A range of collaboration tools is available to staff and researchers here at the University of Stirling. These range from conference calls on the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone system, through the software tools available to help with online conferencing (such as Blackboard Collaborate and Skype) to full-blown, multi-user conferences using one of the videoconferencing suites on campus.
The University of Stirling phone network uses VOIP. More details are available on the telephony system page. Conference calls made be undertaken using the phone system to connect multiple users.
Guides to using the two phone types are available:
Blackboard Collaborate is an online, peer-to-peer collaboration tool which the University of Stirling holds a licence to use. A Blackboard Collaborate session may have 100 users involved simultaneously, with up to 6 of them speaking and broadcasting a webcam image at the same time. Blackboard Collaborate sessions may be scheduled in advance, providing users with a URL which they can click on at the time of the conference to join in. University of Stirling staff must schedule the Blackboard Collaborate session but staff from other organisations may join the session, thus enabling collaboration between individuals at different institutions. Guides are available on the Blackboard Collaborate page.
Skype is also an online, peer-to-peer conferencing and communication tool. Information Services does not fully support the use of Skype on University of Stirling networked machines, but it is still possible for staff to install Skype for use in communicating with others. See our Skype page for more information.
Information Services supports video conferencing at all video conference venues on Stirling Campus. Different booking procedures and arrangements are required for each venue, however. The venues and arrangements are detailed on the Videoconferencing page.
University of Stirling staff trying to arrange meetings with other staff from the University of Stirling should use the Microsoft Outlook Meeting Request feature. If you are trying to organise a meeting with external persons or organisations then a web-based meeting planner such as Doodle may help: Using Doodle – The Web-Based Meeting Scheduler