If you're reading this page, it's probably because you've got the equipment you need to join eProv. The first thing to do is test it.
If you’ve already done webchatting (Skype, for instance), you’ll know most of this and can skip to the next section—Joining eProv. If you’re new to webchatting, not to worry. Millions of people have done this, and you can too.
The simplest way to test your equipment is to sign up for Skype. It’s free and will give you a chance to troubleshoot everything—including making sure those pesky routers and firewalls will let you get through.
And, besides, once you’re using eProv, you’ll want to talk to your classmates one-on-one away from class. Skype is probably the best and simplest way to do that. (There is also a facility in eProv that let’s you use a break-out room to work on group projects, but those are more for group discussions.)
So, have a quick glance at the instructions for your equipment, plug everything in, and let Skype do the testing for you.
On the other hand, if you want to test everything out yourself, read on...
First: set up the headphones
What’s to set up?” you’re asking. “Aren’t headphones are just plug-and-play?” Well, yes and no. Playing some music on your computer lets you know your equipment is working, but to get the best out of eProv, you need to set the volume for conversations.
The best way to do that is to go to a place like YouTube and play a few videos of people talking. Set the sound level so that you can comfortably hear people talk—not so loud that it blows out your eardrums, but loud enough that you can hear everything they say, and you’re not distracted by sounds in your “real” world.
Then: make sure the microphone is working
Record yourself with Wavepad and play it back. Adjust the microphone volume so that it records what you say loud and clear—but without distortion. (And don’t worry, we all sound strange to ourselves.)
Finally: set up and test your camera
Try to set the camera resolution as close to 320x240 pixels as your software allows, and as close to 24 frames a second as your equipment will allow. We’ve found that those settings give you fairly realistic image and motion, without eating up all your bandwidth.
You're now ready to Join eProv.
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