I have tried the various classroom/conferencing programs from WebEx to Moodle.
All the technical bugs may not be out, but they were at least adequate. The problem was I felt constrained. I had to fit my material into their format. I was limited in what I could do. And in the back of my mind, there is the feeling. "This does not belong to me. Remember Ning."
I own Moodle, but I use Elluminate.
An idea that I have had for a while now, needs some outside evaluation. Let talk about it.
Cloud Conferencing. Do not use any platform but take advantage of free and open source applications.
I start by putting my course syllabus on Moodle and use it for registration.
I prepare a web page that includes all links I will use in the discussion
The participants at the scheduled time are called by Skype and we exchange pleasantries.
I direct them to the Home Page of the discussion which has annotated links to various resources.
I turn on my web based whiteboard and explain how it works.
I give them the password that lets them see my monitor.
What else do I need?
Why do I need a set platform that I may not own and may have to pay for?