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Reports and articles about Video Conferencing These resources have been vetted by RTOE for being highly informative and useful for anyone who is seeking to get an in-depth understanding of video conferencing. For educators who are in the process of making a decision about the who, what, when, where, why, and how-to for incorporating video conferencing into teaching and learning environments, we strongly suggest that you consider purchasing our monograph because it will allow you to see a synthesis of all the most important things you need to understand in one document and save you an enormous amount of time and energy. The articles and reports are listed by date to show the timeliness of each. This field is changing so rapidly that it is important to realize that many articles that are only one year or two old may have good advice but their descriptions about the technology may be out of date. Web Conferencing vs. Video Conferencing 01/08/2014 by Danielle Downs, IVCI At a very basic level, web conferencing focuses on content sharing while video conferencing focuses on providing face-to-face interaction. How to Have the Best Video Conference 12/13/2013, by Eileen Brown , ZDNet Top tips, tricks and best practices so you can hold interesting teleconferences and meetings Keeping Video Conferencing Simple 12/13/2013, by Ira M. Weinstein This white paper, sponsored by ClearOne, provides information and insight into how organizations can enjoy high quality visual collaboration without unnecessary cost and complexity. Role of Video Conferencing in Education 12/05/2013, by Justin Ferriman, LeanDash Roughly 41% of survey respondents indicated that they used video conferencing on a laptop or mobile device for school related activities in the past year.  One in three indicated that they will attend a virtual classroom or use distance learning in the coming academic year. Synchronous and Asynchronous Video Conferencing Tools in an Online Course 11/24/2013, David Wicks, Educational Technology The maturation of free ubiquitous video conferencing tools provides an opportunity for faculty members to experiment with alternatives to conventional asynchronous discussion forums commonly used in online courses. However, there continues to be debate about whether synchronous video conferencing has a meaningful role to play in an online course environment. Phoning It In: 5 Early Lessons from My Skype Classroom 11/22/2013, Nathan Faries, Vitae The first weeks of a new experience teaching courses via Skype have seen a few minor glitches—and one major tantrum. How to Earn a Graduate Degree on a Smartphone 11/14/2013, Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology With the help of a smartphone or tablet, graduate engineering students at USC can access live streaming lectures, and interact with their lecturer and fellow students. Many Devices Can Now Access Cloud-based Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) 11/05/2013, by Janet Zanetis, epic-ed Finally.  There is an easier (and cheaper) way for schools to connect using Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) -- students interacting with distant teachers, awesome places and other students. The Top 3 Things to Know About WebRTC 11/05/2013, by Morgan Stinson, Revation Systems WebRTC is short for Web Real Time Communication. The goal of WebRTC is to embed audio and video conferencing, screen sharing, and file sharing capabilities within Internet browsers, eliminating the need for downloads, plugins or third party applications. The Evolution of the Virtual Classroom 11/04/2013, by Lisa Avvocato, IVCI Eventually, video conferencing began to integrate into web conferencing solutions. Cloud-based virtual meeting rooms were also developed which provided a way for professors and students to interact face-to-face while simultaneously viewing the presentation The State of Video Conferencing: 10 Key Data Points 11/04/2013, by Chris Preimesberger, eWeek In this slide show by eWEEK and Norway-based virtualized conferencing platform maker Pexip are facts and figures about the current state of the video conferencing market and what users should know when selecting a conferencing solution. Mano a Mano: Web Conferencing versus Lecture Capture 11/2013, Panel discussions at WCET Conference in Denver Distance ed and online learning have leveraged the ubiquity of PC’s, smartphones, and tablets, and innovations in appliances, software, and search tools in recent years.  Web conferencing and lecture capture have been a part of that process, though each have “attacked” the challenges of online learning using different approaches. Mano a mano, when does each of these best the other, when are both requisite technologies, and how are they likely to evolve to address tomorrow’s teaching and learning challenges? Extending Video to the Web through Open Source H.264 10/30/2013, by Jonathan Rosenberg, Cisco Blog Cisco and many others support H.264, which is the foundation of our products and those of most of our competitors. The New Business Case for Video Conferencing 10/2013, by Ira M. Weinstein, Wainhouse Research The business case for video conferencing (VC) is changing.  Since the mid-1980s, organizations around the world have depended on video conferencing to help them conduct business in a cost-effective, efficient, and more productive manner. How Universities are Using Video Conferencing Technology 10/21/2013, by MegaMeeting Video conferencing software is standard in the corporate world, but it's also becoming commonplace in academia. Colleges and universities around the country have begun to realize that they can use the business communications technology to improve administrative tasks and education. Ensuring Success with Video Conferencing Services 10/21/2013, by Andrew W. Davis and Ira M. Weinstein, Wainhouse Research, sponsored by Video Guidance While video conferencing is easier to use and lower cost than ever before, it is unfortunately still a complicated technology.  The number of video-capable devices has proliferated in recent times, making interoperability an ongoing challenge. 10 Serious Questions You Should Ask About Your Video Conferencing System 10/28/2013, by Pexip If you can answer yes to all then, you are probably doing fine. Pathways to Personal Learning 09/25/2013, by John Halpin and Lorna Collier, Center for Digital Education The increase in mobile devices, digital content, data analytics, video tools and other technologies have helped make personalized learning much easier to accomplish. How Much Bandwidth Do You Need for Streaming Video? 08/26/2013, by  Barb Gonzalez, Digital Future Now, via HomeTheater.com For those who stream video from online sources, the speed at which data can be sent into their home is critical. If your connection isn't fast enough, streaming video can sometimes stall as it fills the buffer in the receiving device, or the content provider might send a lower-quality stream because it senses that your available speed can't handle anything more. Videoconferencing Effective Teaching Tool in Medical Schools 07/ 30/2013, by Tom Oswald and  Kari Hortos, MSU Today The researchers found that students who viewed synchronous lectures – lectures that were live and allowed the students and professor to interact – did just as well on a national test as students who listened to lectures live in the classroom. With WebRTC, Real-Time Communications Come to the Browser  06/05/2013, by Chris Minnick & Ed Tottel, Computerworld The WebRTC standard aims to make peer-to-peer communication over the Web as easy as picking up a phone. Here's what developers need to know about WebRTC, including how to set it up and what limitations the protocol currently faces. When to Talk, When to Chat: Student Interaction in Live Virtual Classrooms 06/2013, by Phu Vu and Peter J. Fadde, Journal of Interactive Online Learning This study explores students’ choices of verbal and text interaction in a synchronous Live Virtual Classroom environment that mixed onside and online learners. What's driving video interest and funding growth of video platforms? 05/2013, by Irwin Lazar, SearcUnifiedCommunications.com We are seeing four independent drivers that are growing interest in video conferencing and funding the procurement of video platforms.
Interoperability Issues Hinder Videoconferencing Advancement 04/09/2013, Larry Hettick, Network World Gary Audin begins by observing that while multiple video standards and proprietary solutions are available, most are not interoperable. He asserts that in the face of growing demand for videoconferencing, interoperability issues still need to be addressed. Multipoint Video Conferencing Goes Virtual 06/2012, by Ira M. Weinstein, Wainhouse Research, sponsored by Vidyo This study outlines the challenges associated with scaling a traditional video conferencing environment and highlights a next-generation video conferencing architecture that is changing many of the rules of video bridging. Real World Options for Multipoint Videoconferencing  04/2012 by Ira M. Weinstein, Wainhouse Research, sponsored by BlueJeans The need for videoconferencing has expanded far beyond the executive boardroom and now extends to desktops and portable devices. In short, high impact communications is no longer a luxury – it is a business requirement. How to Watch Flash Videos on Your iPad 03/20/2012, Renee Ritchie, iMore Trying to figure out how to watch Flash videos on your new iPad? Unfortunately, Apple has never supported the Adobe Flash Player plugin (or any web browser plugin) for a number of stability, security, and other reasons, and Adobe has recently discontinued their attempts to get Flash to work properly on mobile devices in general. (It was designed for big, powerful computers, not highly portable, low power phones and tablets.) Video Transmission Methods 03/13/2012, by Carol Stevens, Video Industry News When transmitting a live video feed to an audience, it is important to choose the method that best fits your project. There are three main ways to transmit video: satellite, fiber, or the Internet. Each of these has specific strengths and weaknesses when it comes to sharing your video, event, webcast, or broadcast interview. Stalking Videoconferencing Interoperabilty 03/2013, by Tim Kridel, Special to InfoComm International® The best videoconferencing endpoint is only as useful as its ability to connect to other videoconferencing endpoints, regardless of what company made them. That should go without saying, but it’s often not the case even when enterprise-grade platforms are involved. Video conferencing adoption: Tracking trends and deployment strategies 09/2012, by Katherine Trost, TechTarget, SearchUnifiedCommunications.com Video conferencing adoption is growing, and IT departments must install and integrate the technology to their best advantage. Whether it's room-based video conferencing, desktop video conferencing, telepresence, or a combination, this Expert Lesson guides you through the decision matrix to choose the best solution for your business needs and technical environment. It also covers how to evaluate your network needs, technical requirements you may be overlooking, and how to ensure interoperability with partner and client systems. Videoconferencing Takes to the Clouds 01/18/2012, by Carl Weinschenk, ITBusinessEdge In many ways, the potential benefits cloud infrastructure brings to videoconferencing track the benefits that it provides to other telecommunications sectors. Guide to Evaluating Video Conferencing Service Providers 06/2011, by John Bartlett, Search UnifiedCommunications.com Video conferencing service providers know how to structure a video service delivery process to ensure consistent, high-quality results for your users. Video Conferencing Standards and Interoperability Considerations 02/2011, by Katherine Trst, SearchUnifiedCommunications.com Video conferencing standards and protocols are necessary to define common means for video encapsulation and for session management. Thoughts on Flash 04/2010, by Steve Jobs, Apple Why iPhones, iPads and iPods do not allow Flash. Video conferencing tutorial 05/2008, published in Tech Target’s SearchUnifiedCommunications section Videoconferencing is becoming the most in-demand application of the new information age. Better, lower-cost technology, green IT initiatives and high travel costs have contributed to the rise of videoconferencing as a collaborative solution. This comprehensive tutorial details the ins and outs of videoconferencing, from basic architecture to advanced management and security solutions. VidyoConferencing and Education by Vidyo Learn how HD video conferencing can broaden course offerings to a wide geographical audience at an affordable cost, decrease absenteeism and improve student experience, and encourage team-teaching and improve staff development. Video Conferencing Expected to be Preferred Business Communications Tool in 2016 According to New Survey on Global Video Conferencing Trends and Etiquette by Polycom When asked to choose their preferred methods of communications today, respondents ranked video conferencing third (47 percent) after e-mail (89 percent) and voice/conference calls (64 percent), and those same business leaders and managers expect video to be their most preferred collaboration tool in three years (52 percent), followed by e-mail (51 percent) and voice/conference calls (37 percent). Publishers: All Things Digital AllThingsD.com is a Web site devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media. Center for Digital Education The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. EdTech Magazine Focus on Higher Education EdTech Review A community of and for various educational stakeholders aimed to spread awareness on education technology. EDUCAUSE section on Video Conferencing Features resources specifically for educators IVCI Collaboration Insight News, Commentary, and Insight Around Collaboration Journal of Interactive Online Learning Focuses on providing a venue for manuscripts, critical essays, and reviews that encompass disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in regards to issues related to higher-level learning outcomes. Nemertes Research Section on unified communications and colloaborat Tech Target, Unified Communications Section Features tutorials, white papers, feature articles, advice and blogs. This is an excellent resource for everything related to video conferencing from a technology perspective. Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCI Forum) A non-profit alliance of worldwide communications technology leaders working together to realize the potential of unified communications (UC) by increasing efficiency, decreasing implementation costs and improving the interoperability experience for UC customers. Video Industry News  A timely news resource provided by VideoLink. Video Conferencing News from MegaMeeting.com Links to articles about video conferencing from various publishers. Vidtel, Inc. Blog Vidtel has expertise in video communications, video conferencing service, VoIP innovation and telephony. VSee Blog This is an excellent resource with no-nonsense and highly educational reviews about video conferencing and video chat vendors, as well as advice and opinions that will help anyone who may be involved in a decision- making process for adopting a video system for their business or institution. Wainhouse Research Analyzes the market trends, technologies / products, vendors, applications, and related services in the Unified Communications and rich media conferencing fields. WebRTC. Org Everything about WebRTC Wikipedia The video conferencing section on Wikipedia is an excellent resource that covers history, technology, and much more.
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