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All,

 

I am wondering if anyone is using Microsoft Lync web conferencing solution for online courses or online meetings?  If yes, Could you please share your experience.

 

Thank you much

 

Spalding

 

 

 

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We have been using Office Communication server and now Lync.  We are a Microsoft shop using AD and in-house Exchange mail servers for students and faculty/staff.

Works very well and users do their own scheduling.  Only real issue is for classes that need to mike all students.  For those classes we have to use one of our distance education rooms.  Records well...but a major pain to edit content after it has been recorded.

Chip

Chip Eckardt
CIO
UW-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Very nice. I like the self-service ability for anyone on campus to initiate a Web conference. 

Does Lync Web Conferencing integrates seamlessly with Blackboard Learn, Instructure Canvas, Moodle and other LMS  systems? Also, does Lync Web conferencing support question polls and breakout rooms? 

How does it compare against the feature sets of Adobe Connect or Elluminate Live?

Thanks. 

--- Ed Garay  
  
Assistant Director for Academic Computing
University of Illinois at Chicago
Academic Computing and Communications Center
Director, UIC Instructional Technology Lab



** in hotel rooms, I'd take Wi-Fi over running water (hands down) 

We are part of a System-wide implementation of D2L so we do not have Lync integrated.

Chip Eckardt
CIO
UW-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Message from shelf@westernu.edu

We (faculty and staff) use it between buildings, sometimes, to share screens and see one another, rather than use the phone.

 

Perhaps more appropriate to addressing distance issues, we use it for the same purposes, as well as small group meetings, between our Pomona campus and Lebanon campus nearly 1,000 mi. away.

 

It seems to work quite well for us.

 

Having said that, I still use GoToMeeting for meetings with non-WesternU folks. While apparently I can still use Lync for this purpose, GoToMeeting seems just a little more seamless for those not set up with Lync.

 

If you would like, I can refer you to some faculty here you use Lync extensively, who would be happy to share their experience.

 

 

Please let me know if I may be of further service.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Helf, DO, MSIT

Chief Technology Officer-COMP

Director, Academic Informatics

Assistant Professor

 

Department of Academic Informatics

Office of Academic Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Western University of Health Sciences

309 East 2nd Street

Pomona, CA  91766

 

909-781-4353

shelf@westernu.edu

 

www.westernu.edu

 

 

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Eckardt, Chip
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 4:02 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

We have been using Office Communication server and now Lync.  We are a Microsoft shop using AD and in-house Exchange mail servers for students and faculty/staff.

 

Works very well and users do their own scheduling.  Only real issue is for classes that need to mike all students.  For those classes we have to use one of our distance education rooms.  Records well...but a major pain to edit content after it has been recorded.

 

Chip

Chip Eckardt

CIO

UW-Eau Claire

105 Garfield Ave.

Eau Claire, WI 54701


Message from cloy.tobola@ndsu.edu

For any of you using this, how is the functionality with Macs? How about XP?

Best regards,

-Cloy

-- 

Cloy D. Tobola, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Information Officer
North Dakota State College of Science


Great functionality with XP.  I know you can participate from a Mac but I do not know if the experience is as good—it very well may be, just no experience.

 

Chip

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Tobola, Cloy
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:55 AM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

For any of you using this, how is the functionality with Macs? How about XP?

 

Best regards,

 

-Cloy

 

-- 

 

Cloy D. Tobola, Ph.D.

Interim Chief Information Officer
North Dakota State College of Science

 

 

Using Lync Web conferencing on Macs works great (I hear). The only requirement is to have Silverlight installed on the Macs, which is becoming common these days, and only take a couple of minutes to install.  I have also seen a Lync app for the iPad.
--- Ed
 
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:41 PM
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing
 

Great functionality with XP.  I know you can participate from a Mac but I do not know if the experience is as good—it very well may be, just no experience.

 

Chip

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Tobola, Cloy
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:55 AM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

For any of you using this, how is the functionality with Macs? How about XP?

 

Best regards,

 

-Cloy

 

--

 

Cloy D. Tobola, Ph.D.

Interim Chief Information Officer
North Dakota State College of Science

 

 

We use Lync for the Mac without issues, Android Tabet version works great, and the iPad version works very well. ___________________________________ Charles Keeler Mitchell College Office of Information Technology Chief Technology Officer (860) 701-5254 From: Ed Garay > Organization: UIC Academic Computing & Communications Center Reply-To: Ed Garay > Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:14:45 -0500 To: EDUCAUSE Listserv > Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing Using Lync Web conferencing on Macs works great (I hear). The only requirement is to have Silverlight installed on the Macs, which is becoming common these days, and only take a couple of minutes to install. I have also seen a Lync app for the iPad. --- Ed From: Eckardt, Chip Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:41 PM To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing Great functionality with XP. I know you can participate from a Mac but I do not know if the experience is as good—it very well may be, just no experience. Chip From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Tobola, Cloy Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:55 AM To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing For any of you using this, how is the functionality with Macs? How about XP? Best regards, -Cloy -- Cloy D. Tobola, Ph.D. Interim Chief Information Officer North Dakota State College of Science cloy.tobola@ndscs.edu
Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

We are also federating our usage of OCS /Lync with Univ of Texas institutions that are deploying the product;  I can then see colleagues presence etc at participating institutions and easily video call etc. We do see some challenges crossing campus borders but can usually work through them.

 

Since we are talking about Lync, I learned about a change in Office 365 cloud services planned for higher education this summer. Microsoft has added conferencing to the list of items that an institution can obtain thru Office 365 at no charge for faculty/staff and students. Since we integrate our telephone system in with OCS, we are currently preferring on premise here at System Administration. But looking at one project that spans multiple UT institutions, had this been available a few months ago, we might well have signed up all the participants in the cloud version to easily be able to do live meetings. Not all of our project  institutors project have deployed OCS/Lync; and we had to do some work around to support those campuses where people needed to initiate a meeting.

See announcement at:   

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2012/03/14/new-lower-prices-for-office-365.aspx

and our higher ed specific schedule is at:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/learn-about-office-365.aspx?locale=en-US&country=US

The short version is that plans A1 and A2 are now no cost for institutions: Office Web Apps, IM & Presence, SharePoint Online, Conferencing  ,  email-calendar-AV/AS-Personal archive level. It does not include voice, voicemail and advanced archiving etc (those are in higher plans).

Regards, Marg

 

____________________________________________________

Margaret H. Knox                  mknox@utsystem.edu

 

Chief Information Officer (CIO)     (512)322-3774   

The University of Texas System

CTJ 2.218 78701

      

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Ed Garay
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:15 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

Using Lync Web conferencing on Macs works great (I hear). The only requirement is to have Silverlight installed on the Macs, which is becoming common these days, and only take a couple of minutes to install.  I have also seen a Lync app for the iPad.

--- Ed

 

Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:41 PM

Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

Great functionality with XP.  I know you can participate from a Mac but I do not know if the experience is as good—it very well may be, just no experience.

 

Chip

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Tobola, Cloy
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:55 AM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

For any of you using this, how is the functionality with Macs? How about XP?

 

Best regards,

 

-Cloy

 

--

 

Cloy D. Tobola, Ph.D.

Interim Chief Information Officer
North Dakota State College of Science

 

 

Marge,
 
I was interested by your comment about federation so I did a quick search and found several directories of institutions doing this.  I think this is a really neat idea!
 
 
 
 
BTW, I found it timely that you posted the new Office 365 pricing one minute before I did.  :)
 
Cheers,
 
Tristan Rhodes
 
--
Tristan Rhodes
Network Engineer
Weber State University
(801) 626-8549


>>> On 3/20/2012 at 1:44 PM, in message <C40EBC3E24775C4894392C7C2B7FFD94180179E8@EXMBX03.austin.utexas.edu>, "Knox, Marg" <mknox@AUSTIN.UTEXAS.EDU> wrote:

We are also federating our usage of OCS /Lync with Univ of Texas institutions that are deploying the product;  I can then see colleagues presence etc at participating institutions and easily video call etc. We do see some challenges crossing campus borders but can usually work through them.

 

Since we are talking about Lync, I learned about a change in Office 365 cloud services planned for higher education this summer. Microsoft has added conferencing to the list of items that an institution can obtain thru Office 365 at no charge for faculty/staff and students. Since we integrate our telephone system in with OCS, we are currently preferring on premise here at System Administration. But looking at one project that spans multiple UT institutions, had this been available a few months ago, we might well have signed up all the participants in the cloud version to easily be able to do live meetings. Not all of our project  institutors project have deployed OCS/Lync; and we had to do some work around to support those campuses where people needed to initiate a meeting.

See announcement at:   

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2012/03/14/new-lower-prices-for-office-365.aspx

and our higher ed specific schedule is at:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/learn-about-office-365.aspx?locale=en-US&country=US

The short version is that plans A1 and A2 are now no cost for institutions: Office Web Apps, IM & Presence, SharePoint Online, Conferencing  ,  email-calendar-AV/AS-Personal archive level. It does not include voice, voicemail and advanced archiving etc (those are in higher plans).

Regards, Marg

 

____________________________________________________

Margaret H. Knox                  mknox@utsystem.edu

 

Chief Information Officer (CIO)     (512)322-3774   

The University of Texas System

CTJ 2.218 78701

      

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Ed Garay
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:15 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

Using Lync Web conferencing on Macs works great (I hear). The only requirement is to have Silverlight installed on the Macs, which is becoming common these days, and only take a couple of minutes to install.  I have also seen a Lync app for the iPad.

--- Ed

 

Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:41 PM

Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

Great functionality with XP.  I know you can participate from a Mac but I do not know if the experience is as good—it very well may be, just no experience.

 

Chip

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Tobola, Cloy
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:55 AM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Lync Web Conferencing

 

For any of you using this, how is the functionality with Macs? How about XP?

 

Best regards,

 

-Cloy

 

--

 

Cloy D. Tobola, Ph.D.

Interim Chief Information Officer
North Dakota State College of Science

 

 

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