iLinc Web Conferencing Tool Updated, Adds 'Green Meter'
- By Dian Schaffhauser
iLinc released a new version of its Web conferencing tool, iLinc 10, which bolsters session management and adds a "green meter." The green meter shows cost savings, carbon emissions, and total distance not traveled by using Web conferencing versus in-person meetings. Administrators can also customize several variables in the meter to match their organization's specific policies.
A Web-based session management system in the software has been revamped to support blended learning programs, including live training sessions, session recordings, asynchronous content such as tutorials and interactive exercises.
Enhancements to the interface allow the session leader to control who is speaking with a mouse click. The interface is integrated with audio conferencing providers Premiere and ConferencePlus. Additionally, iLinc offers Web-based audio that lets participants communicate via computer-based microphones and speakers, which can be configured with a new audio wizard. iLinc 10 also supports integrated sessions with users calling in by phone and those listening via Internet audio.
The release also includes changes to the interface to improve polling, breakout groups, file transfer, session recording and chat management.
The software is in use at Omaha's Creighton University, Tulane University in New Orleans, Kent State University in Ohio, and California State University, Fullerton.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.