Desktop Videoconferencing – Bridging Minds Over The Cloud

BCNET signed a one-year service contract with BlueJeans Network, a cloud-based videoconferencing service, to improve collaboration amongst its multi-institutional member community.

Before choosing BlueJeans Network, BCNET’s Collaboration Technologies Working Group, evaluated 17 different desktop solutions. BlueJeans was ranked as the top contender because of  its convenience, reliability, lack of administrative constraints and its ability to connect effectively with Skype and room-based videoconferencing technologies such as LifeSize or Polycom.

Today, BlueJeans Network is providing high-quality, life-like video meetings for BCNET’s member community of working groups, committees and project teams. The IT staff at UBC, SFU, UBCO, TRU, UNBC, BCIT, RRU, GNW and ECUAD are continuing to trial the service with faculty and staff at their campuses.

Attend this session to see a live demonstration of BlueJeans, find out how you can use the service at your campus, learn about the evaluation process, hear user feedback, and how the service is improving meeting attendance and encouraging collaboration.

Panel Participants

Mark Zuberbuhler, Executive Producer, CTLT – Digital Media, University of British Columbia

Mark Zuberbuhler’s responsibilities include strategic planning, project development and facility management. CTLT – Digital Media’s creative environment specializes in video development, high-definition videoconferencing, webcasting, and interactive multimedia. Its primary objective is to work collaboratively and strategically with faculties and students to effectively utilize media technology in teaching and learning. CTLT provides consultancy and support to faculty members and graduate students at UBC in their professional development in teaching, learning and the use of educational technology.

Keir Novik, Information Technology Manager at BCNET and Network Security Analyst at SFU

At BCNET, Keir is responsible for core IT services and supporting the Applications Advisory Committee working groups. Recent projects have been in the areas of videoconferencing, collaboration technology, and identity management. Keir obtained his PhD in computational physics from the University of Cambridge, UK and was previously at the University of London, UK. Keir is the co-chair of BCNET’s Collaboration Technology working group.

Shadi Baqleh, Head of Sales, Blue Jeans Network

Corey Kirk, Technology Coordinator, SFU

Corey is with the Audio Visual branch of Client and Research Services (IT Services) at SFU Burnaby. His responsibilities include videoconferencing, desktop support management of the Macs and PCs in lecture theatres and classrooms, web design and communications, and technology coordinator of the West Mall Audio Visual office.

Flemming Sorvin, University Systems, UVic

Flemming Sorvin does webcasting, videoconferencing and video production for the University of Victoria. He is currently investigating synchronous collaboration tools for the Educational Technology Advisory Council.


Panel Discussion & Demo

Intended Audience 

General: Faculty, staff, students

Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Tuesday, May 1st
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Lohn Policy Room (7000)

7th Floor


Mark Zuberbuhler