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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

TelePresence and Video Conferencing

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/videoconferencing.html

What is Video Conferencing?  

Video Conferencing allows people in multiple locations to communicate with one another by simultaneous video and audio transmissions. Interactions are synchronous, or in real-time.

Enterprise Tools: 

These tools are fully supported. Contact the ITS Service Desk at 507.389.6654 for assistance.

  • TelePresence- Cisco TelePresence is a high definition, virtual learning environment that makes students feel like they are in the same room as their educator and other students - some students can be in our Mankato location, while others are at our Edina location or at a remote site. Cisco TelePresence enables eye-to-eye contact between participants as well as allowing participants to observe nonverbal cues.
  • Adobe Connect Pro - Adobe Connect Pro is a Video Conferencing/Virtual Meeting Software - allowing for up to 100 attendees, webcam access for presenters, VoIP, and a secure unsearchable link to meetings that you can email to attendees. You can share websites, files, applications or your desktop with attendees, have open discussions with all attendees getting access to the whiteboard, chat, and annotation tools, break off into groups, and have multiple presenters, create polls, record sessions for later viewing.
  • Lync - Lync allows you to connect with others through instant messaging (IM), video calls, or online meetings. All faculty, staff and students have access to Lync and they login with their Minnesota State Mankato credentials.  

Staff Favorites: 

These tools are not supported. These are favorite tools of the ATS Staff and they may be able to offer assistance. Primary support is usually found on the websites for these tools.

  • Google Hangouts- Google Hangouts combines live audio and video recording to allow users to connect with one another from any computer, Androi, and Apple devices.  
  • Skype- Skype is a video and voice call program that allows users with a webcam and microphone to connect with one another from any location with an Internet connection.

Matrix of Features:

 
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TelePresence
Lync
Google Hangouts
Skype
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Supports multiple endpoints
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Connect from mobiles (laptop, tablet, or smartphone)
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Share presenter screen
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Officially Supported
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Compared Difficulty (Easy=1- Difficult=5)
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