Regardless of which web conferencing tool you choose to use, here are some minimum requirements for being able to participate in a web conference. For more detailed information regarding specific web conferencing tools, check out the rest of our web conferencing site, look closely at Choosing A Web Conferencing System, or feel free to contact the Web Conferencing Support team via email.
Fairly recent computer with recent versions of software installed on it (Java, Skype, depending on what tool).
High Speed Internet Connection
Having a high speed internet connection is crucial for making web conferencing work. In addition, we strongly recommend you use a WIRED internet connection instead of a wireless connection, as wireless connections are easily subject to interference (too many walls between you and the wireless access point, or something in your vicinity suddenly blocks your wireless signal; microwaves and cordless phones are bad for this) or overload (too many people using it at a time can slow your wireless connection down to where it will be unusable).
We'd strongly recommend for students that they purchase a USB headset for use with web conferencing, as
Optional Web Cam
A web cam is not essential, but depending on what tool you are using and how your instructor or students feel about it, a web cam can certainly help you feel more "connected" to the other participants
There's several steps you can go through test your setup
Step 1 - Test if your software is working correctly. Listed below are links for the test services provided for Blackboard Collaborate and Skype.
In order for your participants to be able to access your event or course, they need to know how to get there. Here are some suggestions for how to provide/obtain this information: