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It is difficult if not impossible to always meet face to face (F2F) with other people. Where we have access to the internet, we can use web based synchronous (online at the same time) meeting tools. These allow us the immediacy of a F2F meeting without the cost of time and travel of a F2F meeting. There are challenges meeting via the web, but these can be met with some consideration to both what technology and processes we use, as well as sound meeting design. This page talks a bit about web based meeting tools.
Do you know about synchronous meeting tools like Blackboard Collaborate, Live Meeting, GooglePlus and others? Please, add your knowledge to this page. We are particularly interested in the application for meetings for widespread global groups.
There are a range of free and paid web based tools that allow groups to have meetings together with a distributed group of participants. These are “same time” or synchronous tools, which means everyone is online at the same time. This page looks at the technology issues behind webmeeting tools.
When you want to connect to and share presentations with people who are in multiple locations. There are a number of different use cases but a couple of common ones are:
There are both paid and free web meeting tools. First you should determine what sorts of activities you need to support with your meeting and what tool features help support those activities. Then TEST the features. A tool that feels good on one platform may not suit your need on another, even though they are called the same thing. This list needs further updating.
- remote desktop sharing (e.g. especially useful for software trainings) - quite reliable, also in case of low bandwidth (e.g. Skype's powerful group chat features)
- no license cost - no server technology needed
and excellent for on-demand support at the workplace. However, this is just a good starting point, an Intranet solution or a corporate academy solution may require more infrastructure. [Sebastian Hoffman]
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