Instructor in videoconferencing room

Web and Video Conferencing - what is the difference? 

Please use navigation links on the left to explore the options of Web and Video conferencing as well as the commonalirties and differences these two modalities have.

In brief and in general:

Web conferencing can be originated from any computer and received on any computer. Software used, but not limited: Google Hangouts, Adobe Connect, etc. 

Video Conferencing requires specially equipped rooms, and students also need to go to the VC rooms at various locations. Atomosphere in a Video Conferencing class is the closest to a traditional, face-to-face, environment. Equipment used for video conferencing is called Polycom. 

Rooms equipped with a Polycom unit come in various shapes, sizes and configurations. Due to this fact, it’s possible that your specific configuration is unique and therefore not explicitly covered in the support materials. If this is the case, please contact your local resources in the event of technical difficulties or for further information.

Each of your videoconferenced courses will have a call automatically scheduled to connect the participating sites together. Most of the time, you will only have to ensure that the Polycom unit is turned on and plugged in to the internet. Occasionally you may wish to change some settings or to share other content with the connected sites. In order to aid you in these endeavors, we have prepared a web-based reference guide for your consumption here on the learn.maine.edu Faculty Portal.

Please let us know if you have any questions: uc-fdc@maine.edu