Meeting platforms

Jitsi is an open-source video conferencing platform and not intended for e-learning scenarios.

Due to demand, we have put local Jitsi servers into operation at both locations. Jitsi is intended to enable meetings for small groups (max. about 10 people) when a DFN videoconference room is not available. It is possible to create and participate in a video conference with any workstation computer equipped with a webcam and microphone (better headset). For mobile operating systems the APP Jitsi Meet is available in the Appstores. Every employee can create a conference room with his or her university ID. Anyone who knows the name (link) of the room can participate in a conference.

IMPORTANT: Understandably, we do not have extensive experience with the operation of Jitsi, as this platform was installed at short notice. We cannot foresee how much traffic will be generated in the next weeks and therefore cannot give any concrete performance forecasts.

Instructions

To create a conference room, proceed as follows:

  1. Open one of the jitsi portals at meet.hochschule-trier.de or meet.umwelt-campus.de
  2. Enter your desired room name (special characters are not supported, only numbers and letters) under Start a new meeting and start the room with GO
    IMPORTANT: A room must always be created by a user with a university user ID. Only then can guests join the conference.
  3. If there is no registered user in the room, you can log on via I am the host with your university user ID. Please use only the user name (not the e-mail address) and password to log in.
  4. Now you can invite participants to your conference. The link is always composed of the URL of the portal and their room name. For example, if your room is called itdepartment, others can access the conference via the following Link:
    meet.hochschule-trier.de/itdepartmen or meet.umwelt-campus.de/itdepartment

Recommendations and advice

  • The following browsers are supported by the system:
    • Mozilla Firefox (up to max. 2-3 participants, otherwise problems may occur)
    • Browser with Chromium Engine: Google Chrome, Vivaldi, the new Microsoft Edge, ...)
  • For smartphones/tablets you should use the app Jitsi Meet from the respective appstore.
  • Use a headset if possible.
  • Everyone who doesn't talk should mute his microphone.
  • Speaking at the same time should be avoided. A wish to speak can be signalled by hand signals or the hand symbol from the menu bar.
  • Mobile phones should be kept away from loudspeakers.

Please also note that many factors influence the "user experience" of a virtual event in meeting scenarios of this kind:

  • the bandwidth or bottlenecks of the transmission paths,
  • the performance of the clients,
  • acoustic conditions of the participants,
  • Speaking discipline of the participants and more.
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