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Overview: Video and online conference platforms

Here you find an overview of all digital communication options available to university staff. This information applies to all staff members in teaching and administration.

Solutions for online communication in research, teaching and administration have been available at the university for some time now. The current situation of the Corona pandemic has created a new and unprecedented demand for these systems in all three areas. In response, we already have significantly increased the computer center’s server capacities and resources. To meet the additional demand for solutions for large groups (especially in teaching), further commercial solutions are currently being investigated and tested. 

However, the effects of the corona pandemic are being felt worldwide and not only our servers and those of our German partner services (DFN, belwue) are pushed to their limits, but the public network infrastructure as a whole is currently facing major challenges. Many business processes are currently being shifted to the Internet; the teaching and learning of pupils and students and also the work of many employees is now done from home. Therefore, the reliability of web conferencing systems cannot be guaranteed at the moment, not even by purchasing the products of the world's leading providers, as we had to find out. Therefore, our focus is on distributing the load between different solutions, depending on the requirements.

- Information from April 9: Update on the expansion of video conferencing solutions

- Information from April 29.: On April 29, 2020 an introductory webinar for students on the solutions provided at the University of Freiburg was held, which provides a good overview of the application scenarios of the various systems in the digital semester: Digitales Lernen im Sommersemester 2020 - Webmeetinsysteme im Überblick (29.04.2020) (click on the link, to watch the video).

The following table gives an overview of the recommended live conferencing systems, depending on your requirements; the systems are either ready to use or currently being tested:


Platform

Interaction possible?

Recipients/Max. participants

Hosting / Provider

Access / Documentation / Remarks

Teaching

smaller online seminars

Adobe Connect (university server)

Yes

25

University of Freiburg / computer center

https://ilias.uni-freiburg.de

Small work groups and consultation hours

Video chat with screen sharing for working groups

Jitsi 

(solution of the University)

Yes

15

University of Freiburg / computer center

https://meeting.vm.uni-freiburg.de

Video conferences and work groups

BigBlueButton

Yes

30

University of Freiburg / computer center

Work groups and web conferences for larger groups
 

Video Chat with screen sharing and streaming option

PexIP

Yes

23

or

live streaming unlimited

DFN-Verein

Activation of personal account by vk@rz.uni-freiburg.de and registration at https://www.conf.dfn.de/

Larger

Online seminars

Adobe Connect (DFN-Server)

Yes

150

DFN-Verein

Activation of personal account by vk@rz.uni-freiburg.de and registration at https://www.conf.dfn.de

Video conference solution for larger groups

Zoom

Yes

up to 300 

or 

10001

Zoom V. C. Inc. / computer center

Account registration by the faculties. Registration of additional accounts is currently being reviewed. Questions: vk@rz.uni-freiburg.de.

Video hosting and live streaming of courses

Panopto

Lecturer:

Livestream

 Participants:

Chat

unlimited

Panopto Cloud Solution / Media Center of the University library

Access and use via https://ilias.uni-freiburg.de

Information:

https://uni-freiburg.cloud.panopto.eu/

Questions:

panopto@ub.uni-freiburg.de

 

This table is available in PDF-Format here.

1 Upon request to the computer center.

*Please note: For the commercial solutions data privacy protection and security issues are not fully clarified yet. In the current situation a close examination of these issues has to follow.

 

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