I did some more digging, and I think I found an open-source project that might surpass Wimba in terms of features and ease of use. Is a locally hosted product an option? This seems to just use the web browser as a client (nothing for users to download).

 

http://www.bigbluebutton.org/

 

https://code.google.com/p/bigbluebutton/wiki/InstallationUbuntu

 

Ben

 

From: Demian Katz [mailto:demian.katz@villanova.edu]
Sent: Monday, August 5, 2013 11:20 AM
To: vufind-tech@lists.sourceforge.net; vufind-general@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [VuFind-General] Developers Call Update

 

Hello,

 

I’ve done more research into Google Hangouts, and it looks like this just isn’t going to work for our group size – apparently we either have a 10-person video limit, or we pay to get a 15-person limit (which is still rather low), or we go to text-only chat, in which case we might as well be using IRC.

 

So we can either go back to Wimba, go low-tech and use IRC, or investigate other options.

 

For tomorrow’s call, I propose continuing with Google Hangouts since it seems rather last-minute to change, but we can fail over to IRC if the call fills up.  IRC connection information can be found here:

 

http://vufind.org/support.php

 

Let me know if you have thoughts/questions.

 

- Demian