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7 Things You Should Know About Telepresence
September 8, 2009

Telepresence refers to the application of complex video technologies to give geographically separated participants a sense of being together in the same location. These systems use high-definitio…

7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture
December 19, 2008

Lecture capture is an umbrella term describing any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally. In its simplest form, lecture …

7 Things You Should Know About Ustream
October 21, 2008

Ustream is an interactive web streaming platform that lets users broadcast their own channels on the Ustream network or on a third-party website such as MySpace or Facebook. Ustream offers a plat…

7 Things You Should Know About Skype
December 5, 2007

Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) application that lets users make free phone calls between Skype-equipped computers and inexpensive calls between Skype computers and landline or cel…

7 Things You Should Know About Remote Instrumentation
April 15, 2006

Remote instrumentation involves remote, network-based control of scientific instruments. The expense and complexity of specialized instruments limits some institutions' access to them, and l…

7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting
March 15, 2006

A screencast is a video recording of the actions on a user's computer screen, typically with accompanying audio, distributed through RSS. Screencasts can be thought of as video podcasts. The…

7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Editing
December 15, 2005

Collaborative editing tools allow a group of individuals to simultaneously edit a document, see who else is working on it, and watch in real time as others make changes. As a functional hybrid of…

7 Things You Should Know About Videoblogging
August 15, 2005

A videoblog, or vlog, is a Web log (blog) that primarily utilizes video rather than text or audio. Videoblogging offers a richer experience than text blogging by combining movies, sound, still im…

7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting
June 15, 2005

"Podcasting" refers to any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files to an MP3 player for listening at the user's convenience. Part of the…

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