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Videoconferencing facilities

St Mary's suite for videoconferencing

About videoconferencing

Videoconferencing allows people at two or more sites to be in interactive audio and visual communication. Besides the obvious use as an alternative to face-to-face conferencing, it has been used for such purposes as:

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Debates
  • Presentations
  • Remote assessment
  • Remote interviews

A videoconference is normally structured as in a face-to-face meeting: an agreed Chair conducts the proceedings.

Where are the facilities?

St Andrews has one dedicated videoconferencing studio in the St Mary's building.  There are also a number of teaching rooms equipped for videoconferencing registered on the Janet Videoconferencing Service (JVCS) booking system in the following departments:

  • Chemistry
  • CREEM
  • English [coming soon]
  • Mathematics
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • SMRU

What are the facilities?

Videoconferencing studios all have the basic audiovisual equipment: video cameras, display monitor, speakers, microphones and equipment controller. There may also be ancillary equipment, eg video recorder, document reader (visualiser).

In those studios where H.239 in-band data sharing is not yet available, there is a PC set up for data communication using Microsoft NetMeeting. This provides the additional facilities of

  • File and application sharing
  • A whiteboard (useful for simple drawings)
  • A chatboard (can be useful if communication problems arise)

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Level 2
University Library
North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9TR

Opening hours (Mon - Fri)
Termtime: 09.00 - 18:00
Vacations: 09:00 - 18:00

Front desk service only
Saturday: 10:00 -  17:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00