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Video Conferencing

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 applications.

For more information please visit SBC's Video Conferencing Website.