Insys 597c Technology Forum Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Audio Conferencing What is VoIP



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Rosemarie DeMaio 3/26/2009


INSYS 597c Technology Forum

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Audio Conferencing

What is VoIP: VoIP is the method by which analog audio signals are converted to digital format and transmitted over the internet. It is also referred to as IP telephony, internet telephony, digital phone or broadband phone. Calls can be made using any of the following methods with a high speed internet or broadband connection:

Find more information on the following web sites:

  • howstuffworks: How VoIP Works
    http://communication.howstuffworks.com/ip-telephony.htm

  • Choose Your VoIP: VoIP Glossary
    http://www.chooseyourvoip.com/articles/voip-glossary/

Instructional Uses of VoIP and Audio Conferencing: Audio conferencing using VoIP has the capability of reaching out to large groups in various locations for meetings or educational purposes. It can be used as a cost effective instructional strategy for presenting material suitable for auditory learning, that is, material that doesn’t require a visual demonstration by either the facilitator or the participant.
Today audio conferencing is increasingly becoming a component of web conferencing services.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Audio Conferencing:

Advantages:

Cost


Accessibility

Accommodates large groups



Disadvantages:

Limits content that can be presented

Impersonal

Limited interactivity



No visual stimulation


Links to selected VoIP Services for Audio Conferencing:
Note that many of these services provide more than just audio conferencing.

Skype

http://www.skype.com/

Gizmo5

http://gizmo5.com/pc/




ooVoo

http://www.oovoo.com/

REBTEL

http://www.rebtel.com/en/

Voxox

http://www.voxox.com/home.php

GTalk

http://www.google.com/talk/

JahJah

http://www.jajah.com/

Ozity

http://www.ozity.com

GoToMeeting

https://www2.gotomeeting.com

FreeConference

http://www.freeconference.com





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