What are the benefits of video conferencing?

Video conferencing saves travel time and money. Participants can see and hear all other participants and communicate both verbally and visually, creating a face-to-face experience. PowerPoint and other on screen graphic, as well as other cameras are also available presentation options. People downtime is reduced and productivity gains are achieved by removing the logistics of flight preparations, airport delays, hotel stays, and all the other inconveniences of business travel. In distance education, video conferencing provides quality access to students who could not travel to or could afford to relocate to a traditional campus. Video conferences can also be recorded and made available in a variety of ways, e.g., DVDs, streaming video. Besides distance education, other applications include meetings, dissertation and thesis defenses, telemedical procedures, and online conferences.

People use video conferencing when:

a live conversation is needed;

visual information is an important component of the conversation;

the parties of the conversation can't physically come to the same location;

the expense or time of travel is a consideration.

Examples of how video conferencing can benefit people around campus:

Guest lecturer invited into a class from another institution.

Researcher collaborates with colleagues at other institutions on a regular basis.

Thesis defense at another institution.

Administrators from different parts of campus need to collaborate on administrator issues such as a campus strategic plan.

Researcher needs to meet with a review committee about a grant.

Student interviews with an employer in another city.