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A&AA Video Conferencing

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Many different technologies allow multiple geographic locations to transmit live video, audio, and data feeds to each other in real-time over the internet. The broad term for these different services is "Video Conferencing", but they vary significantly in quality, reliability, and feature set.

CMET Supported Classrooms

The UO Library’s Center For Media and Educational Technologies (CMET) supports a few select classrooms within Lawrence Hall and Pacific Halls. Information pertaining to CMET supported rooms and the equipment within each is available on the Library website.

To schedule, please consult with the Registrar’s Office.

For technical support, please contact CMET at 541-346-3091 (if the class is in progress) or submit a repair ticket via their Online Form.

A&AA's Mobile Tandberg Unit

For instructions on how to use the unit, see Mobile Tandberg Instructions

A&AA Computing Services primarily provides video conferencing through the Mobile Tandberg Unit, which includes a camera, omnidirectional microphone, speakers, and 42" LCD display on a rolling cart. This unit is capable of accepting VGA and S-Video inputs for laptops and document cameras, as well as outputting to digital projectors. Depending on the type of end-point device you are calling, this unit is capable of HD (720p) quality video conferencing.

A wired Ethernet port is required for this unit to operate; wireless networking is not available at this time. The below rooms are capable of using the Mobile Tandberg Unit:

  • Lawrence 100 (ART department; small classroom, capacity ~25)
  • Lawrence 196 (ART department; conference room, capacity ~10)
  • Lawrence 206 (ARCH department; medium-sized lecture room, capacity ~80)
  • Lawrence 222 (LARCH department; classroom, capacity ~30)
  • Lawrence 231 (LARCH department; classroom, capacity ~50)
  • Lawrence 249 (AAD department; classroom, capacity ~30)
  • Lawrence 254 (PPPM department/general use; classroom, capacity ~20)
  • Lawrence 263 (AAD/HP departments; classroom, capacity ~15)
  • Lawrence 286 (ARCH department; classroom, capacity ~15)
  • Lawrence 383 (ARCH department; classroom, capacity ~15)
  • A&AA Dean's conference room (not available for general use; capacity ~8)
  • A&AA Dean's small conference room (not available for general use; capacity ~5)

These rooms have built-in videoconferencing systems:

  • Lawrence 115 (University classroom, capacity ~120, operated by CMET)
  • Lawrence 177 (University classroom, capacity ~170, operated by CMET)
  • Lawrence 210E (ARCH department; small conference room, capacity ~8)

These rooms are not capable of using videoconferencing systems at this time:

  • Lawrence 141
  • Lawrence 278
  • Lawrence 279
  • Lawrence 405A

Skype & Other Software

There are several options for software-based video conferencing, such as Skype. These are applications that run on your computer and use your internal microphone, speakers, and webcam. The quality of video and audio is generally lower than that of dedicated units (such as Tandberg, Lifesize, Polycomm, etc).

A&AA Computing Services will assist to the best of our abilities. However, please understand we do not have any control over these applications.

Lifesize, Polycom & Other Hardware

A&AA Computing Services will make a best effort attempt at supporting non-Tandberg hardware units, but may be limited in the assistance we can provide. If possible, please schedule a test session in advance so that our staff can become familiarized with your equipment.

Scheduling

To schedule a video conference, send an email to aaahelp@uoregon.edu with the following information:

  • Type of Video Conference
  • Originating Location (i.e. Lawrence Conference Room)
  • Destination (i.e. Portland WhiteStag Conference Room)
  • Date, Time and Duration
  • If you will need to connect to a projector, document camera, or laptop.

It is recommended you make your reservation in as far in advance as possible to ensure proper service.

After Hours:

For requests after 5 PM, A&AA Computing Services recommends you schedule a CMET supported classroom as mentioned above.

All Tandberg Unit requests are subject to approval by Gary Sullivan, the Director of Computing Services, and must be submitted at least 7 days in advance for scheduling purposes.