The University has facilities for video conferencing at both North and City campuses.
The equipment allows a variety of camera positions to be selected using a remote, including left, right, chair and full room view. It can also be hooked up to a PC, laptop or visualiser to allow the user to give presentations accompanied by a voiceover from the room.
There are facilities for viewing the image being beamed out whilst simultaneously viewing the remote location. This is known as picture in picture, and allows the user to monitor what is being seen by the remote end whilst still maintaining a view of the other end.
Some of the uses that this facility has been put to are listed below:
- Academic meetings between LondonMet and other institutions in the UK and overseas
- For sharing course information with other institutions.
- Experimental distance learning, eg lectures and seminars involving remote students
- Remote job interviews
- Viva voce examinations of PhD students, where subject experts are at remote locations
- Marketing the University to prospective foreign students in their home countries; utilising existing foreign students as ambassadors explaining and interacting with the potential recruits.
- Inter campus meetings between staff
- Occasional commercial use by companies and individuals.
As well as the video phone, many sites have facilities for sending video data and graphics. Some LondonMet sites have dedicated video conferencing rooms.
The service is available to staff and sponsored students. There is no cost to internal users for a conference call over IP or to receive a call over ISDN; but there are call charges to make ISDN calls.
It is also available for external commercial users, for a charge (Prices are available on request).
In order to use the service contact the Service Desk, or by contacting one of the IT & Media Help Desks via email phone or in person.
For further information please see Video Conferencing.