We've had a few questions about the use of Live Meeting and whether we have examples in the UK. The short answer is no, not at the moment. However, we do have a case study from the US which looks intertesting and worth a look.
Let us know if you want more information on Live Meeting as we'd love to have a UK Education case study. Here's the overview:
Barry University, a private school with 9,300 students in Miami Shores, Florida, wanted to better meet the online communications needs of its administration, faculty, staff, and students. The university was using both Microsoft® Office Live Meeting (2003) and third-party videoconferencing equipment for distance education classes, training, and meetings. The videoconferencing solution, however, was costly and lacked integration with the university’s network infrastructure. In June 2007, the school deployed the latest version of Office Live Meeting. Now, university employees and students have access to live video, document sharing, live chat using VoIP, and archived video recordings. Barry University calculates that using Office Live Meeting could save more than U.S.$100,000 at the main campus and more than $20,000 at each of the school’s 20 satellite campuses in 2007.
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We are currently investigating open source alternatives for this as we are looking to provide a solution for distributed learning with one teacher and multiple computer suites as well as live meetings with schools in foreign countries. We had investigated this before, but the costs seem a limiting factor. If we were to have this solution here (even in a trial situation) we would gladly host a case study of live meeting, would this also tie in with live communications server?
Assistant Network Manager
Teignmouth Community College
graeme dot evans at teignmouth.devon.sch.uk
We have been using Live Communications server and client for a while now in School to enhance communication and recently upgraded to Live Comms 2007, which is a vast improvement.
Our plans over the next year is to integrate Live Meeting with Live Comms 2007 and use the web features so that students from all of our sister Schools can communicate.
We also plan to use it in our feeder Schools so that 'speciallist' teachers can help out in lessons involving students from all of our feeder Schools.
For info on how it goes check out our blog: