One of the new offerings we will provide for March-April will be a session that examines two popular videoconferencing tools: Skype and Google+ Hangouts. Our survey indicated many students, faculty, and staff already are familiar with Skype and use it consistently to connect with friends and family in remote places. Additionally some departments (for example recruitment) are using it to connect and communicate with prospective students. Our session will include relevant examples and testimonials in that regard.
Included in this session will be a comparison of Skype with the new tool available in Google+ called Hangouts. Hangouts is quickly gaining acceptance and should be considered as an alternative to Skype. For example, yesterday it was announced by the White House that President Obama would be using Hangouts as a vehicle for continued discussions after tonight's State of the Union Address.
Registration details for the Skype vs Hangouts session will be available the end of February in the March-April Professional Development Announcement. In the meantime, to evaluate your interest in this session you may wish to review the following resources and articles:
Time Techland "Obama to Hold Google+ 'Hangout' After State of the Union Address"
The Chronicle of Higher Education "Collaborate with Colleagues Using Google+ with Extras"
Media Tapper "Hangouts vs Skype: Why Hangouts Are the Future of Conference Calls"
...and for a little fun, a short clip from Google about Hangouts!