Why use Videoconferencing?

Videoconferencing is an excellent communication tool when:
  • You need to have a conversation and the non-verbal (visual) component is important.
  • There are people who need to be a part of the conversation, but they are unable to attend physically.
  • There is a need to consider the time and expense of travel. 
  • Sharing visual resources is necessary.
  • Collaboration is a regular requirement between people who do not live or work close to each other.

At the University of Saskatchewan, Videoconferencing is commonly used for:

  • Interviews: Employers can interview potential candidates who live in different locations.
  • Theses Defense: A student can defend a thesis regardless of where the members of the thesis committee are located.
  • Conference Presentations: Faculty can participate in conferences even if they are unable to physically attend.
  • Classes: The content of a class can be shared with a person or group of people who are not present at the same location. This enables extension of instructor resources and allows people who are studying the same discipline at different educational institutions to share resources and knowledge.
  • Guest Presentations: Lecturers from other institutions can be brought into U of S classes or conferences and U of S instructors can participate in courses or conferences at other institutions.
  • Training: A trainer can communicate with a group of learners who are located either at a single meeting place, or at a few different places. This allows access to courses that are not offered locally.
  • Collaboration between researchers who are located at different institution.
  • Grant proposals and decision making.
  • Administrative meetings.