and/or course home announcements when to show up in the course’s ClassLive “meeting room.” The First Time Users page provides directions for accessing ClassLive. Either take directions from there to include in your invitations, or direct your students to that page.
Including guest speakers in a ClassLive session is an excellent use of this accessible technology. However, your guest will need to be enrolled into your Online UW or eCompanion class, where they will access the class in the same way you and your students will. Send to Larry Jansen or Jeff Miller your request to enroll a guest in your class.
If your web conference includes a group outside of Outreach-supported classes, WyoLync is the better choice. WyoLync web conferencing is an excellent option for training, meetings, demonstrations, or any program with an audience distributed across campus, across the state, or around the globe.
Users with a UWYO network account can download and install WyoLync, available for both Windows and Mac users. Scheduling a WyoLync web conference as simple as creating an Outlook meeting request and clicking the “Live Meeting” button. Participants outside the UWYO network can also be included in a WyoLync conference.