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Technologies are now converging so much that it is often hard to decide which model is right for any given event and which technology is best to support it. Indeed, multi-party platforms such as Isabel, which mix video conference concepts with webcasting of presentations promise to allow a much richer mix of quality and interaction for webcasting technologies. Indeed, remote participation in live events is still a rich area for development, both at the fit-for-purpose and high-quality ends of the spectrum.

In the same way event and content management systems provided by commercial software developers are getting much more sophisticated. The choice of streaming technologies adopted won’t matter in the context of providing streaming within a single organisation, but still remains an issue when looking to reach a wider audience, such as education or research.

At least two further trials based around partner institutions (in Austria and Belgium) are now underway:

This work has started to envisage how simple webcasting could be rolled out into the Technology Enhanced Professional Learning consumer and producer markets.

Contact: Kevin Quick

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