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Comparing Technologies

Services Used in Real-Time Two-Way Interaction On-Demand Content Collaboration and Sharing Traveling and Working Offsite


Video recording capability built into the classroom with auto-indexed playback and slide synchronization. In-room "record" button. Ability to upload video and maintain catalogs of content. Live streaming capability with on-demand available immediately after the event.

Viewers can ask questions live, through the player.  

Cisco Telepresence

HD quality video conferencing located in the lower level of Ross building. "Full-size" images with intelligent camera switching better simulates real, face-to-face meetings.


Google Hangouts

Video conference service as part of the Google+ social network. Currently being used by EMBA in place of Adobe Connect as a "virtual meeting room."

Cannot natively record "Hangouts" for later viewing


On-screen annotation, desktop control of classroom computer through iPad. View the in-room computer desktop on your iPad from anywhere in the room, annotate instantly on screen with your finger.

  Not exactly. Annotations can be exported to PDF.  

Course Content Distribution

CTools, UM-Lessons, Xanedu, etc. Means of delivering and/or collecting materials to/from students.



Online storage space, keeps files "in the cloud," 50GB free to employees and students of UM.  Uses include "Ross Scan to Box," document syncing across multiple devices, and back-up of documents to a safe and secure off-site location.


Google Apps (Docs/Drive)

Online storage space and document creation, allows for easy access and collaboration. Work on documents with colleagues simultaneously, see each other's edits in real-time.

  See what others are typing in real-time.  

Media Lab

Video editing stations, green screen technology. Edit video using high-end equipment, record lectures with green screen to insert slides behind speaker.

    Produce on-demand content.    

Virtual Lab

An emulated "computer within your computer." Specialized software can be shared without having each individual purchase a copy.



Survey management and distribution web application. Surveys sent via e-mail, conditional questions (e.g., if answer to Q1 is yes, then Q1.5 is displayed, if no, Q2 is displayed instead).

      Collect survey responses, compile data.  


Audience response software, plugin to PowerPoint. (Example may be a multiple-choice question on a slide, students can vote and display results in teal time.)



Apple iPads provided to certain units for use in learning. EMBA gave iPads instead of laptops to each student this year, and the Executive Residence has iPads for loan at the front desk.

  Use for viewing Mediasite and other content.    


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