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

Sean Holman sholman at mtroyal.ca
Thu May 7 08:31:16 MDT 2020

Fred, if you have access to Google Meet, I've found it to be extremely
stable. I used it to teach my classes during the final weeks of the
semester without any incident. Our union and faculty council have also used
it for their larger gatherings. And it's dead simple to log into. Zoom is
also a good alternative.

Sincerely, Sean

On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 7:51 AM Fred Vallance-Jones <fvjones at ukings.ca>

> 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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