Conferencing System types used at Flinders University


Immersive Video Conferencing (Immersive Telepresence):

Immersive video conferencing refers to high definition video and audio connections over IP networks. To achieve an immersive experience the connected participants at remote sites are displayed on screen in true life size format to simulate live discussion across a table. Voice activated camera switching maintains a face to face real time experience between all parties. Layout and coloring of the decor in both the local and remote sites need to be very similar to achieve a feeling of all parties being in the same space. Hardware appliances are installed to drive the data intensive experience to maintain high quality video and audio.

For the best user experience we suggest a maximum of 6-8 participants.


Standard Video Conference Room (Telepresence):

A standard video conference meeting space is more like a traditional meeting room or teaching space with a video conference unit installed and attached to large format display or projection screen. In these configurations there will usually be a camera installed by the screen pointing back toward the meeting table or student group. In this configuration there are usually two screens one displaying the remote participants and one showing shared content from a PC (power point spreadsheets etc.). This video conference experience is more like looking into a room from a vantage point seeing all the participants and hearing the conversation in both directions. This is not a life size experience and remote parties will be gridded on one screen.


Desktop Video Conferencing (Software Application):

Desktop video conferencing is achieved by installing software onto a PC to allow video/audio connections over the IP network. A user requires the software installed, a USB camera and a microphone to participate in a conference. Many users of this technology use a headset to eliminate audio issues with echo, having microphones close to speakers or they use conference pod microphones. Desktop video conference users can participate in standard video conferences with room based systems and can participate in multiparty conferences. Desktop video conferencing can be achieved on portable devices whilst on the move, making this a flexible conferencing solution (tablet, smart phone, laptop).

Additional Infomation

Desktop Clients: Cisco Jabber, Skype


Web Based Video Conferencing (Web Collaboration):

Web based video conferencing is generally centered around browser based collaboration tools, where parties can connect via audio or video and share content. Users are normally sent an email with a link to connect to the conference and this will launch a web browser. All shared content is displayed in the browser window and participants have the ability to hear others' audio or text chat to interact. Screen sharing is available to show content from your PC (power point, spreadsheets, etc.) to discuss or present content to connected parties. A head set is the preferred way to control audio and a web camera can be used to connect video.

Web Collaboration tools: Cisco WebEx, Blackboard Collaborate, FLO Live

 Additional Infomation

Web Conferencing (PDF 87KB) Skype Quick tips - Theatre and Meeting Room Guide

Other web conferencing applications


Web Conferencing enabled spaces (Teaching Spaces / Meeting Rooms)

Flinders University has a number of Web Conferencing enabled facilities that cater for different meeting types. These facilities are detailed below.

Teaching Spaces enabled for Web Conferencing

Room Name Room Capacity
Biology 103 103
Education 1.01 300
FMC Som LT1 (5E311) 120
FMC Som LT2 (5E304) 200
FMC Level 4 Seminar (4E303) 145
FMC Microscopy (5D218) 80
FMC Anatomy Lab (5E412) 143
Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex 3.10 15
Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex 3.11 15
Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex 3.12 15
Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex 3.13 15
Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex 3.14 15
Humanities North 1 225
Humanities North 2 145
SILC Room 5 70
SILC Room 6 40
Social Sciences South 1.45 50
Tonsley 4.16 (ACE) 22
Victoria Square room 1 level 1 100
Victoria Square room 2 level 1 50
Victoria Square room 4 level 1 20

Meeting Rooms enabled for Web Conferencing

Room Name Room Capacity
Education 4.47  18
Health Sciences 3.33   20
Health Sciences 3.31 (Moo Cow)  -
International Office  -
Office Community Engagement  -
Professional Services Building 116  8
Professional Services Building 209  10
Physical Sciences 020  6
Physical Sciences 301  14
Social Sciences South 152  30
Social Sciences South 160  -
Social Sciences South 220  -
Student Hub – Union - MoCow
(5 in various locations)  
Alere Function Centre South  Student Hub **  -
Sturt North N110     30
Sturt North N001  15
Sturt South S251  6
Sturt West 313 12
Sturt West W401B  10
Tonsley G.03   8
Tonsley G.04  8
Tonsley 2.35    8
Tonsley 2.36  8
Tonsley 4.28  8
Tonsley 5.21 12
Tonsley 5.29 60
Union 190    8
Union - all group study booths
Inc. spaces in Flinders Connect and Union building     
Victoria Square Level 11 Boardroom South **  18
Victoria Square Level 11 Executive Meeting Room   6
Yunggorendi    3.07  16

**Only in the south half or entire room when in combined mode

For more information on how to connect to Flinders University Web Confrence enabled spaces please contact the ITS Service Desk.