Videoconferencing

Connectivity problems?

This can occur for a variety of reasons such as a server, system or ISP being overwhelmed, or your home network dropping momentarily. If this happens, try to reconnect.

Some things to look out for on your home network:

1) Are you too far from your wifi router? Make sure the signal is strong. If not, consider moving closer to the wifi router. Also, consider plugging directly into your router with a network cable if that is at all possible. A wired network is more stable than a wireless one.

2) Is anybody else in your house streaming (such as YouTube, Netflix, etc.)? If so, might have to ask them to stop. Depending on your home network, steaming an HD movie, for example, can overwhelm a slower home internet connection.

It is possible that your home Internet connection can be experiencing problems, especially if many people in the area / neighborhood / city are using it heavily. This may not be noticeable when browsing the web, or streaming video/audio in a one-way download; however it will be noticeable when doing live two-way video or audio. You may want to contact your ISP to ask if loads are high in your area. You can also try power cycling your cable modem and wireless router. If a video+audio call is choppy, try turning off video and see if audio improves.

How To Collaborate Online

  1. Email – official Purdue communication
    1. Continue to monitor and respond to emails
  2. Remote desktop – databases and U: drive      
    1. Access your personalized environment and secure resources as usual on your office computer
    1. Access restricted databases with your office computer (e.g. ACAD MS Access databases).
  3. Teams –real-time office chat, video, file sharing (not for classes)
    1. Monitor Teams throughout the day and share internal communications with your office
    2. See: https://edit.education.purdue.edu/download2/Tips-For-Teams.pdf
  4. WebEx – video with people outside of your office
    1. Faculty and staff – 1000 connections
    1. Students – 8 connections
  5. OneDrive (or Box)
    1. share documents with staff and students outside of your office
  6. LMS – Brightspace or Blackboard
    1. Use internal messaging tools to communicate with students

For information about How to Teach Remotely, see:

Teaching Remotely Overview – from Purdue Innovative Learning
https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/

See:
https://edit.education.purdue.edu/download2/How-To-Collaborate.pdf

Microsoft Teams

Teams logo

Dear College of Education,

You may have received an email over the weekend about being added to Microsoft Teams.  That was me (Bob Evans).  Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365 and is Microsoft’s flagship tool for team collaboration which includes chat, videoconferencing, file sharing, etc.  It is a great tool for both local and remote collaboration.  And because it is licensed by Purdue, it is secure and not being used for commercial data mining of University operations.  Teams will be replacing Skype for Business in July of 2021.

Here is a short video that gives a quick overview of Teams:

Welcome to Teams

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-welcome-to-microsoft-teams-b98d533f-118e-4bae-bf44-3df2470c2b12

This tool has recently become available to the campus and last week I began staging Teams for our College so people can use it if desired.

A “Team” has been created for each major department in our College.

Within each department, “Channels” have been created for each office, center and/or program.  Channels are where the work and collaboration takes place (chat, video, file sharing, etc.).  If you see a “lock” icon next to a channel, that means the channel is private and only accessible to the members of that channel (a team includes everyone, but a channel can be a subset of the team).

Feel free to check out Microsoft Teams.  You can access it via any web browser by logging into Office 365…

https://www.office.com/

…and look for the “Teams” icon:

Teams icon

You can also download a Teams app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, or Android.

Here are training resources for Teams:

Teams Interactive Demo

https://teamsdemo.office.com/

Microsoft Teams Video Training

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/microsoft-teams-video-training-4f108e54-240b-4351-8084-b1089f0d21d7

End user training for Microsoft Teams

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/enduser-training

For those who want to use Microsoft Teams and do not have the client app installed on your computer/laptop/tablet/phone, you can locate the app using this web page:

Download Microsoft Teams on any Device

https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Please send email to EdIT@purdue.edu if you have any questions or need an additional private channel added to your departmental Team.  EdIT is still learning about Teams and we hope to learn together with all of you as this tool unfolds.  Thank you!  😊

Robert Evans
Director, Education Office of Information Technology
Managing Director, Technology Resources Center
Chair, College of Education Safety Committee
Purdue University College of Education

WebEx Personal Room – Primer Video

Dear College of Education,

One of the recommendations for delivering content to students is “synchronous” delivery.  The Innovative Learning group recommends using this method sparingly and focusing on recorded content using tools such as Camtasia (free video and screen recording software available to all faculty and staff) in combination with Blackboard and Brightspace.

However…if you do need to conduct live video sessions with students, and are not familiar with WebEx, I’ve created a brief 4 ½ minute video showing how to access and launch your WebEx Personal Room:

Video: WebEx Personal Room Primer

https://edit.education.purdue.edu/download2/video/WebEx-Primer.mp4

(steps are similar for Mac users)

You can log into WebEx here:

https://purdue.webex.com

If you need help with WebEx, feel free to contact the Education IT team and we would be happy to meet with you to provide more details (see additional help links at the bottom of this post).  WebEx should work with any laptop or tablet with a built-in camera and microphone.  It also works great on a desktop computer if you have a webcam.  If you need to order a webcam — for WebEx or Camtasia – please contact the Education IT team.

For more about synchronous and asynchronous delivery, see “How will you deliver content?” on this web site:

Teaching Remotely

https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/

If you need to install Camtasia on a personally owned computer, you can locate and download the software here:

https://communityhub.purdue.edu/storefront/browse/graphics

If you need to install Camtasia on your Purdue-owned computer, please contact the EdIT team and we will install it for you:  EdIT@purdue.edu.

To access or download Webex recordings in the Purdue MediaSpace video system, see this web page:

https://support.purdue.edu/goldanswers/434409

To download a copy of a video, select the “Edit” option under the “Actions” drop down menu. Once in edit mode, there is an icon at the bottom right of the video window which allows download in .mp4 format. The icon is a folder with a downward pointing arrow.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.  Thank you!

— The Education IT team

P.S. Here are instructions from ITaP for using WebEx:

https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/supporting-instruction/instructional-technology/webex.aspx

See also from WebEx:

https://help.webex.com/ld-nyw95a4-CiscoWebexMeetings/Webex-Meetings#Get-Started

Here is “recording” help from WebEx:

https://help.webex.com/en-us/n62735y/Record-a-Cisco-Webex-Meeting

Once recorded, the recording will go into the Purdue Kaltura/Mediaspace system where the video can be shared with others. Log in here to see recordings:

https://mediaspace.itap.purdue.edu

(click “guest” at top right on the mediaspace page to see the login link)

Make Mutli-point Telephone Calls

If you need to make a multi-point telephone call (up to 6-way) from a Purdue phone, here’s how you can do it…

1. You can call the operator and the operator can assist you in making a multi-point phone call at no charge (up to 6 parties).  First, dial zero to reach the operator and let them know you need to make a call with up to 6 numbers.  Then you’ll need to give the operator the phone numbers that you want to call.  If there are long distance numbers, you’ll also need to give the operator your MURS number.  The operator will make the calls for you immediately and charge your MURS number for any phone numbers that are long distance.  You can make use of this service at any time.

 2. All Purdue phones can make six way calls, but it requires a feature activation from the phone office.  There is a one-time $10.00 activation fee to enable the phone to make 6 way calls, and then there are no additional charges for this service other than normal long distance charges.  For more info about 6-way calls, see:

 http://www.itap.purdue.edu/telephone/services/operator.cfm#conferenceCalls

“6 party conference – available on all sets, but must be an assigned software feature, contact 44719 to arrange to have this on your phone”

 3. When there are only three end-points, conference calls can be made directly from any phone.  Here is a link to the phone user guide that shows how…

 https://www.itap.purdue.edu/telephone/doc/SingleLine.pdf

 THREE WAY CONFERENCE

Allows you to add a third party to an existing conversation.

 To conference with a third party off-campus . . .

 Advise caller that you are adding an additional party to the call and ask them to hold

FLASH

(listen for special dial tone)

 KEY IN desired number (remember to include7 for off campus, 8 for SUVON, etc., before the desired number.)

(listen for ringing)1

Announce conference privately 3

 FLASH

Three way conference is established

 1FLASH twice to return to original caller if busy or no answer

2If party refuses conference, ask them to hang up: WAIT. You are automatically reconnected to the original party

3If party refuses conference, ask them to hang up: WAIT. FLASH to reconnect to the original party

Note: If both conference callers are off-campus, in some cases, the conference may be disconnected if the on-campus party hangs up.