Video conferencing allows people at two or more locations to see and hear each other at the same time:
- Point-to-point video conferencing allows for two parties to communicate from two different sites
- Multi-point video conferencing allows for parties at two or more sites to participate in one video conference
Most, if not all, sites with video conferencing facilities have the capability to support point-to-point video conferences. However, many sites require access to equipment supplied by a third party to conduct multi-point video conferences.
The Board of Regents maintains and supports centralized equipment which may be used by in-state higher education institutions when assistance is needed in conducting multi-point video conferences for educational, administrative, or research purposes.
Higher education institutions wishing to access the Board of Regents equipment, must:
- have access to a video conferencing facility
- have a network connection to LONI or other ISP with enough bandwidth and stability to transmit and receive the data necessary for their video conferencing facilities
The video conferencing scheduled on the Board of Regents equipment falls into two primary categories:
- Ad-Hoc Meetings – administrative type meetings where participants are at multiple locations, usually scheduled on an “as-needed” basis
- Scheduled Classes – classes having students at multiple campuses, usually scheduled on a recurring basis for an entire semester
Please see the menu items under Video Conferencing above for more information on video conferencing services offered by the Board of Regents or to request scheduling of the equipment mentioned above.