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Interactive Video Networking (IVN)

What is Interactive Video Networking (IVN)?


The North Dakota Interactive Video Network (IVN) is a statewide videoconferencing system established in 1990 to provide higher education opportunities in communities where specialized college degrees are not available. The system is also used for public and private meetings, workshops, hearings, interviews, and professional development seminars.

What is video conferencing?

IVN provides two way audio and video communications throughout the state. IVN classrooms are located in all 11 North Dakota University System campuses, the State Capitol, the State Hospital, the tribal colleges, NDSU Research Extension Centers, and K-12 schools.

Inclement weather - If student are not sure weather class is cancelled you should call the IVN Help Desk at 701-777-6486, press option #5 for cancellations. Weather conditions may not be the same at all sites and decisions need to be made to cancel one or all sites.

Streaming Information

Web streaming extends IVN videoconferences to users who cannot attend a videoconferencing facility but have access to the Internet. The main difference is web streams do not provide conferees with the opportunity to interact with those at videoconferencing facilities. A streamed event is saved and replayed at a later date.

Streaming allows the user to begin viewing video clips stored on a computer server, without first downloading the entire file. After a brief period of initializing and buffering, the file will begin to stream - or play - in real time.

Web Streaming

  • Requires broadband Internet access (DSL or cable modem, for example). Dial up access will not work.
  • Will be available using QuickTime or Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player is the recommended option.
  • Requests to stream an IVN conference must be made at least 2 business days prior to the event.

For instructions on how to view a stream click here.

To view a streamed event click here or on the ALT/IVN button on top part of the page.