Video conferencing technology allows two or more people at different
locations to see and hear each other at the same time. In addition, using
video conferencing it is often possible to share computer applications such as
documents, software, or library catalogs.
A video conferencing system must have audio-visual equipment (monitor,
camera, microphone, and speaker) as well as a means of transmitting information
between sites. Advances in telecommunications technologies
and lower costs have sparked an interest in compressed video conferencing
systems which transmit information via the Internet using Internet Protocols
(IP) and digital telephone networks such as ISDN.
Video conferencing connections may be limited to a
closed network (such as a LAN) or may use public networks (such as regular phone
lines). Many connect via ISDN because it is an economical solution for
high-quality video conferencing.
The benefits of video conferencing is tremendous.
First of all, it's almost like being there. The visual connection and
interaction among participants enhances understanding and helps participants
feel connected to each other. This goes a long way toward building relationships
in a way that e-mail, telephone, or online chat systems cannot, supporting
collaboration among traditionally isolated institutions.
A video conferencing system
can improve retention and appeal to a variety of learning styles by including
diverse media such as video or audio clips, graphics, animations, computer
For more information please
visit SBC's Video Conferencing Website.