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Distribute live or delayed versions of sound and/or video broadcasts

 What is this? 

Webcasting is usually described as broadcasting over the Internet.  It involves any number of technologies to distribute a single content source via the Internet to many remote viewers. An easy analogy would be 'Internet TV', as the remote audience has limited (i.e. chat window) or no option of participation. These events are accessible both live and/or archived.

Webcasting could be used for:

  • Conferences and special events
  • Seminars, presentations and lectures
  • Meetings and information sessions
  • Online learning and other initiatives  


 Who do we support?

  • OISE and University of Toronto faculty, staff, and students


 How do I request it?

Fill in the Webcasting Request Form.

The anticipated group size and webcast needs will help us determine which webcasting facility and technologies are best suited for your event.

Please allow at least (3) business days’ notice for bookings occurring during regular working hours (Monday - Friday, 9 am – 5 pm).
Please allow at least (5) business days’ notice to schedule consultations.
Please allow (2) weeks’ notice for bookings that occur outside of regular business hours, including weekends.

You may be contacted by an EC staff member for further details. Please reply with requested details as soon as possible so that we can assist you quickly and efficiently.


 What is the cost?

Costs for this service vary depending on specific needs of your event and the time of day it is held.


 When is it available? 

Regular hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*

*After hours support is available at additional cost.


 What technologies are available for webcasting?

  • Zoom
  • Wirecast

Both technologies are available within the facilities of the Education Commons and mobilized for use in your classroom or conference space at 252 Bloor St. West.


 How do I get support?

E-mail the Client Care Portal (CCP)

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 FAQ - Video Conferencing vs Webcasting 

What is the difference between a video conference and a webcast?

video conference is a 2-way communication between 2 or more sites.

  • All sites can see and be seen by all other sites.
  • All sites can hear and be heard by other sites.

Video conferencing at OISE utilizes IP based Polycom Video Conferencing systems to connect to other H.323 Video Conferencing systems.

Webcasting is a term used to describe any number of technologies that 'broadcast' one, some or all of a group of connected sites via Internet. An easy analogy is "Internet TV", as in most cases, the broadcast is one way, meaning remote participants can see and hear the webcast, but have a limited set of options (i.e. chat window) for participating in the event. In some cases, they have no means at all.