Ahhh, how time flies. It was just about two years ago that my fellow bibliobloggers and I were agog over the co-browsing potential shown by a product called Jybe. Just visited their website and it's all gone - hope the developers have moved on to other good things - they seemed like good guys.
Anyhoo, Kolabora.com has a posting today bringing us up to speed on the latest co-browsing options. Most of them do cost money, but there were a couple that appear to be free, including a lite version (vRoom) of Elluminate, which we use here to great effect at the U of C. There's a full review of vRoom here, and while the review doesn't read as very positive, my personal experience with Elluminate leads me to recommend that, if you're looking for a tool that will allow you to co-browse websites with a small number (1-3) of students AND offer very good Voice over IP quality, you should take a good look at this free tool.
And since I've put the cart first, co-browsing is the ability to share your web browser (and often any other application on your desktop) with someone in a remote location. Need to walk a student through a tricky database search? Almost impossible on the phone, but dead simple if you're both seeing the same screen.
I use Elluminate (full version) to teach to classes of students, but have fallen back on Skype and Unyte for my on-the-fly co-browsing needs. One of the nicer things about vRoom though, is that it's completely web-based and thus platform independent.
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