[PD] teaching PD at a distance

Alexandre Quessy listes at sourcelibre.com
Tue May 15 05:36:48 CEST 2007

I have thought about using recordmydesktop to create little
screencasts, but they would still need to be converted or edited a
minimum. That is not live. VNC could work, but this is a bit
Windows-ish, no? Screenshots are ok, but we would be better off making
them in advance, if we want to be able to talk at the same time...
Remote X (ssh  -X) sessions are useless, because they would not see
what we do... Maybe we could ssh a session on their computer and start
pd on their X11 session... They could grab it with a web cam and
stream us the result... And we could talk to them using something like
jack-udp and pd.

At least, I can say that preparing a few patches is quite good for
remote workshops. Also, asking them to ask their questions on IRC is
the best thing, I find.

So, I think that Ben Bogart's way (VNC + voice + IRC) is the way to
go. Got to read https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VNC

Do you guys think that Pd + jack-udp is faster than Skype ? (skype is
proprietary, also...)


2007/5/14, marius schebella <marius.schebella at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
> I have some expierience now with video conferencing for classes, with
> both teachers and students online. I would like to share my experiences,
> but sinsce we were using mac's ichat and did not vnc a screencapture I
> am not sure if that is of interest for you.
> we never had more that 4 parties involved, since the core class still
> was gathering at one place. students were using a group chat, but the
> "teacher" was not actively chatting only sometimes posting a link.
> anyway the sound and video quality was quite good...
> files (patches) should be prepared online, downloadable and run locally.
> I think it is very hard to manage the backflow information, like when
> people are patching locally and run into problems. you could use
> screenshots for that or a webcam on a cable, but both is only a hack. I
> don't know if it is possible to integrate a vnc kind of screen video
> into a skype or ichat session, anyway that would be a way to go...
> how many people do you want to be in such a remote teaching session?
> marius.
> darsha hewitt wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> >
> > Anyone here ever teach pd or other FOSS programmes remotely?
> > Aalex and I are working on a pilot project with two artist-run centres
> > in Canada to see what works best for teaching pd at a distance.
> >
> > We have had one in person session with the students (who are mainly
> > visual artists) and we are now under way with the remote part of it
> > all.  We have set up an irc channel (#pd-prairies), a mailing list
> > (pd-prairies at lists.artengine.ca <mailto:pd-prairies at lists.artengine.ca>
> > )and we are having them contribute to a wiki (all of which they seem
> > relatively to be comfortable with).
> >
> > Anyone here ever use any FOSS software to facilitate teaching/ learning
> > at a distance?  We turned to skype for the first remote session but
> > obviously ran into issues with the we visual side of things (we ended up
> > sounding like robots when the web cam was in use so in the end we only
> > used voice...collective blind patching is an interesting experience ;-)
> >
> > We will be writing a report at the end of the project for those of you
> > who are interested.
> >
> > Kindly,
> >
> > Darsha
> >
> >
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