General Resources

Choosing between Blackboard Collaborate, WebEx and WisLine Anytime Web (WEB)

ICS services comparison: Webconferencing vs. Videoconferencing vs. Webcasting vs. Audioconferencing (PDF)

ICS Learning Design Team (for questions, demos, trainings and free consultations)

Webconferencing (Blackboard Collaborate, WebEX, Mediasite) Resources

What is webconferencing?

Webconferencing allows presenters to share audio, webcam video, PowerPoints and files while interacting with participants in real-time. Both participants and presenters/moderators can join a webconference from any computer.

Why would you use webconferencing?

  • Presenter primarily wants to share audio and powerpoint/computer content.
  • Presenter wants a high level of interactivity with the audience.
  • Participants are in many separate locations and cannot gather in large groups.
  • Webconferencing is very affordable.

Webconferencing Resources

General Webconferencing

Webconferencing Services Comparison Chart (PDF)

Best Practices for Presenters (PDF)

Webconferencing Moderator and Presenter Responsibilities (DOC)

ICS Webconferencing Services Pricing (WEB)

Stop! Collaborate and Listen: Best Practices in Webinar Development” by Thomas Arendalkowski and Karla Farrell (WEBINAR, 2013)

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate System Test (WEB)

Blackboard Collaborate Participant Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Blackboard Collaborate Moderator Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Blackboard Collaborate Setup Slides (PPTX) – For moderators/presenters who want introductory orientation to BBC slides for their participants.

Blackboard Collaborate Training Slides (PPTX) – A walkthrough of the basic BBC tools along with tips for running an effective BBC session.

WisLine Anytime Web

WisLine Anytime Web Product Overview (WEB)


Webex System Test (WEB)

WebEx Getting Started Guide (PDF)

Webcasting (Mediasite & Tricaster)

What is webcasting?

Webcasting allows presenters to stream high definition video and audio of themselves, as well as PowerPoints and and other computer content over the internet. Participants view the webcast in a web browser but have limited ways to interact with the presenter.

Why would you use webcasting?

  • Presentation is primarily lecture-style with no need for audience participation beyond Q&A.
  • High-definition video of the presenter is important for the event.
  • Internet video/DVD content is an integral part of the presentation.

Webcasting Resources

Mediasite Technical Requirements/Site Test (WEB)

Mediasite Test Webcast (WEB)

Troubleshooting Playback Issues (WEB)

Videoconferencing (Wisline Video)

What is videoconferencing?

Videoconferencing allows two or more locations to be fully connected with two-way video and audio. Presenters in a videoconference can also share computer and other content. All videoconferencing participants can be seen and heard during the conference. Videoconferencing is the most interactive distance technology offered by ICS; however, it requires specialized equipment/rooms. Participants in a videoconference must travel to a videoconference “site” in order to participate.

Why would you use videoconferencing?

  • Interactivity is crucial to the event.
  • Participants will be talking extensive with each other during the event, rather than listening passively to a lecture.
  • Participants want to meet each other and are able to group together to access videoconferencing site(s).

Videoconferencing Resources

Effective Videoconferences Training Slides (PPTX)

Videoconferencing Roles Worksheet (DOCX)

Jabber Video

What is Jabber Video?

Jabber Video is software that allows a computer to connect to a conventional videoconference room system. Jabber Video clients can also connect to other Jabber Video clients, allowing users to share their webcam video, audio and computer content.

Why would you use Jabber?

  • The main event is a videoconference, but a presenter is not able to travel to a videoconferencing site.
  • A video call needs to be made between two computers, with higher reliability and quality than is provided by free video calling services.

Jabber Resources

Jabber User Guide (PDF)