Classrooms owned by OCM offer different capabilities for calls and conferences. In general "web conferencing" refers to calls on a web-based app or program, such as Google Hangouts or WebEx. "Video conferencing" refers to conference calls using specific hardware installed in specific OCM classrooms. The distinctions are important to make sure you get the support you need.
Web-based conference calls at a glance:
- WebEx (see OIT resources for WebEx)
- Google Hangouts (see OIT resources for Google Hangouts)
- Web calls on a laptop
- Make ad hoc calls
- Camera focuses on one person
- Microphones and cameras available in select rooms
Web conferencing and web calls are great for group collaboration meetings and webinars. Some OCM classrooms are equipped with microphones, webcams, and class capture equipment to aid in making web conference calls. See web conferencing for instructions on how to use the equipment. Use Room Search to find a room that supports web conferencing.
Video conferences at a glance:
- Requires validation and setup, scheduled at least one week in advance
- Requires both locations to have specific hardware (e.g. Cisco Telepresence)
- Requires both locations to provide IP or SIP address
- Connects multiple locations
- Camera captures an entire room of people
- Only available in select rooms
Video conferencing is limited in its availability compared to web conference calls, and is used for different purposes such as when you need to broadcast an entire room of people, or connect multiple locations. It requires using hardware specific to the rooms where it is supported, and must be arranged at least a week in advance with OCM.