Product Definitions

Web Conferencing Defintions

Commonly used Web Conferencing definitions of functions and capabilities

Annotation

The ability for either the presenters or the audience to mark on the material presented. Available tools include highlighters, straight and free-hand lines, circles, ovals, rectangles, text, and stamps (x's and checks).

Application Share Control

This allows the presenter and the attendees to collaborate in real-time by sharing control of an application. Any application on the desktop can be shared. Participants do not need to have the application installed.

Application Sharing

This is the real-time showing and viewing of an application broadcasted to all participants. Viewers do not have the ability to control the application in any way. Any application available on the desktop can be shared. Participants do not need to have the application installed.

Desktop Share Control

This is the ability for an attendee to grant control of their desktops to the presenter. This feature is useful in a technical support environment where a user is having problem with his/her computer and the support personnel needs to change the system configurations or just interact directly with a customer's desktop.

Desktop Sharing

This is the real-time showing and viewing of a participant's desktop (usually the presenter's) broadcasted to all participants. Viewers do not have the ability to control the desktop shown unless the presenter allows for remote control.

Document Sharing

The ability to show documents to all participants. Attendees do not have the control to change items on the actual document files. Examples of documents include Microsoft Word files, Excel files, WordPerfect files, etc.

File Sharing

This is the ability for all participants (the presenter and the attendees) to upload and download any files.

Pacing/Feedback

There must be a way for the students to provide the instructors with immediate feedback about the class at that moment so that the instructor may adjust his/her presentation accordingly. This feedback may include the pacing of the course and the comprehension of the material being presented and do not need to be recorded.

Polling

The ability to allow instructors to set polling questions in the class agenda prior to the start of the class. There must also be ability to record the results of the polling questions for further review. Student names are not necessary when reviewing these poll results. For example, exercise questions at the end of each section.

Presentation Sharing

The ability to show presentation slides to all participants. Attendees do not have control to change items on the actual presentation files. Presentation formats include PowerPoint and Corel files.

Raise-Your-Hand

This is the unique ability to get attention of the instructor. During an intimate virtual classroom session, high interactivity is encouraged. Instructors will have the ability to call on an individual student to answer or ask a question.

Remote Control

This is the ability for an attendee to control what is being show during the meeting. For example, if the presenter is application sharing Microsoft Excel and he/she enabled the remote control feature, an attendees can take over Excel and his/her action is then broadcasted to all meeting participants. The presenter has the ability to pass remote control to one or many participants at any time.

Tests/Quizzes

The ability to allow instructors to set test and quiz questions in the class agenda prior to the start of the class. There must also be ability to record the results of the polling questions for further review. Student names must be associated with their individual tests and quizzes.

Text Chats

The ability for a student to type in a text question, either privately to the instructor or publicly to everyone. The instructor has the ability to respond with a text answer either privately to the student or publicly to everyone.

Video

This is the ability to broadcast video during a meeting. This video can be the live feed of any meeting participant (specific hardware is required).

Web Tours

This is the ability for the presenter to lead the attendees on a tour on the Web browser. When a presenter takes the attendees to a Web page, the presenter can click on a live link and the new Web page should be broadcasted to all attendees. Attendees do not have the ability to control the Web tour.

Web Tour Remote Control

This is the ability for the presenter to lead the attendees on a tour on the Web browser, and in addition to the presenters having controls, the attendees also have the capability to click on live links and the new Web page is broadcasted out to all attendees. The presenter or host has the ability to enable / disable this remote control function at anytime.

Whiteboard

This is analogous to an actual whiteboard in a meeting room. Instructors and students can simultaneously mark and write on the whiteboard to share information. There must be tools to draw straight and free-hand lines, circles, ovals, rectangles and type words.

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