These links, with the exception of the last one to U of Warwick, are broken. A new list will be compiled.
I am searching for two or three perfect intros that are (1) short, (2) keyed to intelligent people, (3) not selling a product, and most important (4) informative. I will post the better ones here and if I find something REALLY good, I will let you know. This article is a work-in-progress.
Mind you, this article is intended to explore just the "introductions" to videoconferencing. In other articles I plan to find materials on "How much does videoconferencing cost?", "Common equipment in law schools", etc.
Here they are with some of my commentary.
- Start with someting fun...University of Washington TV has a series of corny, yet mildly informative videos about....video delivery. They are short (10 minutes) and stylized on the Twilight Zone.
- Pacbell or SBC (I guess they are the same company these days) has a huge amount of text and some good information at the link above. I point to to the "Introduction", but you can navigate from there. It's a lot to read, and it will give you the basics.
- A UK website for teachers in "post-compulsory" education has a short and sweet article that sums up the options nicely.
- Here's an interesting read. Navigating the Sea of Research on Video Conferencing-Based Distance Education A Platform for Understanding Research into the Technologys Effectiveness and Value from the folks who make the most popular videoconferencing equipment around - Polycom. I haven't finished reading it, but it is (naturally) quite positive about the efficacy of videoconferencing in distance education.
- And while we are at the Polycom website, I found this cogent and digestable article called Polycom® Guide to Conferencing and Collaboration. Certainly these folks know how to explain what they sell.
- This is a FAQ on Videoconferencing put out by CityIS, a video integration specialists company. This FAQ is super-short, but if you know almost nothing about videoconferencing, this will quickly answer a bunch of your questions.
- This Video Conferencing Guidelines is a Word document from the University of Warwick (a nice place to visit) that is short and concise - I like that!. It's setup up in a question-branch-to-answewr format which makes it easier to see what choices you are making and what recommendations work best with your choices.
I am sure I will find more, but my hour is up. More searching later.