Sounds good to me -- I have an exam on the 18th, and am flying to California on the 21st, but I should be able to gchat or im on the 22nd or 23rd if we set a time in advance (and I'll be on west-coast time, so preferably not too early) Cooper 04:17, 17 December 2008 (UTC)
Alas, I've looked into this before and gobby is really the best-of-breed out there (alternatives I've tried include things like Google Docs, but the latency on those is pretty bad, and it doesn't cope well with many simultaneous users - or having a simultaneous screen session, which is tricky to set up and use, and also only allows one typer at a time).
I agree that gobby for the mac is a somewhat painful setup - perhaps we can find a way to work around that. For starters, would this tutorial help at all? (I'm not sure what instruction set you've been following.) If not, I'd be happy to meet with you before or after class, or online, and see if we can get it going together (I don't myself have a Mac, but I'll ask some of my friends who may have gotten Gobby to work on theirs before).
(Apologies for the latency - have been traveling without internet, and am currently writing this from Wellington, NZ.) Mchua 03:50, 27 January 2009 (UTC)S
Etherpad as gobby alternative?
After tonight's class, I wondered what you thought of http://etherpad.com/, which I hadn't known about before - it seems quite similar to gobby (it is slower, but far better than Google Docs at allowing simultaneous edits). Mchua 07:38, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
What software do you want to use? If it's gtalk or skype, that's pretty simple to set up - just make sure there are working webcams on both ends and then hook your laptop to the projector/speaker (any law school classroom is equipped for that). You could probably use fancy teleconferincing stuff like a Polycom, but that's only if your guests have those units on their end, so I'd guess it's probably not worth the fuss to use something-that-isn't-Skype.
Hm. My first reaction is "see if someone in the class has a nice bluetooth headset to borrow and pass around," as those usually have a 30ft range - would need to test it though, to see if that setup would actually work. Could also do a corded computer mic and a long cord extension (a few dollars from best buy). Would either of these work? I can also ask Harvard's IT what else they have, but don't know of compatible easier solutions they might have available (as in "I'm not sure they'd be able to do better, but we could try.") Last resort, people can always walk to the mic. :) Mchua 03:37, 17 March 2009 (UTC)