The opportunity to communicate with people from 340 different sites and 33 countries around the world was one reason MU participated in the world’s largest videoconference last week.
Megaconference VI attempted to link people everywhere on Earth and promote the use of videoconferencing in education and research. The theme was “Let’s Talk: Global Communications, Innovation and Participatory Videoconferencing.” Connections could be made and monitored from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 9.
Roger Heath, a wide-area networking engineer who works at Information and Access Technology Services at MU, was on hand at Memorial Union to offer assistance and guidance during the conference. He had a live microphone and video hookup so that people could interact if desired. At least eight people participated.
MU has been a part of the event for four years and was a presenter for one of the conferences.
Heath said that with improving technology, video conferencing has the potential to save the university a great deal of money. The School of Music used this resource to interview potential instructors, saving travel expenses and time.
School of Business instructor Vishal Gupta was on hand to watch some of the Megaconference and said he has used videoconferencing three times this semester. It provides his class with great management outsourcing information from the field.
“I held one international videoconference with India and two national videoconferences with New York,” Gupta said. “We were mostly observers the first time, but by the second time we were very interactive.”