Google+ Hangouts “On-Air”

by Ed Cabellon on May 7, 2012 · 5 comments

Logo of Google Plus Hangouts

Google Plus announced today that their “On-Air” for Hangouts feature will be going live in a few weeks. is now LIVE.  I’m VERY EXCITED about this as it will change the way administrators and faculty in Higher Education will be able to deliver content.  The “On-Air” feature allows you to broadcast you and up to 9 others for anyone to watch in real time.  If you can’t make the broadcast live, no problem!  You can also record and repost it on YouTube for those to watch on-demand, on their schedule.  Since Google Plus Hangouts come embedded with many apps, including SlideShare, Docs, YouTube, etc., the amount of online “group work” productivity you can accomplish with others, has grown exponentially!

Imagine doing the following over Google Plus Hangouts:

  • Any type of trainings for student volunteers, employees, and/or staff
  • Pre-Orientation and/or Academic Advising Sessions
  • Conference Education Sessions and Keynotes
  • Focus and study groups
  • Planning meetings for any event, cause, or purpose.
  • Broadcasting events to the greater campus community, including your Alumni and Parents.
  • And many… many more!

Now the classroom, meeting room, laboratory, has NO walls.  If you were wondering why Google Plus mattered, you now have a strong reason in Hangouts.  While Facebook = Social; Twitter = Information; LinkedIn = Professional; and Pinterest = Visual… now Google Plus = Group Productivity.

I am looking forward to seeing how everyone uses it :-)

What could you use Google Plus Hangout’s “On Air” feature for in your area(s)?  What are your thoughts on all the new features?