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Information Technology Systems and Services

ITV / Videoconferencing

Interested in meeting with a distant colleague? Teaching a class at UMD with students at another campus? Having students in your program receive a class from another institution? Holding a workshop with another location?  These sorts of things can take place over ITV (Interactive Television).

What is ITV?

Interactive television is the sending and receiving of video and audio via IP (Internet). UMD has a Quality of Service network (QoS), which means that the bandwidth used for ITV is in the "fast lane," protected from other INTERNET traffic. 

There are two high-quality cameras in each room. One focuses on the instructor/facilitator, the other on the students/audience.  ITV sends one of the camera views to the remote location.  You can see the image you are sending out as well as the image you are receiving, and so can the other site.  Laptop presentations can be viewed by both locations as well.

Why would I want to use ITV?

Many users are professors offering classes at colleges and universities around the state.  Other users are university staff holding meetings with their colleagues at coordinate campuses. Sometimes a graduate student will schedule a thesis defense, or a student will take part in a job interview. These are just some common applications of ITV.

UMD staff, faculty, and students can schedule ITV meetings or classes all year around, Monday through Friday, by filling out the request form on this page.

Who can use it, and when?

UMD staff, faculty, and students can schedule ITV meetings or classes all year around, Monday through Friday, by filling out the request form on this page.

Where can we have an ITV class or meeting?

ITSS has two ITV classroom, Kirby Plaza 173 and Kirby Plaza 175a. UMD's ITV rooms are staffed with a student technician who will set up the equipment, answer questions, contact other locations if there are problems, and offer instructions to the professor or facilitator.

What locations are possible to reach with ITV?

We've made ITV connections as far away as Palermo, Italy, but most of our connections are to other UM or MNSCU campuses and other locations in northeast Minnesota.

Does it cost anything to have an ITV?

Please visit Interactive Television Rates for our rates. Other locations may charge additional fees for connection, room use, etc.  Each location has its own policy.  Unusual connections, such as with an international site, may incur some additional charges.  We bill monthly via EFS.

How do I request an ITV?

Fill out our online request form. After you submit the request, room availability will be determined. If a room is available, your date, time, and locations will be confirmed with you via email. If the rooms are already booked, then you may need to choose another time.  It’s wise to plan ahead as much as possible.

Requests from the Twin Cities campus should be made through their Video Networking Services.

Requests from other state colleges should be made through the Northeast Alliance for Telecommunications (NEAT), of which UMD is a member.

What else do I need to know?

You will need some information from the other site. Does the other site have ITV-equipped rooms?  Who is your contact at the other end, or what is the name of their technical staff?

Also, teaching over ITV requires some preparation. For instance, font sizes on PowerPoint presentations must be larger.  The presenter should wear plain colors and not stripes. 

How is this different from desktop video conferencing or web cams?

For more information contact Sarah Paro