Videoconferencing / Multicasting generally refers to the equipment, software and network services needed to operate real-time audio and video simultaneously between two or more sites to create a life-like face-to-face experience.

Videoconferencing technology has improved dramatically with the help of high-capacity networks and now offers a low-cost opportunity to equalize educational programming for students regardless of where they reside.

Small school programs can be enriched with additional course delivery from larger schools using classroom videoconferencing. A science show brought to school via videoconference allows students to ask questions and interact with scientists. A campus outreach centre supplements the standard curriculum by offering enhanced music programs to the rural schools using classroom videoconferencing.

Videoconferencing allows students gain access to an expanded range of expertise and educational programs without leaving their schools. Videoconference equipment can also be used to connect with other communities for events such as political speeches, symphony orchestras, and community discussions. Utilizing video conferencing to collaborate with researchers at other institutions provides immediate returns in reduced travel time and costs.

Videoconferencing technology has also evolved beyond the traditional videoconferencing suites and is widely available for personal or home based computers and mobile devices. Examples include such products as; Skype, Google, Polycom, LifeSize, Cisco, Micrsoft Lync, Tandberg, and FaceTime.

A more recent technological advance includes videoconference bridging services that enables easy and low-cost video collaboration, anywhere, anytime. Videoconference bridging allows students, faculty and staff to easily connect with a variety of videoconference systems and products, including traditional and high definition videoconferencing formats.

In Whitehorse, access to videoconferencing services for collaboration with colleagues in Canada’s southern jurisdictions is available at no cost to the Yukon research and education community. As the CANARIE Network terminates in Whitehorse videoconferencing services to rural communities in Yukon is accomplished through commercial Internet services with associated usage fees or the Territorial government’s network.

The Yukon Research Centre has established the organizational goal to extend the CANARIE network to community campuses in rural Yukon. During the current three year mandate the Yukon Research Centre will submit a funding proposal to the CANARIE Network Alliance Infrastructure (NAI) Program for financial support to extend CANARIE network connectivity to community campuses in rural Yukon.

If you use videoconferencing services as part of your education or research activities or would like too, please take a moment to fill out the Survey Questionnaire. We need to know what your priorities are for additional research services. Your answers will guide us into the future.

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