Video Conferencing

Definition: Synchronous audio and video communication via traditional telecommunications infrastructure (commonly ISDN or the Internet). Examples: personal computer-based systems like NetMeeting, room-based systems such as Polycom (formerly PictureTel), and high-end systems like the Access Grid.

Those familiar with video conferencing at Penn State will most likely think of room-based systems like PictureTel (now "Polycom"). However, other options now exist at Penn State, as well, including desktop video conferencing (see "Web Conferencing") and the Access Grid.

Penn State Videoconferencing Room Locations and Services:

  • Penn State Videoconferencing Rooms and Contact List
  • This extensive list includes all of Penn State's "public" videoconferencing facilities. The list includes information about room capacities, features, and contact information for scheduling. A helpful resource when trying to locate a place to hold your videoconference!
  • NOTE: 108 Wartik and 371 Willard are "general purpose" classrooms and, therefore, are very heavily used and are hard to schedule.


EESI Videoconferencing Facility, 217B EES Building

  • In addition to the list of Penn State videoconferencing rooms linked above, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (College of EMS) has installed a high-definition Polycom video conference system in the large EESI conference room (217B EES Bldg). The room can accommodate approximately 12 people and includes the ability to connect a computer into the system. Contact Debbie Lambert,, to schedule.  

Penn State's On-Demand Video Bridge Service

  • Penn State's On-Demand Video Bridge Service offers freedom of scheduling for impromptu videoconferencing meetings by providing conferee-initiated access to the Penn State Video Bridge. The On-Demand service provides the freedom to connect three or more videoconference rooms or desktop systems on an as-needed basis without the need for making formal reservations. On-Demand video bridge conferences require an initial conference set-up in the Penn State Video Bridge (which can be done online). But once the profile is established, conferees can use the Bridge, as needed, scheduling conferences on their own.  More information on this service can be found at

Penn State Access Grid

  • The Access Grid relies on a multicast network of over 1,500 users worldwide. Each institution has one or more "designed spaces" that contains high-end audio and visual technology. Penn State currently has one such facility, located in 140 Computer Building.

Training Materials:

Faculty Guide to Teaching through Videoconferencing (pdf format)

  • This Faculty Guide is a comprehensive guide to using videoconferencing for teaching, produced by Education Technology Services (ETS) at Penn State. 

A Participant's Guide to Videoconferencing (pdf format)

Videoconferencing Etiquette and Meeting Tips (pdf format)