The V Factor

JISC have announced a one-day event on videoconferencing to be held on Wednesday 2 February 2011. It will take place at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities and also be live streamed.

This unique, virtual event will combine local and videoconferenced presentations, discussions and research. It will present the reasons why you need to get the most from your videoconferencing facilities – and how to do so. It will highlight the ways in which videoconferencing can help meet the current environmental and financial challenges faced by education and the public sector. Who should videoconference? When should videoconferencing replace travel? When is travel more appropriate? How to get people using the facilities? How much money, time and CO2 emissions can be saved? What are the benefits to staff and the organisation?

Confirmed speakers include Phil Davison (Video Network Manager, Welsh Video Network), Chris Cowburn (Head of Estates, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales), Dr Ian Rees and Glenda Davies, (Video Teaching Project, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru) and Professor Peter James, (Director HEEPI and SusteIT). Geoff Constable (Support Officer, Welsh Video Network and colleagues) who recently wrote a guest blog post on How Green is Your Videoconference will also be talking.

The day is being organised by the Welsh Video Network with Suste-IT2 and JANET-UK using funding from JISC. It’s focus is on Higher and Further Education in Wales, but will be of interest to the whole public sector.