I’ve used Bluejeans extensively over the past three semesters, as part of the activities associated with the Center for Language Science. As co-PI on the recently awarded $5million PIRE grant through the National Science Foundation I participated in many Bluejeans encounters over the past year, with consultants, potential partners, and invited speakers. <strong>I was able to participate from a number of remote locations, on campus, at home, and on the road, all flawlessly.</strong> More recently we have used Bluejeans to interview candidates for the position of assistant director of the CLS. At one point one of us was in Chile, another in Ecuador, another in Los Angeles, and the candidate was in Boston. Bluejeans came through in a highly professional manner, enabling smooth multi-user audio and video communication without the glitches and freeze-ups often experienced with the free programs (e.g. the big “S”). I have been so impressed by Bluejeans that I’ve requested an account for some upcoming searches in the Program in Linguistics. My request was efficiently handled by Tim Taylor, who after discussing my needs had me up and running within a few minutes. I’m glad that Penn State and CLA have invested in this package, which not only allows us to be more efficient and effective in our multi-user communications, but also gives Penn State a much more professional virtual interface than the on-the-cheap social media-type alternatives. I hope that this represents a permanent commitment to providing us with this highly effective access mode.
This November we will be connecting two European universities and 10 EuroAsian universities to Penn State, including World Campus students. We are thrilled to be able to use this technology.
I am confident that if Liberal Arts were to make Bluejeans available to a wider audience, it would be well used because it is easy, secure, and able to bring Penn State students to their global partners with the click of a key.