IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 08), June 26-28, 2008, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
For decades after its introduction, videoconferencing remained a marginal communications medium, used primarily by corporate businesses. However in recent years videoconferencing has been taken up by a wide range of individuals, groups and communities. Videoconferencing occurs when people at geographically dispersed sites communicate with each other by transmitting audio and visual data through videoconferencing systems. Group videoconferencing - or multi-site videoconferencing - refers to linking individuals or groups of people in three or more sites using videoconference systems. This unique method of communicating face-to-face without being there in-person is currently being used for education and learning, health and medicine, meetings and conferences, personal communication and community-building. Group videoconferencing does not necessarily lead to participation and knowledge retention; for this to occur it must be used thoughtfully and strategically. Based on the work of researchers and practitioners in the field and an analysis of participatory videoconferencing literature, this paper suggests potential good practices for increasing participation during group videoconferences.
Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 08), June 26-28, 2008, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.