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How do I use video collaboration?

To use video collaboration you need at least a webcam and software. Many laptops and tablets have a webcam built-in. For computers we recommend Logitech webcams, these work automatically with the university workspace.

Tools

As the examples demonstrate there is a huge diversity in video collaboration tools. Which tool is best depends on your situation and goal.

Virtual classroom

For a virtual classroom there are a number of options, depending on the number of students and whether or not they study at the RUG.

Blackboard collaborate is highly suitable for a virtual classroom within your Nestor course. Students can work together or you can set up a question and answer session.

Bluejeans is a virtual meeting room that works straight from the browser. Students or users do not need a Nestor or even an RUG account to use Bluejeans. Bluejeans is only available through request.

Meeting

For meeting online external tools such as Skype or Google Hangouts are the most convenient programs to use. For Google Hangouts you can use your RUG staff or student email. Skype is available through the university workspace. For both tools you can find more information at https://www.skype.com/nl/ and https://hangouts.google.com/.

If you are not sure what solution works best for you or if you are looking for specific advice please contact the video services (tel: 050 363 8282 or email: video@rug.nl).

Last modified:22 March 2017 5.34 p.m.
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