Effective Videoconferencing

About This Course

Videoconferencing has become an important tool for us to use in connecting with people for business, social and personal reasons. There are many related forms of videoconferencing and there is a wealth of technology and different standards. From our studio at The Melting Pot, we will show you the main types of videoconferencing and give you hands-on experience in using it. We will focus on developing your setup, presentation skills and facilitation skills, and give you a rounded idea of what's possible in videoconferencing. We will incorporate live links as part of the course. By the end of this short course, you will feel comfortable in a videoconferencing studio, will be able to present and facilitate a videoconference, and be able to give advice on its use as a workplace tool.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course should prove to be of particular interest to those who:

would like to develop presentation skills and facilitation skills.
would like to balance usage of Skype, Gmail etc with more business-quality videoconferencing
People who have to make a judgement on the value of a videoconferencing solution or strategy

Outline of Course

The course is in four stages:
1.Background to Videoconferencing – we will help you to understand the different types of videoconferencing and the different features they offer.
2.Hands-on with equipment – we will help you to feel comfortable setting up your videoconference, and getting the best out of it
Basics – Camera, Microphone, Speakers, Display, Connection
Environment – one person, small group, large group
Presentation Skills
Facilitation Skills
Data Sharing
Different types of Multipoint Videoconferencing
3.Live videoconferences – the live links will give you experience in presenting and facilitating a videoconference. We will link from our videoconferencing studio at The Melting Pot
4.Leading change in communications – we will help you to build your own strategy for how to use videoconferencing in your working life

Time Commitment

This is a half-day course (2 ½ hours)

Resource Requirements

If you have experience of videoconferencing, please bring details of the equipment you have used, and if you would like to try a link from our course to your place of work, please send contact details.
Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, learners will:

Understand three basic types of Videoconferencing
Be able to set up and use Videoconferencing at work and at home
Be able to make the most of Internet Services such as Skype and Gmail
Be able to use Professional Services, such as Polycom or Tandberg Systems
Develop presentation and facilitation skills
Be able to advise on best practice in videoconferencing

Prescience Communications Training

From our studio at The Melting Pot, Prescience Communications have provided international links for organisations such as Scottish Government, the NHS in Scotland, NIDOS and Standard Life. Our interest has been in community uses of videoconferencing, and in using videoconferencing to overcome economic and spacial barriers to communications. We have helped organisations such as The Co-operative Group, Glagow City Council Education Services and The University of the Highlands and Islands to roll out advanced videoconferencing solutions and training. Prescience provides consultancy and training work for large and small organisations, and is a trusted educational content provider on the JANET Videoconferencing Network.

Course Tutor

Tom Kane developed the Videoconferencing Strategy for The Teaching and Learning in Scottish Metropolitan Area Networks project that ran across the 21 Higher Education Institutions of Scotland from 1996-1999. Tom set up Prescience Communications to provide videoconferencing services to business and education, and has pioneered educational links between schools and the real-world. He has delivered over 400 videoconferencing training courses since 1996.

Entry Requirements



22nd June, 10am




The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR.

Further Information

Tom Kane, Prescience Communications Limited, t.kane@prescience.co.uk