About Video Conferencing

All conferences on the EduPlex system are by video.  Unless you are a "techie" you may find video conferencing systems in general complex and daunting to use.  This is because most vendors selling conferencing are in a feature war with their competitors, and while features are nice to have, they also mean a more complex interface is required to give the user access to all the nice features.

Depending on the course, conferences with your mentor, virtual group leader or fellow students may be personal (one on one), or may be with a small group.  Group conferences can be especially valuable because of the interactions you can experience between the mentor and other students, in addition to your own interactions.

EduPlex has taken a very different approach:  ease of use is our #1 focus.  Thus, you will find that our video conferencing system is so easy to use that it only requires the use of a single button to operate!  Yes, you can also type in text messages if you want, but that is optional.  So, like the famous Staples "That Was Easy" button, your experience using our unique conferencing system will also be incredibly easy.  Use the Webcam Setup applicaton below!

Low-Cost Video Conferencing for You!

We also provide EduPlex Connect for use outside our courseware system, for small businesses, non-profits, churches, ministries, and small groups that don't live near each other.  More info...

Multiple Participation Modes

You can participate in a conference or event in a number of different ways.  The best is by video.  This requires a webcam.  If you don't have one, consider buying one.  We suggest a low-cost, high-quality webcam in the panel to the right that includes both the camera and a built-in microphone.

One of the nice things about Connect is that you don't need headphones, and there will never be a problem with echos, or multiple people talking at the same time, or an overload of your computer or Internet connection:  we only show 1 video at a time - the person actually talking.  Sounds simple, and it is.  So, use your speakers if you want, or headphones for privacy.

Of course you can participate without a webcam.  You will see the video and hear the audio from the facilitator and/or other students, and, if you have a microphone, you can use it to talk to the rest of the group.  If you have neither a webcam nor a microphone, then you will see and hear the facilitator and other students, but you will only be able to send text messages.

For best results and greatest learning experience, use a webcam!

Technical Requirements

In order to view video in a Connect conference or EduPlex Connect event, you will need a download speed of 512kbs or higher.  If you are planning to use video for your end of the conversation, your upload speed must also be 512kbs or higher.  If you plan to use only audio, then 56kbs upload` is acceptable.  Under no circumstances should you attempt to connect if your internet connection is not fast enough for the the download side.

Social Networking by Video

In addition to using Connect for course-related discussions and exercises, students that purchase courses also have the ability to create their own video conferences with other students on the system.  This gives you an incredible opportunity to build relationships with other students.  This opportunity for building long-lasting relationships will be dramatically enhanced by your joint experience with the course mentor or coach if you choose a course with mentoring.  Use this opportunity to build your social network!

Got a Webcam?  Set It Up For EduPlex Connect Here!

Click the Camera Setup button below to set up your webcam and test it to make sure it will work in your video cnferences.


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