Communication Technologies


What is Video Conferencing? 

Video conferencing allows two or more compatible rooms to be connected so that attendees in all locations can see and hear each other, and share content simultaneously. The University of Tasmania video conferencing system is also capable of connecting to video conference capable venues from other organisations and institutions.

Video Conferencing for Students

Video conferencing 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, 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.

Video Conferencing for Staff

Video conferencing can be used for cross campus committee and staff meetings, presentations, interviews and consultations. Staff members also have the option to join a video conference from their own computer via Lync, if they are unable to attend in person.

Booking a Video Conference

Video conferences can be booked online using the information at Bookings and Requests For information on video conference capable locations and details for support refer to Venues & Contacts.

Guides on using the video conferencing system and its capabilities can be found at Instructions & Information.

To provide feedback on videoconferencing at UTAS complete the online Feedback Form.

For other enquiries, please contact video conferencing support by email via

Further Information

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.