Open Source Web Conferencing…

Well, it just doesn’t seem to go away. Just yesterday, I got another several emails from teachers wanting to archive classroom presentations. We have been exploring DimDim.com, Skype, and I just found a product called ePresence from the University of Toronto.

ePresence has really caught my curiosity. It is very polished and seems to be more powerful, but currently lacks support for creating presentations on a Mac OSX. While the system is setup for Windows Media, Quicktime, REAL Player, and Flash, we plan to only use flash so that will eliminate the need for a “media encoding station” as described in the setup. We plan to use it for 2 things: Live video conferencing much like a face-to-face meeting between 2 people/classrooms and for archiving instruction during a class.

We will have to wait and see how this all shakes out based on what teachers need for their classrooms. Based on our teacher needs, I guess it is up to me to find the proper solution for this.

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