In recent years, the use of videoconferencing to support education delivery and administrative needs has grown significantly. Administration and Education share an equal need for reliable and flexible ways to meet and communicate, although they have differing requirements. In addition, several technologies and services are reaching the end of their lifecycle. The Next Gen VC initiative was launched to meet the developing needs of the Faculty, and also replace the VC tools that are ageing. Learn more...
Where does Next Generation Virtual Collaboration fit in?
The Next Generation Virtual Collaboration (NGVC) project will facilitate easier and more flexible ways to meet and communicate, and replace technology to ensure stability and reliability. It will:
- Meet evolving video and web conferencing needs for education programs and administration by advancing current services, introducing new capabilities, ensuring stability and reliability of the service.
- Provide users with more flexible and accessible methods to collaborate virtually,
- Set a foundation for future cost efficiencies and shared services with UBC and FoM Partners.
What are we launching?
The Next Gen VC Project encompasses two elements:
Replace the FoM videoconference (VC) "bridge"
In order to host video and web conferencing, the Faculty of Medicine has a VC "bridge" – a physical piece of hardware that is necessary for VC to take place. The existing bridge was installed in 2007 and is reaching the end of its life cycle.
A new VC bridge has been selected, after a careful review of all suitable products on the market, which will ensure stability and align FoM with UBC IT technical shared services.
This new bridge is produced by a different vendor than the current one, and therefore it does have some new features. The layout on the screen, as well as the meeting ending reminders are the notable changes, and users will experience greater stability and a higher video quality.
All FoM VC meetings and teaching sessions will be migrated over onto the new bridge between June 2017 and January 2018. If you organize VC meetings / teaching sessions, you'll be hearing from the Next Gen VC team when your event is ready to be migrated, and we'll be providing you with lots of information about what is changing, and what is staying the same.
If you participate in a meeting, or teach in a session that is moving to the new platform, your Event Organizer will have some materials to share with you ahead of time.
Providing new ways to join meetings:
An exciting new feature of the new VC bridge is the option to join a scheduled VC bridge meeting or session virtually from your desktop, using a headset and camera.
Skype for Business (for administrative use)
Skype for Business is a desktop enterprise application for administrative use. It will be replacing the current FoM desktop VC application (Movi) as it has reached end of life. Eligible users are currently limited to current Movi users, those who had an existing need for desktop VC that had not been fulfilled by Movi, and those who have a new need for desktop VC as a result of the JPN3 Relocation Project.
When is this all happening?
Administrative VC meetings will be migrated to the new VC bridge over the summer of 2017. Academic sessions will be migrated between summer 2017 and early 2018.
The Next Gen VC team will be assessing existing users' VC needs in the summer of 2017 to determine which tool (Web Browser / Skype for Business) might be right for you / your team.
Where can I get support for the new tools?
For Technical Support, go to the
videoconference pages on MedNet.
Contact the MedIT Service Desk at 1-877-266-0666 or