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Summary

Vidyo video conferencing service is provided to Rowan through NJEDge. 

There are several rooms on the Glassboro and Camden campuses that are equipped for Vidyo video conferencing. All you need to video conference, however, is a Vidyo account and a desktop or laptop computer equipped with a webcam. Some mobile devices can also be used.

Vidyo Accounts

To obtain a Vidyo account, send a request to support@rowan.edu. Your Vidyo account is tied to your Rowan network username and password and you will use your Rowan network username and password to log into Vidyo. Once your account is set up, click here to log in and download the software to your desktop or laptop. When asked for a server address use https://rowan-njedge.idsflame.com/. Using the software, it is possible to share screens across all attendees. You can share what is displayed on your computer screen with all attendees and vice versa. Up to eight computers can be in a conference at one time.  

There is a user guide available on the Vidyo documentation website. Video tutorials are also available from the Vidyo Knowledge Center website.

Video Conferencing at Rowan

Types of Video Conferences

We support two types of video conferencing at Rowan:

  • Traditional point-to-point video conferencing with Polycom units
  • Multipoint video conferencing with Vidyo

 

You can think of traditional video conferencing as a regular phone call. You call another person using their phone number or they call you using your phone number. In video conferencing, the phone number is the IP address of the video conferencing unit. If someone wanted to place a call to the Polycom unit in the Provost's conference room, they would call 150.250.225.43. If they wanted to call the unit on the fifth floor at CMSRU, they would call 150.250.161.39.

Using Vidyo for multipoint video conferencing is like using a conferencing calling service. Everyone dials into the same number and the service takes care of making sure everyone can hear. Unlike a conference call, however, Vidyo is limited by the device you are using in regard to how many callers it can display at one time.  Someone using Vidyo on their PC or Mac could see up to eight other people on their screen.  A person using an iPad can only see three other people.
 

 

 

 


Locations & Group Sizes

Choosing a Location or Equipment to Use

It is important that you have the right location and equipment for your video conference to support the number of local attendees and remote sites that will be participating. The biggest issues that have to be addressed are the quality of the camera you will be using, the quality of the audio system and the size of the video display. For small groups, a good rule to follow is that the camera should be one arm's length away plus one foot for every local attendee. Larger groups will need to have a camera that can be controlled to zoom in or out and move to various members of the group. Microphones should be no more than five feet away from attendees or there needs to be an audio system in the room that is designed to pick up anyone in the room. You will need roughly ten inches of display (measured diagonally) for each attendee. Attendees should be sitting no farther away than double the diagonal measure of the screen.

Suggested Locations and Group Sizes
 

Location

Equipment

Local Attendees

System

Office l Conference room

PC or Mac with Camera

1-6

Vidyo

Office

iPad or Android tablet

1-2

Vidyo

Provost's Conf. Room

Polycom Desktop unit

1-6

Traditional or Vidyo

Memorial Training Rm A

Polycom room system

5-20

Traditional or Vidyo

Bunce Hall rm 107

Polycom room system

10-30

Traditional or Vidyo

James Hall rm 2093

Polycom room system

10-25

Traditional or Vidyo

CMSRU Auditorium

Polycom room system

50-100

Traditional or Vidyo

CMSRU Fifth Floor

Polycom room system

5-20

Traditional or Vidyo