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Videoconferencing FAQs

What is videoconferencing?
Videoconferencing is an interactive tool that combines the use of video, computing, and communications technologies to allow people in different locations to meet face-to-face to conduct a conference. Users see and hear each other in real-time, allowing natural conversations not possible with voice-only communications technology.

Present-day applications of videoconferencing technology are just the beginning. As video and voice capture technology, software, and display technologies continue to improve, the experience of videoconferencing will become increasingly natural and intuitive to a wider range of users. Eventually videoconferencing and similar technologies will allow the creation of "virtual cities," online spaces where people work together without the constraint of geographic proximity. This may decrease urban congestion and save the environment by making it possible for skilled workers living in the suburbs to acquire high-paying jobs without the commute.

Can I connect to one or multiple locations?
There are two types of videoconferences you can conduct: a point-to-point videoconference takes place between two locations (or sites); and a multi-point videoconference can take place among several (three or more) locations (or sites) and all participate in the same videoconference (similar to a telephone conference call). A multi-point videoconference requires the use of the University of Windsor video bridge.

Can I transmit information to the other participating sites?
Yes. Through the use of a document camera, one can send images, x-ray film, agendas, etc. to the other sites. A laptop can also be plugged in to transmit PowerPoint presentations, etc. Please notify the videoconferencing coordinator in advance if you are planning to use a laptop or send content since not all sites support content sharing.

What is the lead time for reserving a videoconference call?
Videoconference rooms are scheduled on a space available, first-served basis. We require a minimum of three business days advance notice to book a videoconference call.

How early should I arrive for the videoconference?
It is recommended that you arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of your meeting.