Videoconferencing allows student groups located at any of the three campuses to participate in courses that have staff on only one campus. It is heavily used for teaching to the Cradle Coast Campus, cross campus committee and staff meetings, recruitment interviews, consultation, and research. On occasion it is used for lecturers or students from the University to participate in or provide teaching to other universities and educational institutions around the world.
Information Technology Services (ITS) owns and maintains Polycom and Codian Videoconferencing bridges. These bridges (MCU - Multipoint Control Unit) are used to dial all conferences booked within ITS dedicated venues and the video-enabled lecture theatres on the Cradle Coast, Newnham and Sandy Bay campuses. A function of this system is that more than two sites can be connected into a single conference. This provides ITS with the ability to connect videoconference units that function over different network types, ie ISDN or IP, as well as connecting in audio only (telephone) sites. Schools and Sections of UTAS are welcome to make use of this functionality in the use of their own IP/ISDN videoconference units.
Authorised by the Chief Information Officer
8 January, 2013