Video Conferencing Services
The number of video conferencing services has exploded in recent times.
Most have been designed to facilitate few-to-many communication:
- a host (in charge)
- a limited number of active participants
- a much larger number of passive observers
This structure is a poor fit for creating environments with active participants and less structured sessions.
These short-comings are starting to be addressed by new services and enhancements to existing products.
Key features to facilitate active participation are:
- shared whiteboards and other shared online documents
- group & 1-to-1 text chat
- allowing any participant to share the contents of their display
- break-out rooms
- usually host/moderator initiated and controlled
- some services are starting to allow participants to initiate their own
- co-presenters (and/or moderators)
- advanced: a private (video) channel for presenters to communicate during the session
Over 15 services were reviewed and measured against this list of desirable features.
Note: the reviews were mostly based on product descriptions, google searches, and word-of-mouth. We didn’t have the capacity to have a team of testers to try all the services.
The recommended services for this project are listed below.
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