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Videoconferencing at UVa

Boards and Charts

The most common ways of sharing information in a meeting are to use a blackboard, a whiteboard, or a paper flip chart. Sharing these low-tech resources is possible, but not pretty.

Blackboards, Whiteboards, Flip Charts

An electronic whiteboard may not always be available. The whiteboard application available in NetMeeting and from most PC-based videoconference clients may not be to the presenter's taste. If a physical blackboard or whiteboard or flip chart is used, the primary camera can be trained on the surface, but the image may not be completely legible at the remote site. This will depend on how large the image to be viewed remotely can be made, and how good an image can be transmitted.

The transmission method is the same regardless of the types of client used. The camera should be at right angles (straight on) to the writing surface. Lighting must not glare. If possible, a human camera operator can focus and zoom the camera on the writing surface. The presenter, being aware of the legibility problems at the remote site, should narrate as clearly as possible what is being written. A member of the local audience can be charged with transcribing the board notes and making them available either on a Web page or via email to remote participants.

Page Updated: 2012-02-16