Starting this fall 2016 we are integrating Cranium Café into our student advising. We will also use Cranium Cafe to assist HCI faculty with course development/e-learning design questions.
Cranium Café allows you to connect with your students and other faculty for virtual meetings. It is 100% FERPA and ADA compliant. You can have walk-in appointments, tutoring, and open office hours with up to 4 of your students. Cranium Café provides a scheduler, a virtual lobby, and space for virtual meetings.
Below is an icon for how it can be used. A student can easily “knock on the door” and then this takes a too link where an instant chat and video conference can take place. It is similar to Skype but seems easier and more in line with educational advising. Note that the name of Cranium recently changed to ConexED