We surveyed UA faculty and staff who have WebEx host accounts. 66% of the respondents were faculty and 34% were staff/contract professionals.
Survey says few faculty and staff use the WebEx Event Center. This may be because they are unaware of the product. The Event Center is designed for very large group events (up to +500 users) and it’s intended to primarily provide unidirectional (presenter to participants) voice, video, and data presentations.
In June, 2013, the School of Law used WebEx Event Center to organize a program to recruit applicants. The program, named, “The Five Types of Legal Argument” was held on five nights. There were between 100 and 200 people in attendance for each sesssion, including 20 pre-law advisors. “It was a highly successful and satisfying experience,” said Will Huhn, one of the organizers of the event. Here’s a recording of one of the sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUDnlI1eQN0.
One WebEx product we didn’t include in the survey is the Support Center. It is designed to provide virtual support on technology issues. Using Support Center, a WebEx presenter can take control of a remote participant’s computer.
The next WebEx training comes up on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. To register, visit https://www.uakron.edu/itl_seminars/index.php. To schedule a training session for a small group or department, please email email@example.com. If you’d like to try WebEx, you can learn more here: http://www.uakron.edu/it/instructional_services/dds/services/technology/webex.dot.
~ Graduate Assistant, DDS