Teleconferencing and Distance Learning Technologies

A variety of distance learning technologies are provided, including EBS, broadcast and cable TV, satellite downlinks and compressed video. 

The learning technologies office offers faculty, staff and students the actual technologies to engage in distance learning. Distance learning (also known as long distance teaching, distance education, video conferencing, alternative delivery systems) delivers instruction to students at locations and times convenient for the student.  

For more information on topics listed below and for more detailed pricing, please contact John(Jay) Peine at (414) 229-5527.  

Teleconferencing/Video Conferencing

Compressed Video
Involves two-way audio and video; all sites must have compressed video equipment. 

Equipped Locations
All have IP compressed video equipment. 

  • Business S-250
  • Enderis 107
  • Enderis 264
Audio-Only Teleconferencing

More commonly know as a phone conference. UW-Extension offers all UW schools a low cost way of audio conferencing called WisLine. You can set up a WisLine audio conference by simply accessing their web site or by calling (608) 262-0753. If you would like to rent a speaker phone for your conference you can do so through UITS Classroom Support at (414) 229-5527 or by filling out the online form. You will need to verify that you have an active phone jack available in the conference location.

Web-Based Teleconferencing.
How does it work? 

You schedule your event/lecture etc. in one of our teleconference rooms here on campus. We send your event to ICS (Instructional Communications Systems) at UW-Madison by using our compressed video polycom teleconferencing unit. ICS then bridges (interconnects) this event out to all sites you have requested see it. This is all set up here at UW-Milwaukee by UITS. 

The bridge provides sites access to the program via a web address. You provide the link to your participants and they can listen or watch from their computers. You and your participants can then have access to the files whenever you choose or it can be watched live. It is important to remember that it is one-way video and audio: the sites can see and hear your event but not be seen or heard. 

When participants click on the link to begin playback, their streaming media players download several seconds worth of audio or video into a part of memory called a buffer. When the buffer is full, it sends data into the player portion of the software and they hear or see your program. At the same time, the software continuously downloads data into the buffer. This process allows nearly immediate access. There is no long wait for an entire file to be downloaded. 

We can also provide a live streamed link to your conference or meeting and allow participants to listen or watch via their computers as the conference is happening. Live streams can also be archived for later playback. 

What's needed?
All you need to be able to listen to streaming media is a computer with an Internet connection, sound card, and speakers or headphones, and a streaming audio player. There are several free streaming media players available for download from the web including RealNetwork RealAudio, Microsoft's Windows Media, Apple's QuickTime, and Nullsoft's streaming MP3 technology, Shoutcast. ICS records data in RealAudio format. 

What's the benefit?
Web teleconferencing's main benefit is its immediacy. It begins just seconds after you click on the link. There's no delay in programming and no waiting for long downloads. 

Web teleconferencing is a great way to provide wider access to your event. 

Satellite Teleconferencing. Downlink courses, seminars, meetings, etc., via satellite; the programs are downlinked to campus sites; one-way video and two-way audio; can be held in numerous locations on campus.

Audiographics. Combines an audio teleconference with a computer-based display of graphics, documents and slides. Locations are linked through phone lines. 

Broadcast TV. Involves one-way video and audio; for example, a distance learning course seen on Channels 10/36. 

Cable TV. Involves one-way audio and video. UWM currently supports 57 on-campus channels and is a member of the Higher Education Cable Consortium (HECC), a community-wide channel on local cable systems. HECC reaches approximately 300,000 subscribers in the Milwaukee area. 

ETN (Educational Teleconference Network). Supplies audio only and is a teleconference network that covers only Wisconsin. Internet Interconnects millions of people worldwide via a computer network including:  

  • Chats
  • Email, reflectors and listservs
  • Home pages
  • News groups
  • WWW (World Wide Web)

World Wide Web. All departments, faculty, staff and students are granted disk space on the UWM server for personal pages.This can be used for class projects, publishing, and non-commercial personal use. In addition to the structured web-based course delivery systems available, faculty members may request dedicated, unstructured web space for making class-related materials available to students.

EBS (Educational Broadband Service) Involves two-way audio (with telephone call-in) and one-way video. Broadcasts on a special frequency to receive sites within 40 miles of UWM. Formerly known as ITFS (Instructional Television Fixed Service).