This semester, I’m trying out Google+ Hangouts, as a way of holding “office hours” on the web, for students who cannot easily come to my physical office during the days I’m on campus. So far, it is working out pretty well.
As announced, or by appointment.
Join Google+ if you haven’t already. Use your real name so I will know who you are. You do not need to create a public profile.
Add me to your circles:
Visit my page here: Gregory Weber
Click on “Add to circles.” Put me in any circle you like. One for IU East or for your class, perhaps.
When I’m notified that you’ve added me, I will “add you back,” putting you in a circle for the class(es) you are in. I will then invite you to the hangouts for office hours, when they happen.
You can also invite me to a hangout. While I don’t insist on it, it may be best if we agree on a time (i.e., make an appointment) beforehand. You can do this through Oncourse Messages.
When you join (or start) a hangout for the first time, Google will ask you to download and install the Google Talk Plugin for your web browser. After downloading, it does not install automatically: you need to manually “run” the installer (i.e., double click on the downloaded file, or equivalent). The Hangout you are starting or joining will wait while you do this. You do not need to use system administrator privileges to do this (?).
Optional: For more information on Google+, see Getting Started on Google+.