Victoria University recently launched a ‘Strategic Conversations’ series with the Vice-Chancellor, a biannual forum for staff to influence the strategic direction of the University and engage with issues that affect them.
The aim of the series is to improve the exchange of information and keep the conversation going as the University moves into a new phase of development. Enabling remote participation for staff unable to be physically present in the lecture theatre is a priority for these events.
AARNet worked with Victoria University to find a solution for remote participation, evaluating the pros and cons of using an MCU (Multipoint Control Unit) bridge and a number of commercial options before the decision was made to try Zoom.
More than 250 staff members were present in the lecture theatre for the inaugural event in September, which was live streamed using the Zoom webinar feature, enabling around 200 additional people to easily join from remote locations on mobile and desktop devices.
Professor Dawkins’ opening address focused on the strategic goals for the next phase – the next five years, which he sees as a time of great opportunity to grow in reputation, revenue and student numbers and to establish Victoria University as a leading university.
A robust Q&A discussion with the audience followed, with remote participation made possible via Zoom’s chat function.
“This is a great example of how we work with our customers to find the right solution. There’s no one-size-fits-all-platform for virtual meetings these days – we have a lot of options to choose from,” says Waran Naidu, AARNet’s Product Solutions Enablement and Support Manager.
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