Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, an assistant professor of Marketing and Finance, has already begun using Webex.
“In class Monday night I had a guest speaker from Toronto in for a thirty minute Webex session in what I call ‘Ask the Expert.’ This allows the students to ask questions back and forth, which is something we wouldn’t get to do otherwise,” he said.
The plan is to integrate Webex with the single sign-on system, which will take a couple of more weeks to accomplish. Once fully integrated into the WT system, Webex is projected to have a positive impact on the WT campus for both students and professors.
Webex offers high-quality video, which allows the user to view up to six video participants at one time, and has Active Speaker technology, which switches the audio focus to whoever is speaking.
Webex can connect up to 1,000 people in the same meeting and can be used by almost any electronic device that can access the Internet.
“Students can connect through an iPhone or an iPad. You can literally be anywhere in the world and join the meeting. It is secure, encrypted, and it requires a password,” Webb said.
“I think it [Webex] will be really helpful to students and professors especially for the online and hybrid classes,” senior General Business major Morgan Grazier said. “Instead of just emailing, you can meet with your professor, which is so much better.”
Webex is a technology developed by Cisco and brought to the WT campus by James Webb.