I'd discourage google hangout for screen sharing.  We use hangouts for lots of great stuff but it comes up short on screensharing b/c it renders the pages too small.

Join.me is something else I know that some of my colleagues use but I don't have experience with it myself.  


On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM, Megan Dushin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I've used UMConnect for remote user testing. On their end, they'll need a USB headset w/ mic if you want to record the audio w/ video (or I think you can pay for a phone conferencing line to be hooked in so the recording can capture both). If no audio (synced w/ video) recording is needed, regular phone line should work fine.

As I recall, you invite them into the room, then promote them to a presenter so they can do screen and/or app share. They may need a plug-in, esp. if doing screen share, and who knows, that may require an admin password.


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Date: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [WEBSTANDARDS] Advice, please: screen share for user testing
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Both Google Hangout and UMConnect can do screen sharing and are free, University licensed tools.


On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM, Ann Nordby <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hello everyone: 

We have rebuilt our staff only pages (password protected) and I want to do some user testing with our staff, who are spread out across the state. My plan is to do a screen share with them while we're on the phone together, read out the tasks, and watch while they complete the tasks and describe their obstacles. 

I've used usertesting.com before, and that worked great for public pages, but that doesn't make sense for this section (signing staff up as testers through usertesting.com is an obstacle, etc etc)

Can anyone recommend a screen share software? I haven't done this before. Thanks! 


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