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                I’d be interested in hearing what other institutions are using for synchronous web conferencing/ teaching tools, and how they like what they have. We’ve been using Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Wimba) and it’s been a good system for us, albeit a little on the pricey side. Does anyone use a system that’s not strictly geared toward the higher ed market, such as Webex or GoToMeeting?





Kent Barclay

Associate Dean of Academic Technology

Endicott College

376 Hale St.

Beverly, MA 01915


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Thanks Steve, you make a great point about students being more likely to encounter this in the ‘real world’ after graduation. I’ll check it out.




Kent Barclay

Associate Dean of Academic Technology

Endicott College

376 Hale St.

Beverly, MA 01915



I came across a more ad hoc (free) product a couple of weeks ago at a conference. Twiddla:



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Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

University of Arizona
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Hi Kent.

It will be interesting to track what low-cost options have the best functionality and access to analytics you can use to track student, faculty, and staff use. Also, a system that allows you to record sessions and track who is viewing the recordings would be helpful. I know you can record GH sessions via YouTube but I am not sure how practical it would be to do so across an institution given campus-wide adoption of GH.

Kelvin Bentley


We just “interviewed” BlueJeans and Vidyo.  No idea what the price difference is but the user experience with Scopia was head and shoulders above BlueJeans and Vidyo.  We were given 14-day trials of all three and were able to run some meetings with real use cases and we’re currently more enamored of Scopia by Radvision. 



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Came across this in an Educause presentation this year. Not sure what all is behind it and it doesn’t seem to be quite up to date, but there might be some helpful links/resources here for someone…



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Wow, some excellent responses and no shortage of tools to investigate further. So that I don’t have to keep clogging the listserv with my individual responses and thank you’s to each one, I’ll do a blanket thank you to everyone who already responded and in advance for those who may still. Thank you all! J





Kent Barclay

Associate Dean of Academic Technology

Endicott College

376 Hale St.

Beverly, MA 01915



Hello all

We are piloting Big Blue Button at the present time. BBB is open source and integrates with a variety of LMS products -

We also support Adobe Connect Pro and BB Collaborate but there are number of institutions looking to save costs by going to an open source or lower cost option.


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Hello all,


Like you Kent we (Winston-Salem State University) also use Blackboard Collaborate and I absolutely love it.


However, I am part of a group of librarians who meet virtually once a month to share the latest and cool tech tools we are using. When we host a meeting, we try and experiment with a different web conferencing tool monthly.


GoToMeeting is very easy to use; Webex on the other hand was a tad bit cumbersome.


I am hosting the meeting this month and I am going to try


Has anyone used this web conferencing tool?




Melinda M. Livas

Distance Services Librarian

Mathematics Liaison

C.G. O’Kelly Library

Winston Salem State University


Skype: savilm03


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Melinda, did you had a chance to try SeeVogh? What was your experience?

Thanks & best regards,


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