[acc-cca-l] Looking for thoughts on sound/video quality, usability of video conferencing systems

Evan Light elight at glendon.yorku.ca
Thu May 7 07:55:44 MDT 2020

We had a faculty council meeting by Zoom a couple weeks ago with close
to 80 participants and didn't have any issues. My main concern with Zoom
is privacy (data is all stored in the U.S.). JItsi Meet is worth
considering if you want to self-host.




On 2020-05-06 9:58 a.m., Chris Waddell wrote:
> Fred
>  The big drawback with Teams is that only four people can be on the
> screen at any one time if you want to have everyone connected by
> video. Don' know what the cost is but I have used Go To Meeting with
> up to 60–70 participants (not all were on video)  but it worked quite
> well.
> Concordia has also used Bluejeans successfully for the national course
> that Patti Sonntag has led with 20 or so participants.
> best wishes
> Chris
> On May 6, 2020, at 09:51, Fred Vallance-Jones <fvjones at ukings.ca
> <mailto:fvjones at ukings.ca>> wrote:
> [External Email]
> Hello everyone,
> I am hoping to get some wisdom from the hive here. We are doing our
> King's summer data school online this year, and it will involve a
> number of live sessions with students, along with a lot of
> asynchronous content.
> There are three video conferencing platforms with which I am familiar
> from recent experience here at King's, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and
> Blackboard Collaborate (part of BrightSpace). They all seem to have
> the same base functionality of being able to pull a group together for
> a meeting, online class, etc, share a screen, etc.  I am trying to get
> a sense of whether any of these has regular problems with
> connectivity, sound or video quality, or ease of use. Have you
> experienced such issues? Would you recommend against using one of
> these because of those issues? Is one particularly solid? 
> This question is aside from the known security issues with Zoom, which
> I know are being worked upon, and specific issues about whether a
> particular platform is supported internally at an institution.
> There would be up to 20 people online at once for the data school.
> I have not considered Skype because I have found it unreliable, with
> frequent dropped calls and the like.
> Thanks in advance for any thoughts you can provide.
> Fred VJ
> Fred Vallance-Jones
> Associate Professor of Journalism
> University of King's College
> Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Evan Light, PhD
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Communications program - Programme de communications
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