VNS provides video conferencing (interactive television) connectivity to and from all the University campuses: Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. Data lines provide two-way video and audio links to specially equipped rooms so instructors and students or meeting facilitators and participants can both hear and see each other.
The University of Minnesota - as a member of METNET, enables VNS to provide video conferencing connections to the statewide Distant Learning Network of Minnesota which would include Minnesota state, community, and technical colleges as well as experiment stations and K-12 sites.
VNS also provides ISDN service to connect credit course and non-credit events to distant sites beyond the University system or state network to access national and international video conferencing sites.
Electronic classrooms are equipped with the following presentation tools: document camera, videotape playback or record, scan converters for computer presentations, and Ethernet connections.
At this time, VNS provides video conferencing to credit course activity for University of Minnesota departments or colleges. Non-credit events are minimally charged to cover room maintenance and student operator costs.