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Learning Ecosystems -- My new home

This will be my new virtual home. Why?

  1. For those familiar with technology and blogging, you have been shaking your head at me for far too long -- and I don't blame you.
    You know that (in addition to numerous other reasons), using something like WordPress to set up and run a blog is much more time efficient than running a website such as this one. With more things continually trying to make their way onto my job/time plate, I need -- no scratch that -- I have to do this.

  2. RSS feeds are not supported on Calvin's personal websites. I have appreciated your patience in continually having to return/check-in here on this site, but it's time to move on to a better way of doing things.

I will keep this site up for reference sake -- as I've worked hard to obtain the information on the various topics located herein. Thankfully, some of this site has been helpful to other people.


Archives of my postings related to the Wimba Classroom product -- as well as
other web-based collaboration products/technologies -- are listed below.

For up-to-date postings, I'll see you over at my new "Learning Ecosystems" blog!



ViVu releases first multi-user video collaboration plug-in for Skype -- from
Company overcomes current restrictions of one-on-one video conferencing to enhance business communication in the widely used software application
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ViVu, Inc. (, an emerging leader in creating innovative and easy-to-use solutions for live video participation, today released VuRoom – a ViVu-powered plug-in for Skype, the popular software that enables the world’s conversations. VuRoom is built on the Skype platform to provide customers with instant multi-user video conferencing – an exciting new breakthrough previously unavailable to Skype users. Along with its presentation and desktop sharing functionalities, VuRoom is designed to help remote business users collaborate in real-time, while also saving valuable time and money.


Wimba News January 2010 -- from Virtual School Meanderings
Modern Marvels – Top-Ten Unique and Innovative Uses of Wimba Collaboration

Our second annual list of Modern Marvels highlights the versatility and innovation found within the Wimba community and showcases how collaboration powerfully engages communities, facilitates effective instruction, fosters online meetings and offers time and money-saving efficiencies.

  1. Michelle Obama Goes Green with Wimba
  2. Virtual Veterinarians
  3. Serious Fun – Robofest 2009
  4. H1N1 Real-time Updates and Painless Vaccinations
  5. Online Music Instruction – More than Tickling the “Ivories”
  6. Celebrating French Holidays… In North Carolina
  7. Rolling out the Virtual Welcome Mat – Online Student Orientation
  8. “Earn While You Learn” – Full-time Employee, Part-time Student
  9. A Statewide Dialogue on Spending Stimulus Funding
  10. Expanding Educational Access, Improving Global Healthcare

Market for Web Conferencing and Interactive Whiteboards for Use in Education and Training Approaching or Exceeding $1 Billion Annually -- from Wainhouse Research
New study from Wainhouse Research describes the booming market opportunities for use in classroom and training environments.



MasterNewMedia Trends And Predictions For 2010 And Beyond - Part 2 -- from Robin Good

1. Curation
2. Online collaboration and web conferencing. In 2010, online collaboration needs to be redefined as:

"the ability to make it possible for individuals, engaged in collaborative teamwork with distributed collaborators, customers, and suppliers, to work seamlessly together as if they were all in the same place, while guaranteeing full continuity between plans, assignments and activities as these people link up from different connection devices and continuously move from and to different physical locations."

This is where we are headed. And this is where I think you will see some interesting new unexpected things become available in the near future.

3. Events
4. Learning and education
5. P2P
6. Visual communication
7. Mobile
8. Video publishing
9. SEO search
10. Usability Testing
11. Online Music


Related items:
U Arizona Team Seeks To Construct International Internet Classroom -- from by Dian Schaffhauser
A team of researchers from the University of Arizona is working on a project to develop an "International Internet Classroom" as a way to centralize information and resources that could be of value to teachers. The effort, led by members of the Computer Science department, will rely on artificial intelligence and user-generated data to bring together pertinent educational resources into "unit packages," according to Paul Cohen, head of the department. "We're asking, 'What is it like to be a teacher in the age of information?'" said Jane Strohm, an education informatics researcher working on Cohen's team. "The concept is that we need an easier way to get information and not get lost in the Internet."

A dark horse emerges in web conferencing - Kim Thai, Brainstormtech -- quote below and item from Ray Schroeder
Hoopla around Google Wave service, launched publicly in September, has brought resurgence to the idea of unified communications — a single platform that integrates voice, email, fax (really!), chat, and web conferencing. Long a dream of the telecommunications industry, unified communications is gaining some buzz among corporate tech teams as a possible tool for enhancing employee productivity.

Citrix Online


Web Meetings Saves Costs, Increases Productivity -- from by Sharon Lobo


Web Conferencing Is Going Wide -- from The Webinar Blog by Ken Molay


Related item: -- young people use Google wave on a global scale


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ePals, the future of student-led global collaboration -- from teq

Related item:
30 Cool Educational Webcams -- from


An Instructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning -- from Jolly T. Holden, Ed.D. | Philip J.-L. Westfall, Ph.D. | Chairmen Emeriti | United States Distance Learning Association | 2009


Tips for Building a Personal Learning Network on Campus and Online -- from Faculty Focus by Maryellen Weimer

Elluminate: your grandkid's classroom - Matt Bowman, VatorNews -- quote below and resource from Ray Schroeder
Wondering what school will be like for the next generation? Check out Elluminate. It gives an instructor the ability to hold a web conference with up to 300 participants, host interactive displays, video streaming, private-but-moderated chats between participants and just about every function a teacher could want in an online classroom. Last week, the company announced it’s social network, LearnCentral, which launched in June of this year, has reached 25,000 members worldwide.

Webinars: Past, Present and Future -- from Karl Kapp

Webinar: The Future of eLearning Content -- by Janet Clarey

Wimba, The Aughts, and Me -- by Wimba long-timer, Matt Wasowski


Wimba Modern Marvels 2009 -- from
Top-Ten Unique and Innovative Uses of Wimba Collaboration


Will Learning Adopt the Linux Model for Development in the Future? -- from the Upside Learning blog

I came across this really interesting interview with Greg Kroah-Hartman – Linux Kernel Dev/Maintainer. In this interview, Greg talks about how the Linux project has accommodated the accelerating rate of change for the kernel. It was very interesting to draw parallels between some of what he says and learning.

“And then I send stuff off to Linus. So, Linus trusts 10 to 15 people, and I trust 10 to 15 people. And I’m one of the subsystem maintainers. So, it’s a big, giant web of trust helping this go on.”

Web of Trust’ Networks of trust are becoming very important to the way we create products/services where each individual on the network is a potential contributor. There are just such networks in the enterprise as well, and they play a big role in how tacit knowledge is transferred in the organization. Increasingly, social networking tools are available within the organization and analyzing these networks gives a good idea who the knowledge leaders in an organization are, and which individuals form their network. The ability to target and influence knowledge leaders will lead to similar effects on their networks as well.


Subject: 2010 IRS Mileage Rate
Please note that the mileage reimbursement rate for 2010 will be 50.0 cents per mile for miles incurred January 1, 2010 and after.

From DSC:
Using tools like Wimba Classroom is looking better all the time...

Video by NJIT Online Discusses Wimba's Interactive Attributes -- from
Watch how Wimba facilitates interactive online math programs and guest lectures in this video moderated by Katia Passerini, Hurlburt Professor of Management of Information Systems at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) School of Management. When talking about NJIT’s distance learning program which utilizes the Wimba Collaboration Suite, Passerini says, “It’s a very interactive experience, it creates a community that goes beyond the classroom, and it’s really easy and user friendly.”

NJIT Online disucsses Wimba's interactive attributes


Resources for my K12 Online Conference Presentation -- from Out on a Lim by Janine Lim

Instructional Strategies That Work with Videoconferencing. Links are shared in the order referred to in the presentation video. Videoconferencing can bring the world to your classroom. It allows educators to bridge the divide by bringing experiences to rural students; by engaging conversations and interactions between urban and rural students and by connecting students globally. Whether using desktop videoconferencing or room based videoconferencing, educators can bridge the divide between “dabbling” in videoconferencing to fully integrating with solid classroom instructional strategies.


Related item:
Innovative eLearning campus for Biblical Theological Seminary -- from

MindActive Inc, a Web marketing and eLearning development firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, recently created and launched a new online eLearning platform for Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA.

Biblical Theological Seminary, an accredited interdenominational seminary, had asked MindActive, and its partner,, to help create an innovative online campus, called “The Digital Campus Project”, so it could offer credit-based courses for its Master's Degree in Missional Church Planting.

“We have integrataed our live interactive technologies with an open-source application called Moodle, to build the Learning Management portion of the eCampus. They wanted the ability to enroll students for online courses using their existing registration process. The integrated eCampus platform was built to allow users seamless use of their course applications with a single login, said Paul Shirer, partner with MindActive”.

MindActive also integrated their own innovative video webcasting, live event video, and video email applications into the seminary’s Learning Management System (LMS) to allow administrators, students, educators, and faculty members to share, communicate, and collaborate all within the same school based platform.


From DSC: A brief thought on this Friday morning...

It's snowing like crazy in Grand Rapids, MI. Some areas of West Michigan are seeing up to 18" this morning, and 100+ schools are closed throughout the surrounding areas. But what was interesting to me about our first major snowfall this year -- and different from the past years (at least that I can remember) -- is that all of the radio stations redirected people to their websites for the list of school closings.

Not a big deal right? is in a way. If you want to (quickly and easily) know if your school is closed, you need to have Internet access. If not, you need to find other means...and such means probably will not be as quick/efficient. (What was that phone # again? Which office/dept do I call? The scrolling list on the TV takes forever to get to my school district. etc. etc.) look at the parallel trends happening in better be connected into the Internet from here on out. One better be connected with peers/colleagues all over the world if you want to be the best in your field....or learn a topic with the most up-to-date information.


Distance Ed -- Tandberg


I Love (Wimba) CATs: Using Wimba Classroom to Bridge Online and Face-to-Face Learning and Assessment
Thomas Angelo's classroom assessment techniques (CATs) have long been recognized as the best approach to evaluate learning. But, these techniques were very difficult, if not impossible, to replicate in the online learning environment - until now! Wimba Classroom gives faculty several tools to engage online learners synchronously and to evaluate learning in real-time.

This is a tremendous advancement to the online learning environment because faculty and students can engage one another in a give-and-take manner that replicates the spontaneity and familiarity of the face-to-face classroom. Experienced online faculty and students enjoy the enhanced learning environment, while novice faculty and students are relieved to have immediate interaction with one another.

During this presentation, participants will be introduced to specific examples of Angelo's classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can be replicated in Wimba Classroom and will receive a brief review of the pedagogical function of these CATs. Then, participants will learn how to integrate Angelo's CATs into their PowerPoint presentations using the eBoard, Survey tool, and Breakout Rooms in Wimba Classroom. With these tools, faculty can assess student perspectives and address their misconceptions in a way that fosters higher-learning outcomes. This approach to learning becomes even more powerful when coupled with Wimba Classroom's Archive feature, which allows students to review the session as often as they want, gaining insight into academic topics and reflecting on their learning process.

I Love Cats: using Wimba Classroom to bridge online and face-to-face learning and assessment

Wimba Study Break: Transitioning from Face-to-Face to Online Instruction

Even though most schools have transitioned some aspects of their in-classroom instruction to the online environment, there are still so many ways to do so effectively. Learn from two customers who have successfully helped their faculty make the leap. Join Gary Shouppe of Columbus State University (GA) as he replicated a face-to-face (f2f) masters degree program into an online degree program, and then hear from Cliff Eberhardt of Central Michigan University as he explains how using Wimba and Blackboard have helped ease faculty into online instruction because they feel it's easy for them to create effective online courses. Presented by: Gary Shouppe, Columbus State University & Cliff Eberhardt, Central Michigan University | Hosted by: Matt Wasowski, Wimba.

Transitioning from face-to-face to online learning   Results -- 100% increase in enrollment


Live Online Learning: A facilitator's guide -- Second edition from Onlignment


Related item:
Universities must do more to keep up with online developments -- from Education Executive; original resource from Ray Schroeder
Universities must do more to keep up with developments online, particularly given the rise in popularity of social networking, according to a new report from Sapient. The report suggests today's students are ‘digital natives', used to a world of online social networking but argues many universities are yet to adapt to these changes and embrace new technologies to enhance the student experience.

According to the report, if universities are to continue to provide an excellent learning environment to researchers and attract the best students it's essential they deliver a sophisticated online environment for learning. This is particularly important given most university populations are fragmented with students living in multiple locations - sometimes abroad. Although some have sought to foster a sense of community online through the introduction of various online tools these are often little more than e-learning services that fail to promote high value collaboration and engagement.

The New Way of Learning – Go Beyond the Classroom -- from Tandberg
Video communications facilitates distance learning and helps students better grasp, understand and apply knowledge. This special report describes how schools can use video communication technology to create a climate of learning that inspires and motivates students - while at the same time supporting teachers. Learn how video communications can help reshape and transform education to keep pace with today's learning environment.

Go beyond the classroom


Faculty and Student Support Without Borders -- from Wimba
Web-based conferencing has become an integral part of Study Abroad opportunities for faculty and students participating in exchange programs. Through Wimba Classroom, international faculty can engage with students, faculty and content, prior to coming to campus. Likewise, VSU faculty traveling to international campuses have the opportunity for advance engagement with host institutions. Exchanging faculty can continue to teach VSU online courses from their international settings, through live conferencing with their U.S. students. For international students studying on the VSU campus, Wimba Classroom provides communication with their home campuses.


Directions in Education and Learning -- George Siemens at University of Oslo
"Our ability to know is defined by our involvement in networks."

One of the slides from George Siemens' talk last week at the University of Oslo


Improving the bottom line: Collaboration with Wimba saves educators time and money -- from Wimba
Enterprise-Wide use of Wimba Collaboration Suite™ offers significant ROI for K-12 and higher ed leaders


Web connects local, Turkish students


Web 2.0 in Education -- by Steve Hargadon

Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education -- social networking whitepaper from Elluminate by Steve Hargadon
...discusses social networking, Web 2.0, the emergence of educational networking, and its adoption for personal learning. The paper also looks at how the LearnCentral social learning network is providing a platform for professional development for educators on a global level.


Colleges and Universities Select Cisco TelePresence to Extend In-Person Collaboration Beyond the Campus Environment -- from Cisco Web Ex
Higher Education Institutions Create Virtual Learning Environments and Foster More Open Innovation Between Academic and Private Industry Researchers with Cisco TelePresence

From DSC:
Notice how some other colleges and universities are using products from Cisco WebEx -- we can do the same things with Wimba Classroom:


  • With Cisco TelePresence, educational institutions can bring teachers and professors with specialized expertise to students around the world efficiently and economically; empower richer and more productive collaboration for research purposes and create new educational opportunities, such as global classrooms and customized executive education programs.

  • Virtual learning environments created by using Cisco TelePresence help colleges and universities embrace environmental sustainability goals through the reduction of travel, while extending the reach of university experts and attracting new students.

  • Several of the nation's top research universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, among others, utilize Cisco TelePresence to increase the frequency of "in-person" collaboration with colleagues at other universities, helping speed new developments and improve ongoing research collaboration to foster more open innovation. 

  • Cisco TelePresence creates more open, collaborative relationships between academic and private industry researchers, helping speed innovation and share resources via intercompany, or business-to-business, Cisco TelePresence connections enabled by service providers worldwide.


Connectivisim: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age -- from E-learning Practice & Research blog; and ultimately from George Siemens
The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses [emphasis DSC].

Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.

The world on your blackboard

-- slide #49 or 63 of Rodd Lucier's "Learning 2.0 / Top 10 Trends" presentation


Making Webinars More Like In-Person Meetings

Inspiring Teachers' Use of CurriculumVideoconferencing: What Works
-- by Janine Lin

Janine Lin's Presentation: Inspiring Teachers' Use of CurriculumVideoconferencing: What Works


Is Lecture Capture Worth Doing? Mediasite Reports Say “Yes!” -- from World of Webcast by John Pollard


The Shake Up in the VC Market -- from Videoconferencing out on a Lim
Are you following all the interesting developments in the videoconferencing market? Here’s an interesting review and analysis of the changes coming down the pike. I highly recommend that you take some time to read it. Here are a few snippets to convince you to read further...

From Logitech to Acquire LifeSize Communications

"We expect this acquisition to enable Logitech to extend our leadership in video communication beyond the desktop," said Gerald P. Quindlen, Logitech president and chief executive officer. "Together we can make life-like, HD-quality video communication as mainstream and seamless as a telephone, for meeting participants in the boardroom, at their office desk, in a remote-location meeting room, telecommuting from home or on the go with a laptop."


Related item:
The K-12 Online Conference
...invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2009 conference theme is “Bridging the Divide.” This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote by classroom teacher and international educator Kim Cofino the week of November 30, 2009. The following two weeks, December 7-11 and December 14-17, over fifty presentations will be posted online to our conference blog and our conference Ning for participants to view, download, and discuss.


How to Create and On-Demand Webinar Program -- A Quantum Leap Marketing White Paper

Inspiring Teachers' Use of Curriculum Videoconferencing: What Works (via Elluminate) -- Nov 110th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (ET)
Teachers are the most important key to implementing any new technology innovation. So how to do you hook teachers on curriculum videoconferencing? Learn what works in Southwest Michigan and apply these principles to your own school.

Blending Learning Webinar (via Elluminate): Nov. 10th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm (ET)
This webinar will explore the economy of scale and power of blended learning which is derived from its "elasticity": the ability to integrate a variety of synchronous and asynchronous media allowing the instructional designer to attain the most appropriate blended learning solution. Each participant will receive a FREE copy of the USDLA Instructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning authored by Dr. Jolly Holden and Dr. Philip Westfall.

Higher Education (Via Elluminate): Nov 9th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will explore a broad range of issues related to the institution's/unit's practices and procedures as new global campuses become the norm and the traditional education landscape transforms. Specific areas of interest may focus on strategic planning, accreditation, faculty workload, international programs, virtual learning communities, leadership, connecting educational institutions globally, trends, best practices and alternative education as an issue of national competitiveness.


Using Collaborative Online Technology for Non-Instructional Use -- Nov 12 2pm EST
Using Collaborative Online Technology for Meetings, Disaster Preparedness, Office Hours, and other Non-Instructional Uses Across a Campus

  • University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension holds live online meetings each week to save its statewide user base time and travel dollars
  • Instructors at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana conduct live virtual office hours with students who are located in distant pockets of the state
  • Bristol Community College conducts emergency preparedness meetings, HR interviews, and faculty CMS and software training live online

Collaborative technologies extend far beyond teaching and learning. This presentation features three experts from three uniquely different institutions who will share their creative non-instructional uses of collaborative technology to save time and money while simultaneously increasing attendance and productivity. Presenter: Janet Sylvia, University of Georgia; Bonnie Willy, Ivy Tech Community College & Diane Forand, Bristol Community College Register Here:


Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 is now available for Moodle -- memo from Wimba
MP4, whiteboard, and assessment innovation extends learning beyond physical classroom
The Wimba Collaboration Suite™ 6.0, unveiled in April, is now available for Moodle. By creating a highly personal and dynamic environment for online learning, thousands of higher education institutions and K-12 districts around the world rely on Wimba’s technology to improve outcomes and increase student retention.

Customers now have access to innovative new capabilities of Wimba Classroom™ 6.0, Wimba Pronto™6.0, and Wimba Voice™ 6.0 - enhancements that include advanced MP4, whiteboarding and assessment functionality. For more information on how the Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 can impact teaching and learning at your school or campus please visit: Solutions for K-12 | Solutions for Higher Education

Wimba Study Break: Transitioning from Face-to-Face to Online Instruction -- from Wimba
Even though most schools have transitioned some aspects of their in-classroom instruction to the online environment, there are still so many ways to do so effectively.  Learn from two customers who have successfully helped their faculty make the leap. 


Though Wimba was not a part of these reviews, here's an interesting list of players:
Unique around the world: vendor-independent review of web conferencing solutions



Moodlerooms Launches Data Exchange Tool and Cisco WebEx Integration -- from The Journal by Dian Schaffhauser
Moodlerooms, a Moodle service provider, has released a data exchange tool and announced two new programs: a partnership with the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute and a new partner program for the development of plugins. Moodle is an open source course management system, and Moodlerooms is a for-profit company that provides hosting and other services and software to institutions that use Moodle.

Software Helps Music Students Collaborate Online With Crystal Clarity -- from The Chronicle by Jeff Young
Music schools have a tradition of bringing in famous musicians to hold master classes with a handful of students, but many of those visits have been cut this year because of tight budgets. Free software developed at the University of Southern California promises to make videoconferencing clear enough to hold such classes remotely over high-speed Internet connections. The software is called EchoDamp, and it was developed by Brian K. Shepard, an assistant professor of composition at Southern California's Thornton School of Music.


Removing roadblocks to lecture capture


Links for Tech It Up 2009 -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim by Janine Lim

Greetings to my Tech It Up International 2009 audience in British Columbia! Here are some resources we’re using in my sessions today.

Designing Quality Interactive Classroom Projects for Videoconferencing

Resources for Collaborations

Berrien RESA Collaborations

Collaborations Around the Planet

Read Around the Planet

Enriching Your Curriculum with Interactive Videoconferencing

Content Providers

TWICE Information

Berrien RESA Resources

More Information



FETC Fall Virtual Conference & Expo -- Oct 22, 2009 -- 10:00 am - 6:00 pm ET



Top Ten Webinar Tips -- from Kineo

1. Don’t scrimp on the technology. If the software you use isn’t up to it you might as well throw in the towel as you can’t afford any broken connections or desperately long waits while the next slide loads. WebEx and Adobe Connect are pretty trustworthy. DimDim is for those with limited budgets. Be careful of using Voice over IP when your bandwidth is limited – best to do a phone conference and then have screen sharing virtually.

2. Prepare everything beforehand. Load all the exercises/presentations into the ‘room’ beforehand and put them in the right order – you will have more than enough on your hands so don’t sort things out on the fly.

3. Think like a talk show host. When presenting think of yourself like a radio talkshow host – you need to keep the energy levels up and bring the best of your ‘guests’.

4. Make notes of what people say. So, you can refer back to it at the end – to thank everyone for contributing and make them feel more special.

5. Build in polls and regular interactions. You will get many introverted souls who find it even harder to interact with the group than in traditional classrooms. Taking regular polls keeps them involved on an ongoing basis. Encourage them to make comments even if they are not talking.

6. Always try to have two facilitators. One of you should act as the MC and the other concentrates on chat conversations and handling the technical side of things

7. Rehearse and prepare for the worst. So, if you are using VoIP, make sure you have a phone conference fallback. Makes sure everyone has a copy of the presentation so if all fails you can just have a phone conference. Above all rehearse and practice using the technology, so you know what to do when it does occasionally go wrong.

8. Record it all. You will always get people who miss your webinar and some who get called away through no fault of their own. So, make sure you record it (either using the built in tools with the conferencing software or your own PC microphone and a recorder like Audacity). If you have a tool like WebEx, this recording will synch with whatever was shown on the screen – an excellent low cost training resource for those who can’t attend your sessions

9. Build in follow up activities. Post the slides and recordings and encourage further dialogue in the form of comments and follow up exercises prior to the next webinar. Make webinars a central part of blended programmes – then you will get higher turnouts.

10. Try to enjoy it all and don’t worry. Participants are often very patient when things go wrong as long as you show a sense of humour. Just be yourself and relax and enjoy the whole experience. This will make everyone else at ease and will make it something they will want to repeat again in the future.





Videoconferencing -- from Digitally Speaking
Videoconferencing---connecting students to content area experts and classrooms from different continents through the use of synchronous discussion tools like Skype ( becoming an increasingly common feature in the 21st Century classroom.  To make the most of videoconferences, teachers must introduce students to a set of skills that are not always necessary in traditional classrooms.  The tools and resources on this page can help teachers to structure meaningful learning experiences with videoconferences.

Union County Public Schools Combines Technology and Arts -- from Elluminate
Dr. Tom Moncrief, High School Curriculum Coordinator for the Performing Arts at Union County Public Schools, has discovered that Elluminate vRoom is a great way to combine technology and arts. He connects students online with artists and musicians—like the entire cast of the musical Rent. The virtual room also enabled 9th and 10th graders at a charter school's Medical Science Academy to view a laparoscopic surgery and ask the surgeon questions. And teachers at different schools are using vRoom to conduct end-of-class test review for students in multiple classes. "I believe that vRoom is not only a perfect way for classrooms to communicate with each other and outside experts but it also enables teachers to collaborate together," says Dr. Moncrief. Without vRoom, the travel time and logistical aspects of each intellectual exchange would have been impossible."


Wimba Solutions Expand Capacity, Improve the Student Experience, and Increase Revenue for Almost 200 Community Colleges -- from B2E and Wimba Inc.

Increasing Capacity and Revenue - Brick and Mortar Not Required
Since the fall of 2008, both individual community colleges and state systems have experienced substantial increases in enrollment.  At the same time, budgets have been significantly reduced so that neither physical space nor faculty headcount can grow accordingly. Wimba’s collaborative technologies – which include audio, video, podcasting, application sharing and instant messaging – ensure online learning is as lively and interactive as face-to-face instruction.  A community college’s investment in Wimba means they can serve more students and realize the fiscal benefits of higher enrollment without the much more costly investment and time requirements of building a larger physical campus.

Cisco positioned for bigger education role -- from by Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor
Purchase of prominent videoconferencing company Tandberg could produce 'high-end' equipment that will appeal to schools, colleges


Effectively teaching Math, Sciences, and Engineering Online -- from
In this presentation you'll hear first-hand accounts about how several different schools have successfully taught these subjects in a distance environment.

Wimba -- 2009 Codie Award Winner


vivu corporate training


Wow! What a great idea!The Wimba Classroom tools allow you to do the same thing -- check this out!

Innovative Substitute Lesson Plan
-- from The Innovative Educator by Dana Lawit
When teachers are absent it can send students, classrooms, and sometimes even schools into a tailspin. Any change in routine can cause disruption. One innovative educator at my school, Darlene, has come up with a substitute lesson plan that uses technology to engage students and support the substitute teacher in an effort to avoid disruption. Using a video (see below), the teacher explain the learning objectives of the lesson, provides a model, and even then provides step by step instruction for the student's independent work.

Go Global: Resources That Can Help -- from The Journal

  • Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning:
    A network for educators that provides professional development, policymaking, and other materials.

  • CARE's Virtual Field Trips:
    An online avenue for students to take multiday tours of multiple countries.

  • ePals:
    Multilingual e-mail, blogging, and projects to connect classes around the world.

  • Global Stock Market Simulation Challenge: "
    Students can hone skills as trading managers for global investments.

  • iEARN:
    A multilingual site for schools and youth organizations interested in participating in collaborative projects.

  • TakingITGlobal:
    An online community that addresses international issues for students from ages 13 to 30.


Videoconferencing glossary


Visual Angle in Videoconferencing: The Issue of Trust -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim by Janine Lim
This post is part of a series examining articles on the communication aspects of videoconferencing.
Article Reference Bekkering, T. J. E. (2004). Visual angle in videoconferencing: The issue of trust. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (AAT 3120803)

Business Travel Declines With Telepresence Conference Calls -- from Singularity Hub by Aaron Saenz

Business travel declining


Note sources of new learning for corporate employee

Note the various sources for acquiring knowledge that a corporate employee has at their fingertips.

-- from Marc Rosenberg's March 2009 presentation:
"What Every Manager Should Know about e-Learning 2.0"


From DSC:
These students are amongst the folks that we need to get prepared for! :)

Global Explorers

Children are natural explorers. They love to learn about the world around them! Due to the advances in technology, the world is no longer a vast place. We are now able to connect and collaborate with anyone anywhere around the globe. One way to accomplish this is through video conferencing.

Interactive video conferencing enables students to explore and learn about the world they live in. It engages students in the learning process and allows them to experience new learning opportunities that might otherwise be impossible. Students speaking to and learning from other students across the globe brings an authenticity to their education and adds a real world relevance to what they are learning in the classroom.

Although video conferencing is not new to schools, many schools prefer to use video conferencing as an educational tool for older students; overlooking the powerful potential of this tool's use in the primary (K-3) classroom. This wiki is dedicated to the use of interactive video conferencing across the curriculum in the primary classroom.


Upcoming Online Classes -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim by Janine Lim
Are you new to videoconferencing (Skype or H323?) Want to improve your support of videoconferencing in your school? Take one of our popular online classes. Videoconference assignments are included in both classes.


Jossey-Bass Online Teaching and Learning Conference

SJSU Brings Online Students Face-to-Face
-- from by Bridget McCrea
San Jose State University embraced online learning back in 1998 when many colleges were still skeptical about the budding educational channel's value. Over the last 11 years the institution has experimented with technology tools to enhance its Web-based course offerings. One of San Jose State's most recent additions to that lineup is a videoconferencing system that allows faculty and students to interact in a "face to face" format online.

"We wanted a tool that would help students feel less isolated when taking Web-based classes," explained Debbie Faires, assistant director for distance learning for the School of Library and Information Science. After reviewing the various products available on the market, the institution selected Live and Next, both of which are developed by Elluminate of Pleasanton, CA.

From DSC:
This represents a nice way to blend the online and face-to-face worlds.



What Causes Webinar Attendees to Bail? -- from Citrix
Webinars are a mainstay of many marketing programs. The dynamic platform can explain your offerings, establish thought leadership and grow house lists. Companies that see visitors return to their webinars, despite increased competition, do a good job of addressing the needs of their attendees. The chart below shows the top webinar turnoffs for marketers. Lack of honesty about content heads the list, followed closely by less-than-dynamic presenters who need better communication skills.

What causes webinar attendees to bail?


IDEAL Conference
"Meet, collaborate, conduct seminars, conduct webinars, and teach courses over the Web, in a real-time, fully-accessible environment. IDEAL Conference integrates data and voice within standard web browsers. This enables people to conduct meetings over the Internet from just about any computer with a network connection and a web browser. Empower your students (e-learning) and workforce (virtual) with online conferencing and collaboration services. Deliver dynamic and interactive presentations to your partners, vendors, and customers. It's easy to conduct an accessible online meeting—and it’s just as easy to invite participants and demonstrate products."

Continued growth in web conferencing -- from
MegaMeeting, a web conferencing company, reports continual 100 percent growth every quarter since its establishment in June 2008. MegaMeeting identifies the five main reasons for the recent uptake of web conferencing as:

  1. Significant savings of costs and time spent on travel to and from meetings (up to 60 percent)
  2. Increasing efficiency at the same time as reducing overheads
  3. Affordability and free support from a human being in the UK – as needed (not 48 hours later)
  4. Reducing stress on overstretched IT resources and existing network infrastructure
  5. No longer being reliant on users downloading and installing software


Going Green Means Conferencing, Not Flying -- from the
In tough climates – of both economical and ecological varieties – “green” is the hottest buzzword for enterprises that strive to spend wisely and reduce their carbon footprint.

Academic Institutions Leverage Wimba in Swine Flu Preparation Plans -- from Wimba
Wimba Collaboration Suite™ Enables Real-Time, Live Access to Keep Campus Communities Connected
NEW YORK – September 9, 2009 – Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that helps people teach people, announced today that colleges, universities and schools across the country are planning to leverage Wimba’s collaborative software to prepare for a potential resurgence of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus (Swine Flu). With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting an increase in cases coinciding with the return of students to campus, education leaders nationwide are putting comprehensive plans in place to not only protect their learning communities from the possibility of an outbreak, but also to ensure continuity of teaching and service.


7 Things You Should Know About Telepresence -- from Educause

Example image: telepresence from Cisco

Example of telepresence: Cisco

Telepresence from Tandberg


9/8/09 -- Related item:

Preparing your students for the new era of journalism


EBay to unload big stake in Skype -- from
Most of Internet phone unit is sold for $2.75 billion to a group of private investors, including Netscape founder's new venture capital firm. EBay will sell off most of its online phone service after just a three-year marriage.


FREE Virtual Conference & Expo from

FREE Virtual Conference & Expo from -- my thanks to Nancy Zylstra, Calvin IT, for this resource
DECEMBER 3, 2009 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
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The Synchronous Campus -- page 12 of 44

3 Ways Online Learning Benefits Organizations
-- from by Lynda Goldman
"The virtual classroom can bring e-learners together. More companies are asking for this type of e-learning, and have the infrastructure to support it," says David Werboff, Group Director, eLearning Solutions, Informa Training Partners, a company that trains sales professionals in pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices.

Live online learning creates a group learning experience that is designed around the needs of the learner, offering these 3 benefits:

  1. E-learning is moving away from self-paced learning modules and has become much more collaborative. Participants can interact with experts and peers in ad hoc discussions or in structured small group activities, teach-backs and role plays.
  2. E-learning can increase retention and application. Short, targeted learning experiences offer participants an opportunity to apply the concepts, principles and procedures before the next class. Participants who travel to a training session don't always have time to practice and apply concepts between classes.
  3. Live online learning provides a diverse setting. Participants from many geographical locations can bring different ideas and backgrounds to the learning activities.

David Werboff, Group Director, eLearning Solutions, Informa Training Partners offers these e-learning best practices:

  • Visualize how learners will experience the learning environment and anticipate and answer their unspoken questions.
  • Don't waste learners' brain power on how to access online learning. Use programs that are clear and easy to use.
  • Balance audio, text, visual media and interactivity to meet different users' needs.
  • Cater to the younger, sophisticated workforce with top-quality graphics. Clip art just doesn't cut it anymore.

Lynda Goldman is the author of 31 business and communication books. She writes corporate communications that tell your story: white papers, case studies and articles, and ghostwrites books.

Other items:
How to Present Well Remotely | Seth Godin's 4 Tips for Making Graphs That Work 


Webinar Hero


Training-related items re: Wimba Classroom -- my thanks to Krista Spahr, Calvin College Teaching & Learning, for these resources

  • Wimba Classroom 6.0 -- by Matt Wasowski
    This clip demonstrates the value of being able to easily create and distribute mp4 recordings of Wimba Classroom classes and meetings.

Wimba 6.0 -- now saves to the MP4 format for mobile education!

Upcoming Live Demos from Wimba

New Ways to Collaborate with Wimba 6.0
Learn how the new Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 fosters portable archives, CMS gradebook efficiency, and a more collaborative Wimba Pronto whiteboard for informal collaboration.
August 27, 2009 2:00 pm EDT

New Ways to Collaborate with Wimba 6.0
Learn how the new Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 fosters portable archives, CMS gradebook efficiency, and a more collaborative Wimba Pronto whiteboard for informal collaboration.
September 21, 2009 4:00 pm EDT

Lecture Capture with Wimba
In addition to using Wimba Classroom and the podcasting feature of Wimba Voice for online instruction, did you know they can also be used for capturing face-to-face lectures? Learn tips and tricks of lecture capture with Wimba.
September 29, 2009 2:00 pm EDT

Book Review: The Virtual Presenters Handbook -- from The Webinar Blog
Roger Courville has published a small book covering tips for speakers on webinars, webcasts, and other web events. The book is titled “The Virtual Presenter’s Handbook” and can be ordered online. The US price is $24.95 (the site also gives equivalent pricing in British Pounds and Euros).


ELI Web Seminar - September 14 Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture 09/14/2009
ELI 2009 Online Fall Focus Session Project Parlors: A Lightning Round of Innovative Projects in Online Collaboration 09/23/2009
ELI 2009 Online Fall Focus Session VoiceThread: Collaborative, Community-Oriented Learning Spaces 09/23/2009

Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Students Bridge Cultures with Videoconferencing from Carnegie Hall -- from The Journal by Denise Harrison

3D Hologram: Best Video Conference Ever -- from Singularity Hub

Skype from a Teacher’s Point of View -- from Janine Lim

Web meetings, webinars and virtual classrooms compared -- from onlignment
Unless I’ve missed something important, there seem to be three distinct uses for real-time online commmunications. The following table represents a first attempt at clarifying the discriminating characteristics of these three:

  Web meetings Webinars Virtual classrooms
Primary purpose To solve problems and make decisions To share ideas and experiences To facilitate learning
Secondary purposes To provide updates To promote the speaker or organiser None
Face-to-face equivalent A short business meeting A session at a seminar or conference A classroom session
Who’s in charge? The chair of the meeting The host and/or presenter The teacher / trainer
Typical activities Presentation of situation updates and proposals; discussion of proposals; decision-making; action planning Presentation of ideas and experiences; demonstrations; polling of audience opinion; Q&A; discussion; participant-to-participant text chat (back channel) Ice breakers; presentation of formal content; software demos (for IT training); group exercises and activities; discussion; formative and summative assessment
Visual focus Participant webcams; shared documents; slides Slides; presenter webcam; text chat; polls; website tours Slides; electronic whiteboard; questions/polls; shared applications; website tours; text chat
Auditory focus Participants’ vocal contributions Host / presenters’ voices; possibly also participants’ vocal contributions Teacher/trainer’s voice and participants’ vocal contributions
Most frequently used interactive devices Voice; text chat Voice; text chat; polls Voice; text chat; electronic whiteboard; questions/polls; application sharing; break-out rooms
Tangible outputs Agreed actions / minutes Recordings; participant feedback Recordings; participant feedback; assessment scores


Video Conferencing -- from
Video conferencing is a tool that is now being used frequently in the workplace. Helping to connect people quickly and easily, video conferencing offers employers and employees the opportunity to communicate more efficiently and directly, saving time and money. By learning to use and operate a video conferencing system, you can really improve the way you work and what you achieve. So if you want to increase your job skills or those of your employees, you may be interested in learning a little about video conferencing.

What is Video Conferencing?
Video conferencing is a simple but effective way to connect people who are in different physical locations. It is very similar to a phone call, only it allows you to see, hear, and exchange data with a person (or persons) all at one time. Through the use of video, audio, and computer technology, video conferencing allows two or more people to see and talk to one another without having to meet in the same physical space. Video conferencing works particularly well in connecting small and large groups of people located all over the world.

Types of Video Conferencing
There are two main types of video conferencing...


Proton Media Launches
-- from The Webinar Blog by Ken
New listing service for live and on-demand webinars: This joins similar online directories such as EventSpan and Finervista, as well as vendor-specific archives of recorded presentations such as Insight24 and the Brainshark Content Network. But as far as I know, this is the first listing portal to be developed outside the United States.


Wimba Connect 2010

Mark your calendar! The Wimba Connect 2010 User Conference will be March 20-24, 2010 at the fun-filled Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, FL!

Starting Your [Videoconferencing] Program
-- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim by Janine Lim

Frost & Sullivan: Online Collaboration - the New Renewable Resource in Business -- from PR Newswire
LONDON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Online collaboration is proving to be an effective way for businesses to save time and money on travel, while maintaining high level of productivity. The arising trend indicates that companies who discovered the advantages of online collaboration are unlikely to return to old ways of conducting business when the economic conditions improve. In addition, collaborating on the web improves the 'green' image of companies, as more firms are looking into ways to reduce the usage of limited resources, and are striving to become environmentally conscious. Frost & Sullivan will host a live briefing on Thursday, 20 August 2009, to provide industry participants with an overview of the European Online Collaboration Market.

Virtual meetings in your pocket? -- from onlignment
We all know that setting up the environment for virtual meetings or training sessions involves a commitment in terms of hardware, software or both. Or does it? Genius Room hope to persuade us otherwise, with the launch of their new PocketMeeting service.



Thanks to all of those folks who came to my presentation today:

Daniel Christian's presentation for the Title II Grant Professional Development Conference

>>>Here are your thoughts, comments, feedback, questions --
and my take on potential "answers" to them. <<<

Feel free to email me with any follow-up comments and be sure to
check out the K-12 page for more information.

Related item:
Thinking About Skype -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim by Janine Lim

Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom -- from iLearn Technology


If we were to "seed" the top 3 methods...

Our goal is to blend the face-to-face world w/ the online world

The power of a network

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Mobile Learning: Trends, Opportunities and Pitfalls -- from training industry inc.
In a span of only 20 years, wireless services have reached almost 50 percent of the world’s population. There are now more than 3 billion mobile subscribers globally, a number expected to grow to 4.5 billion by 2012.

In the workforce development industry, those numbers mean new opportunities to reach learners at the point of need. In fact, Ambient Insight has reported the demand for mobile learning services is growing at 36.2 percent.

Join us for this interactive Training Industry, Inc. webinar, sponsored by General Physics Corporation, as we provide practical information and advice on mobile learning. Noted author and consultant Jeanne Meister will join Don Duquette, GP’s corporate learning and development expert, to offer solutions to help you navigate the opportunities and pitfalls. Jeanne and Don will interact with you as they address:

  • Trends on the best practices, opportunities and barriers to adoption of mobile learning, from a survey of 125 heads of Human Resources.
  • Why mobile learning is key for the growing Millennial workforce entering your organizations.
  • Issues designers are dealing with in terms of diversity of hardware and software.
  • What you need to do now to take advantage of this growing trend of delivering learning and performance support on mobile devices.
  • Instructional design issues including optimal screen size, bandwidth and security.
To watch the recorded webinar, please click View Recorded Webinar now.
PC Users: You may first need to install the GoToMeeting codec.


Internet Explorer 8 and Wimba Classroom -- by Jeremy Bond from Central Michigan University, my thanks to Krista Spahr in Calvin's T&L Group for this resource
According to Wimba Support, Internet Explorer version 8.0 is NOT currently supported/compatible for use with the Wimba Classroom.  Courses utilizing Wimba Classrooms for synchronous interaction should do so using Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox browsers. 


Building Your Personal Learning Network with Web 2.0 Tools -- from Dr. Leigh Zeitz
These resources are designed to support my workshop that I will be giving on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at the Nurse Aide Instructor Update Conference at the Marshalltown Community College.



Teaching Once, Engaging Many with Distance Learning at BVIU -- from The Journal by Denise Harrison
Few counties can afford to hire full-time teachers at every school for every subject, and it is especially challenging in a region dependent on the declining steel industry. That is what Beaver County in Pennsylvania faced when trying to deliver consistent education across the 15 school districts serving 24,000 students. The Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit (BVIU) is the regional service agency charged with that challenge. Thus was born the Regional Choice Initiative.


Related items:
Continuum of Videoconferencing -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim

  • Desktop VC: Skype, iChat, etc.
  • Desktop VC: Open Source H.323
  • Desktop VC: H.323
  • Small Room Systems: Fixed Camera H.323
  • Classroom Systems: H.323 SD
  • Classroom Systems: H.323 HD
  • Carts vs. Rooms
  • Telepresence
  • Videoconference Network Infrastructure

ETLO Webinar Series


Related item:
From a letter from NITLE's new Executive Director, Dr. W. Joseph King:

Over the past two months, I have been visiting with leaders of small, liberal arts colleges and listening to the challenges that they face. NITLE’s 138 participating institutions want to use the latest technologies to engage their students and faculty; however, they face significant financial and human resource challenges in doing so. They know that technology has become an essential part of their educational experience inside and outside the classroom, but they struggle with what that portends.

"Scholarly communication is no longer an arduous process of typesetting but can be a fully automated system like Connexions, which I had the privilege of leading at Rice University. The Connexions platform supports everything from open (free) textbooks to university presses."


Related item from Learning Trends by Elliott Masie:

"Platforms for Collaboration" - Innovation Article.

Here is an article that focuses on three types of Collaboration Platforms: Exploration, Experimentation and Execution. As organizations leverage collaboration, how do their objectives shape the format and style of the process. Written by By Satish Nambisan, from RPI, for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, it will worth a read.

3 types of collaboration


Related item (and quote below) is from the "Click of the Month" from The Futurist:

Lest you still think social networking on the Web is a waste of your time, here is an opportunity to deploy the real world-changing tools of the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. Among the projects established by World Mind Network members are a forum for improving science education co-moderated by Nobel laureate Peter Doherty (1996, Physiology or Medicine) and an interactive blog on the world economic crisis co-hosted by another Nobelist, Edmund Phelps (2006, Economics).

Music and literature also offer ripe opportunities for social networking on the site, including poetry challenges to fit the 140- character limitations of Twitter (though I confess I thought I'd never see a tweet as lovely as a tree.)

World Mind Network

"We're not against those things. We do them sometimes. But we have also discovered that the capacity of these tools to build community, to do research, to enlighten, educate, and inform, and to effect humanitarian aid is almost unexplored."


The Art Of The Survey -- from The Webinar Blog
I am a great proponent of using a survey or feedback form at the end of your public webinars. It not only gives you valuable feedback you can use in your analysis and refinement process, but it continues a dialog with your participants, demonstrating that the end of the session is not the end of your interest in communicating with them.

The Future Of Conferences And Events: Critical Viewpoints From Gerd Leonhard, George Siemens, and Nancy White -- from Robin Good's Latest News by Robin Good

Videoconferencing Engages Students in Mobile County Public Schools -- from The Journal by Denise Harrison
As with many school districts, the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) in Alabama had challenges delivering consistent education to many and varied schools across a large area. Mobile is one of the largest in the country, however, with more than 100 schools across 1,644 square miles, which made it difficult to find an efficient solution.

Free Webinars -- from Tony Karrer and company

Upcoming eLearning Events (FREE)

Some examples:


Worldwide Online Collaboration Services to Grow to $7.1B -- from
CSP Market Continues Near-Term Growth While Long-Term, New Services Disrupt Traditional Models

Worldwide CPS Market


Wimba Classroom 6.0

Announcing the Wimba Hall of Fame for Excellence in Collaboration -- from Wimba
Although there are already many accolades and awards among the Wimba community, we are excited to unveil the Wimba Hall of Fame for Excellence in Collaboration, designed to honor and celebrate the most distinguished educators among Wimba’s global community. Nominations can be self- or peer- submitted online from July 14, 2009 until January 15, 2010. The inaugural Class of 2010 will be inducted during a live awards ceremony at Wimba Connect 2010 in late March. What sort of award-winning collaboration might get YOU inducted into the 2010 Wimba Hall of Fame? Nominations are being accepted NOW!


Videoconferencing cuts CSC’s costs like a hot knife through butter… -- from
SWITCHING to new technology has helped IT services firm CSC Australia halve its travel bill and contribute to a double-digit profit increase at a time when the economy is heading south. CSC saved about $40,000 recently on a customer meeting in South Australia by turning to videoconferencing instead of air travel.

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Addressing problems of faculty resistance -- from elearnspace by George Siemens
James Morrison tackles the topic encouraging faculty to expand their range of instructional strategies and increase utilization of technology in the process. A great discussion follows the original post. Obviously, you don’t need technology to be a provide a great learning experience. Creative, engaging, and participatory learning is an educational mindset, not something that requires blogs, wikis, Second Life, and podcasts. What technology does, however, is expand the range of options for interaction. Classroom walls give way to global connections. Single educator models are replaced with distributed networks. A bit utopian? Perhaps. But, once control shifts to a network of learners, the prospect arises for the creativity that exists in open source software and with application developers (i.e. iPhone, Facebook) can be applied to education.

LearningWare Looks to Create the Ultimate Webinar Experience With Engaging Software Solution -- from
Today’s marketplace calls for new AllPlay Web product to make Webinars more interactive and produce measurable results.

AllPlay Web

Videoconferencing is like… -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim

TopTeachers -- from Videoconferencing Out on a Lim
In May 2008, I surveyed twenty K-12 teachers in my area who had done 6 to 12 videoconferences with their students in the 2007-2008 school year. They were my top teachers using videoconferencing. The following posts report on the results of this little research study.

  1. How did you come to know about videoconferencing? (scroll down, it’s towards the bottom)
  2. Describe a key experience that sustains your use of videoconferencing.
  3. 5 Positive Things About Using VC in the Classroom
  4. 5 Negative Things About Using VC in the Classroom
  5. Videoconferencing is like….
  6. Videoconferencing Adjectives
  7. How do you select and prepare for a videoconference?
  8. What are the supports that are critical for you to keep on using videoconferencing?
  9. More teacher comments.

More Great Tips (And An Invite) For Running Interactive Webinars -- from Facilitate Proceedings by Julie Young

We learn by doing, not by listening.
Think like a facilitator – rather than a speaker or presenter.
Webinars do not have to be high tech.
Use a structured process to signal where the conversation is going.
Know your content with your eyes closed.
Develop your virtual platform skills – how to engage participants you can’t see.
...and several more.


The Top 7 Strategies to Guarantee Your Webinar’s Success -- from iLinc

The Three Ps of Webinar Production -- from by Richard Morris

inteliCall Launches Web Conferencing and Online Meetings for the Apple iPhone -- from
Conferencing Users Can Enjoy the Consumer-Friendliness of the iPhone While Keeping High End Mobile Business Communications Fully Available.

Dallas, TX, July 13, 2009 -- InteliCall Conferencing, a fast growing SaaS conferencing specialist, has launched it's web conferencing and online meeting application for the Apple iPhone. inteliCall now combines conferencing, online presentations, application sharing and chat messaging with Audo conferencing directly on the iPhone. With its easy interface, inteliCall is the only compatible conferencing provider to run directly on the iPhone, due to its standards-based AJAX platform.


Top 10 Web Conferencing Products for the Corporate World -- from Business Sofware

Web Conferencing Items -- from

28 Web Conference Training Tips -- from eLearning Weekly by B. J. Schone


Top ten webinar best practices -- from onlignment
Osterman Research has recently released the results of their research, sponsored by Citrix Online, into best practices for webinars. They make ten recommendations:

  1. Use guest speakers
  2. Hold rehearsals
  3. Promote well in advance
  4. Find out about your audience and adapt to their needs
  5. Send invitations 1 to 2 weeks in advance
  6. Limit to one hour
  7. Leave time for Q&A
  8. Use polls
  9. Conduct product demonstrations (presumably where relevant)
  10. Conduct post-event surveys

You can download the report from Citrix here.


Ericsson's view of Life in 2020

Skype an author into your classroom or library

STEM: Videoconferencing Connects Students with NASA
-- from The Journal by Bridget McCrea

Five Ways to Run a Deadly Online Seminar -- from Alan Levine, NMC; points out 5 deadly sins...but here is a positive quote:

For our online events, I try to be the first one in the room. As people arrive, I greet them in text or voice, if I know them I can see something in reference to what I know, if not I can extend a welcome message. Also (and I stole this idea from EDUCAUSE) because often people cannot tell if their audio works, I play a track of audio as background music- I play from a 30 minute collection of music from open content sources.


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This CTO lets video-over-IP ease crowding (p. 6 of 33) -- from by Dennis Carter
As enrollments skyrocket, a tech-savvy community college deploys distance learning
Robert H. Messner, Jr. has watched faculty line up to use video-over-IP distance learning software at Delaware Technical & Community College (DTCC), and as the school’s chief technology officer, he sees this technology as a solution to the exploding enrollment in two-year colleges.


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Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On -- by Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle
"Chief among our insights was that "the network as platform" means far more than just offering old applications via the network ("software as a service"); it means building applications that literally get better the more people use them, harnessing network effects not only to acquire users, but also to learn from them and build on their contributions."

"From Google and Amazon to Wikipedia, eBay, and craigslist, we saw that the value was facilitated by the software, but was co-created by and for the community of connected users. Since then, powerful new platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have demonstrated that same insight in new ways. Web 2.0 is all about harnessing collective intelligence.

Related item:
Tools of The Trade: Technologies of the Professional Networked Learning Collaborative -- from Education Innovation by Robert Jacobs


Webinars Are the Virtual Media Format of Today -- from

“Webinars are successful because the cost is low, they are easy to execute and they allow users to communicate,” says Ian McGonnigal, executive director, experience marketing, GPJ.


Webinar Consulting Services


AACE University Social Media Seminar Series: Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, CST
Cost: No Fee
Faculty: George Siemens - Associate Director, Learning Technologies Centre, Univ. of Manitoba
David Cormier - Web Projects Lead, Univ. of Prince Edward Island, Canada


Online Course at the Wharton School Reaches More Than 50,000 Students and Alumni via Mediasite -- from
Online course on Economic and Financial Crisis delivered to desktops around the world.


Related item
Business Impact of Social and Informal Learning -- from Informal Learning Blog by Jay Cross

Ensure that the video conference experience goes smoothly: -- from
I will soon be leading a video conference. What can I do to ensure that the experience goes smoothly?


View customer presentations from Wimba Connect 2009View Customer Presentations from Wimba Connect 2009
From going green with Wimba to teaching piano live online, countless presentations were given at Wimba Connect 2009 – and now you can view them too. This repository contains many of the presentations given at Wimba’s second annual user conference.

Lecture Capture Is Getting Campuses Talking -- from, by Dian Schaffhauser



The PLC becomes the Professional Networked Learning Collaborative

The PLC becomes the Professional Networked Learning Collaborative.

Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - Couros
-- from Dr. Z.

"He is doing what I am trying to do in my classes. He is using the web as a all around source for information and research as well as a place for his students to publish and submit their work. I was struck when he said that his students published on the web and instead of them submitting papers or putting their links on a wiki (which is what I tend to do), he has them use a social bookmarking site like to tag their work so that he can retrieve it."

ISTE Storytelling


The Doctor Will See You Now — Online -- from
Reported in Top Tech News:  It may sound farfetched, but virtual medicine is already happening on a trial basis in Boston, and more broadly elsewhere in the country, with Hawaii leading the way. Also in development: widespread use of Web cameras, instant messaging, and other technology to help ease healthcare costs, and relieve the burden scheduling represents.

Media Seminar Online Triples Audience -- from by Staff, Canadian Lutheran
An online media seminar at Concordia Lutheran Seminary included viewers from across Canada and the U.S. More online sessions are planned. What began as a regularly scheduled classroom session this spring turned into an international online event at Concordia Lutheran Seminary.


Webcams -- from




Join PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET for "Summertime and Your Personal Learning Network," with technology integration specialists Bob Sprankle, Alice Barr and Cheryl Oakes.

In this webinar, our guests will discuss the value of online collaboration and provide guidance for those interested in joining or creating a professional development community during the summer months. They will share their own experiences of expanding their knowledge and improving their practice through online conferences, social networks, and other collaborative technologies. In addition, they will demonstrate tools and best practices to promote technology integration in K-12 classrooms.
To Join This Webinar, Click the Link: Online at Elluminate Live!
Please note: If you are having problems with the above link, please cut and paste the link below into your browser bar.


Making Your Webinars More Effective -- by Ken Molay, President of Webinar Success.

Ken Moley -- Best Practices for Webinars

Related item:
Future of conferences, workshops and seminars - keynote for 4,500 people (MPI) -- from Patrick Dixon

So what does a third millennial corporate conferencing industry look like, in a world increasingly driven by time-pressures, online communities and networks, where attentions span is measured in seconds and multi-tasking in meetings is normal?

Related item:
Social Networking Technologies for Teaching and Learning Transformation -- from George Siemens

The primacy of connection


Simulations in Higher Education

Date: June 11 Time: 10:00 am EDT Place: Online - Sign-up Here

If you can't make the time, sign-up to get an email with a link to the recording.

Presenter: Dr Liz Falconer, Manager, E-learning Development Unit & Manuel Frutos-Perez, Deputy Manager, E-learning Development Unit, University of the West of England

This session will demonstrate examples of simulations that use a mixture of web technologies, social networking and virtual worlds. In particular we will discuss in detail a simulation that enables groups of law students to work as partners in simulated law practices in a virtual town that supports a range of casework.

We will also showcase an accident investigation simulation built in the virtual world Second Life where groups of students can experience an accident scenario, investigate it, design safe systems of work to deal with the case and work collaboratively on accident analysis and prevention.

Also see:

Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

Date: June 2 Time: 2:00 pm EDT Place: Online - Sign-up Here
If you can't make the time, sign-up to get an email with a link to the recording.

Presenter: Dennis O'Connor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Are you burning yourself out offering comments that are ignored? Are you a red-ink slave spoon-feeding your students doses of correctness?

The Editing Not Correcting Webinar will help you shift the burden of correcting conventions to where it belongs: on the student. Shift your thinking and help them learn to become editors and assessors of their own writing.


Central United States 'Brown Bag' Webinar:
Best Practices in Online Instruction

Date: May 27 Time: 1:00 pm EDT Place: Online - Sign-up Here
If you can't make the time, sign-up to get an email with a link to the recording.

In this second episode of the Central United States 'Brown Bag' webinars, we take a look at two unique online programs. First, Linda Holzer of UALR explains how she teaches piano instruction via Wimba Classroom. We then learn from Randall Smith has helped Rasmussen flourish by adding collaborative technologies to its online course programs.


2923434507_565c19e1cb_bThe New Professional Learning Community- The PNLC -- from Education Innovation blog
Professional Learning Communities are going to change. The change will come in response to technology and the need to adopt it as a part of how a PLC functions. Collaborative technology platforms are going to have a major impact on the current Professional Learning Community model. Converged Networking, the ability to carry data, voice, and video over a single network will change how, where, and with whom Professional Learning Communities collaborate with.



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Webconferencing and Open Education -- from TechTicker

Dont forget eye contact during online video conferences! -- from


Program allows virtual trips to campus -- from
Come September, sixth graders from across the state will be able to visit Purdue’s campus electronically. Carol McGrew is the project manager for Purdue’s zipTrips, a program that will allow grade school students to experience the field of science and Purdue’s campus without having to leave the classroom. “We’re looking to promote science education and get kids excited about science at a time when studies are showing students are not as engaged in science,” McGrew said. McGrew said many of the students are not able to travel to Purdue for the day and therefore the program is intended to bring the campus into the classroom.

Video Conferencing for Global Education: Tools for Teaching and Administration -- from NITLE
For faculty and staff responsible for teaching and supporting instruction in foreign languages, the social sciences, and/or cultural studies and those charged with the administration of study abroad, international studies, student exchange and visiting scholars programs. Featuring Todd Bryant, Language Technology Specialist at Dickinson College, and David Clapp, Director of the Office of International Students and Off-Campus Studies at Wabash College.

* Location: Delivered online
* Date: August 13, 2009, 4 - 5:15 p.m. Eastern
* Registration deadline: Friday, July 31, 2009
* Price: 1 program unit
* More Info:

Related items from George Siemens
"I finally got around to capturing a few thoughts on CCK08. I've posted an overview of the course (as well as an earlier rudimentary attempt from 2002) on my connectivism blog: Socialization as information objects. Now, to get ready for CCK09..."

"Videos of two presentations I recently delivered in Iowa and New York: Iowa State University's ComETS symposium: The impact of connectivism and networked learning and Empire State College's CDL conference: Social and Connected Learning."


Meanwhile, in the corporate world:

Learning Today Evolution of Corporate Learning

Enterprise Learning Framework 2009


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The Exploding Digital Universe -- by William M. Bulkeley, Staff Writer, The Wall Street Journal
“Like the physical universe, the digital universe is expanding. In fact, exploding,” says John Gantz, a researcher for IDC.

From DSC:
This is why those of us in higher education -- faculty, staff, and administration alike -- need to be on the web. Otherwise, our knowledgebases will not be up-to-date. The information we relay needs to be accurate and up-to-date.



Doctors, patients both find interaction via videoconferencing satisfactory -- from
Examining the feasibility and effectiveness of doctor-patient interaction through videoconferencing, a study has shown that such virtual doctor visits are similar to face-to-face visits on most measures.


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Live Teaching And Learning Marketplaces: The Emerging Online Social Learning Networks For Professional Independent Educators -- from Robin Good

Live learning marketplaces

Live teaching space

From video conferencing to document and presentation sharing there is no shortage of features enabling passionate and talented teachers to spread their talent and know-how to an audience of eager learners. These new online learning and teaching exchanges offer for the first time the example of a distributed and un-ininstutionalized educational venue that offers plenty of opportunity for learners while offering independent knowledge experts a qualified venue to share and commercialize their expertise without needing to be hired by a university. If you are wondering how can quality of teaching be guaranteed in such an environment, the answer lies in an effective mechanism, adopted by most of these teaching marketplaces, whereby students themselves are allowed to rate their own teachers. The other advantages that these online learning and teaching marketplaces offer, are many, both from a learners and teachers perspectives.

For learners:

  • It's cheaper than enrolling to a university course or going to a private teacher.
  • You are not limited inside pre-packaged learning paths, but you can rather follow your interests and cultivate your passions.
  • You can learn at your own pace, wherever you want, and finding the time which is most comfortable for you.
  • You don't have to get through an exam or test to prove that you are learning something. You are self-responsible for your education.

For teachers:

  • You can sell your own instructional material and share your knowledge with other passionate peers.
  • You can teach from the comfort of your place, earning money and limiting the costs of teaching to your Internet connection fee.
  • You get in touch with a far larger audience than the students you could physically meet.
  • You are not subjected to any institutional rule or approach in the way you teach, and you're greatly facilitated to use live interaction and multimedia content with your students.

If you want to explore in greater detail these new emergent online teaching and learning marketplaces, I have prepared for you a list of the most interesting live teaching platforms out there, complemented with a comparative table which compares each service main features:

  • Live classes: live audio / video conferencing integration
  • Social evaluation: connection and mutual evaluation between learners and teachers
  • Content distribution: redistribution and sharing of lessons outside the learning platform
  • Advertising: ads displayed on free version
  • Premium price / features: first price level to access extended features

From DSC:
We are in a game-changing environment -- don't miss that fact. It WILL affect US/YOU.


6 Tips for Remote Presenting

'Higher Education on the Move'
-- from

WASHINGTON -- An estimated 2.9 million students worldwide are pursuing their educations outside their home countries, a 57 percent increase since 1999. At a round table discussion at the Institute of International's Education's Washington offices Tuesday, coinciding with the release of the institute's new book, Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility, participants discussed the implications of that figure and other trends and trajectories not only in student mobility, but in scholar and institutional mobility, as well.


More and more college campuses are including the Wimba Collaboration Suite as part of their disaster recovery planning. Online collaborative learning solutions save time and money for administrative staff, professors, and students. Most importantly, everyone stays healthy.


The future of learning is social learning.



  • inPerson is a portable, wireless video conferencing device with breakthrough technology, design, price and ease-of-use that introduces an entirely new category: inPerson Conferencing.

  • inPerson Conferencing is a breakthrough video conferencing experience for one-on-one and small group meetings that enables high quality video and audio with the impact of actually being there from the road, a hotel, coffee shop or meeting room.

  • Designed to be lightweight, portable, and wireless with a built-in seven-inch screen, it is ideal for one-on-one and small group meetings, and it easily outputs to a flat panel, TV or projector for conference room meetings.

  • Also see:
    Portable unit makes video conferencing easy -- from, by Laura Devaney
    New sub-$700 video device could save schools money, improve communication, and support hearing-impaired students and staff

Skype now on iPhone

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The Digital Education Revolution in AU


IMS Global Learning Consortium

IMS Global Learning Consortium

For other consortiums, associations, societies, and examples of pooling resources, see this page.

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The Digital Dakota Network (DDN) & the Iowa Communications Network

The Digital Dakota Network


The ICN the country’s premier fiber-optic network, committed to continued enhancement of distance learning and providing Iowans with convenient, equal access to education and government. The Network makes it possible for Iowans, physically separated by location, to interact in an efficient, creative, and cost-effective manner. Through partnerships with education, medicine, the judicial system, government agencies, and the National Guard, the Network brings live, full-motion video to 744 classrooms around Iowa, located in schools, National Guard armories, libraries, hospitals, and federal and state government offices. ICN services include video over IP, voice and high-speed data.

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Institute for The Future explores future of video: People of the Screen -- from Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold
Institute for the Future recently held a conference on the future of video. I was one of the participants, along with one of my inspirations, Mike Wesch, and other very interesting people. They have edited the video and have invited the public to remix, add their own video comments at the People of the Screen website: Are we becoming people of the screen? Are YOU?


People of the Screen

Check out how they are using this site in their research...asdf




The Globalization of Higher Education

Web Conferencing In the Medical Field
-- from Web Conferencing Council

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Lots to learn -- from edustir by Ron Bronson

I’ve always prided myself on an extensive circle of people that I could talk to, bounce projects off of and get valuable advice from when I needed it. But this blog — and yes, Twitter — have really helped me cement a much larger network without really having to go anywhere else [emphasis DSC] or do anything different than I was doing before. Well, except now instead of just talking to the people who are close to me — or coworkers — I’m sharing information and learning from a much wider audience.


Related item:

Videoconferencing for K-12 ClassroomsVideoconferencing for K–12 Classrooms: A Program Development Guide, Second Edition -- from ISTE, by Camille Cole, Kecia Ray, and Jan Zanetis
196 pp. 8½ x 11
ISBN: 978-1-56484-256-5
Member price: $26.55
If you
• want to implement videoconferencing in your school or classroom, but are not sure where to start
• have a fledgling videoconferencing program that you would like to grow and enhance
• are simply interested in learning more about interactive videoconferencing (IVC)
then you will find ISTE’s second edition of Videoconferencing for K–12 Classrooms a must read.


LunchByte Recap: Wimba Classroom
If you were unable to attend the Wimba Classroom Lunchbyte on April 21st, you can still get an idea of what was covered by checking out this PowerPoint. If you have any questions concerning Wimba Classroom or would like to sign up for a future training session, please send me an email:

National Christian 7-12 totally online school

Learning With A Webcam
-- from Blogger in Middle-Earth

How To Have "Beautiful" PLC and Team Meetings: 12 Ways To Disagree -- from Education Innovation by Robert Jacobs

Related item from DSC:
Is this the wave of the future for conferences?

FETC Virtual Conference -- this week!

FETC's Virtual Conference -- The Campus View

FETC's Virtual Conference -- The Auditorium features several pre-recorded keynote presentations available on demand.

FETC's Virtual Conference -- the Media Center

Moodlerooms and Wimba: Creating cost effective online environments for collaborative teaching and learning! -- from

moodle roomsApril 28, 2009 2:00 pm EDT
Please log in to sign up for this event, or if you do not have a Wimba website account please complete this one-time registration.

Presenter: Michael Penney, Western Regional Director of Moodlerooms and Moodle Hat, and Matt Wasowski & Sharon LaDay, Wimba. Wimba and Moodlerooms have combined their innovative technologies, expertise, and services to provide your institution with an affordable collaboration solution that meets synchronous and asynchronous learning needs. Attend this webinar to learn how the Moodlerooms/Wimba solution:

  • Addresses diverse learning styles through adaptable and varied instruction methods.
  • Allows educators to focus less on technology and more on education.
  • Expands learning opportunities for students regardless of where they live, how they learn or what is available.


What is Web Conferencing? Web Conferencing Explained… (Web Conferencing 101) -- from

video conferencing system

Virtual Meeting

Online Conferencing Tips…
-- from; also see Online Conferencing Tips (cont'd)

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Wiley Faculty Network

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More companies meet virtually as conventions canceled -- from
Wise Gary Stoller from USAToday has some great input on how recessionary times have forced a wave of cancellations of conventions and business meetings around the country, costing local economies billions in lost visitor dollars since fall.

Manhattan's Schoolf of Music -- and Polycom

Polycom and Manhattan School of Music have teamed up to offer:

  • One on One Teaching
  • Master Classes
  • Coaching
  • Clinics
  • Professional Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Educational Outreach
  • Recruitment
  • Remote Auditioning


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Professional Learning Communities: 10 Conditions to Achieve "Group Flow" -- from Education Innovation by Robert Jacobs

Social Experience : eLearning Technology -- from Tony Karrer and Dave White
Interesting image from post by Dave White – Eventedness that relates to our social experience with different tools. It looks at how each technology relates to feeling of being present with others and whether that presence is felt beyond a specific limit of an event.



Related items from DSC:
If this is where the corporate world is going and/or goes...does this mean anything for us in higher education?


Travelers Asked To Justify Or Avoid Business Trips



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A Learning Theory for 21st-Century Students -- from Innovate Online by Marie Sontag
The affordances of today's digital technologies have significantly changed the way students learn. Arguing that current learning theories have failed to address this new reality, Marie Sontag proposes a new theory, social-connectedness and cognitive-connectedness schemata (SCCS) theory, that integrates key elements of other theories with gaming elements in a structure designed to facilitate engagement of students' social- and cognitive-connectedness schemata. The results of a pilot study using an instructional design model based on SCCS theory showed that students learning in an environment shaped according to these principles developed higher levels of expertise and greater learning transfer.


Introducing the Collaboration Curve -- from Harvard Business Publishing, by John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison


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Enabling rich collaboration -- Multimedia news (April 2009) from Becta
IBM has turned its Sametime collaboration software into a 3D 'unified communications' virtual world. Sametime 3D provides a series of 'prefabricated' virtual meeting spaces where users' avatars can interact. These personal representations can interact, converse, 'throw' ideas at a virtual wall, vote on proposals, make presentations and examine 3D objects placed 'in-world' by one of the users.

From DSC: After reading these next 3 links -- from -- contact me to attend the 4/15 Wimba Training :)

    1. Return-on-investment calculation for online meetings
    2. Reducing travel costs through web conferencing
    3. A carbon-neutral meeting culture

Get Started Already! -- from The Webinar Blog by Ken
I just attended a webinar hosted by a web conferencing technology vendor. The initial minutes of the web conference unfolded like this:

1. Hold music until a few minutes after the scheduled start time.
2. A telephone operator telling us our “teleconference call” will begin shortly.
3. A technical moderator giving us tips on how to use the web conferencing interface.
4. A content moderator introducing multiple speakers.
5. An initial set of five audience polling questions.
6. At 11 minutes after the hour, we saw our first content slide.

That is too late to start delivering the value your audience is there for. You need to demonstrate as quickly as possible that your webinar is going to be worth spending time with. Look for ways to cut out, streamline, or postpone non-content activities at the start of your event.


Best Practices for Delivering Virtual Classroom Training
Randah McKinnie, Sr. Product Manager, eLearning Solutions

Using Virtual Classroom Features for Education and Training
Anne Kwinn, Ph.D., VP Interactive Learning, CallSource


Have We Arrived? -- from, by Judith Boettcher
When it comes to remote collaboration in eLearning, it's all about where we are now vs. where we are going.

A Global Liberal Arts Alliance -- from
WASHINGTON – The Global Liberal Arts Alliance formally launched last week, in effect meshing a regional consortium of liberal arts institutions with a new transnational one.

Members of the alliance, to be administered by the Great Lakes Colleges Association, met in Washington to formalize what participants characterized as a mechanism for multi-way exchange and knowledge-sharing. While the liberal arts college is often thought of as a peculiarly American model, it's a model that's proliferating in countries worldwide, often in the shadow of the large public university systems that predominate.

More on consortiums and the pooling of resources here.

Social Learning Tools: Changing the Learning Process -- from
Thursday, April 23, 2:00pm EST
Ongoing technology developments and an increasingly tech-savvy workforce have led to major changes in the way professionals learn and collaborate. Today, employees, partners and customers are driving their own learning and taking advantage of a plethora of material they can both access and interact with.

Join us on April 23 for this Training Industry, Inc. webinar, sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand. Claire Schooley, a Forrester Research analyst specializing in learning strategies and technologies, will discuss the ways that social learning is growing beyond traditional approaches and how it will affect your organization. Claire will outline the drivers for the closer integration between technology and learning, including:

  • The need to get information/knowledge quickly;
  • The younger worker entering the workplace in record numbers;
  • The proliferation of social networking technology among professionals of all ages.
  • Tune in to this interactive webinar and we'll show you how to leverage the power of interacting with others through technology in order to create new and exciting platforms for learning.


Related posting:
Podcast: American Higher Education Is Going Global: Implications for CIOs, National Networks, and Federal Policymakers -- from Educause Connect, Networking and Emerging Technologies by gbayne
This 44 minute podcast features a keynote address by Jeffrey S. Lehman, Former President of Cornell University. His speech, "American Higher Education Is Going Global: Implications for CIOs, National Networks, and Federal Policymakers," was recorded at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Policy Conference in Arlington, Virgina.


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Blackboard launches IM service -- from, by Dennis Carter, Asst. Ed.
Vendor looks to enhance its platform as many colleges consider open-source options

Blackboard launched its newest feature as many colleges and universities are gravitating toward open-source course management options, a collaborative effort in the technology community that differs from the centralized, dependent model of campuses that use popular vendor systems. Blackboard teamed up with Wimba to develop the first IM system that is incorporated into every Blackboard platform.


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The world's your oyster: College students are being given the opportunity to live and work abroad -- from The Independent (UK) by Kate Hilpern


Related posting:
Learning and Knowing in Networks: Changing Roles for Educators and Designers -- presented to the ITForum for Discussion on January 27, 2008, by George Siemens


Wimba Collaboration Suite™ Empowers K-12 Teaching and Learning -- from The Heller Reports / B2E; Growing Number of K-12 Schools and Districts Increase Engagement, Improve Collaboration, and Supplement Professional Development with Wimba Solution
New York, NY (VIA PRWEB) March 24, 2009 -- Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that enables collaboration for teaching and learning, announced today a three-fold increase in the number of K-12 schools and districts that have selected the Wimba Collaboration Suite™ to increase engagement, improve collaboration, extend curriculum and supplement professional development. Strategic investment in collaborative technology is a growing trend throughout North America as well as other growing markets, like the United Kingdom.


Economic Downturn Limits Conference Travel -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jeffrey Young
The recession is having a big impact, with attendance down at many academic and professional meetings, and next year is expected to be even worse. Attendance is down at many academic and professional conferences in higher education this year, and next year’s numbers are expected to be far worse, as campus budgets take further beatings. With many colleges limiting travel to professors or administrators who are speaking at events they’re attending, will anyone be left in the audience?

Former WebCT CEO Becomes Acting CEO of Wimba -- from
Carol Vallone, who was CEO of WebCT before it was acquired by Blackboard, has become acting CEO of Wimba, a company that focuses on software that promotes group learning in higher education (and elementary and secondary education). Vallone, who has been on the Wimba board, said that no decision had been made on whether she might become CEO permanently. While Vallone declined to discuss specific goals for the company, she said she believed its services could be particularly helpful as colleges attract a more diverse range of students. And while Wimba has significant sales outside of the United States, in Australia and Britain, she said she believed there was "a lot of room around the globe" for international growth.


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Learn Central


Starting an Online Community -- from Harold Jarche


Personal Learning Networks: The Power of the Human Network


From DSC:
These are our students in but a few years from now.

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Tandberg's Distance Learning Video Guide

Tandberg Distance Learning


Related posting

I don't know much about WizIQ or its offerings, but from the looks of the bullet points (see below), we in higher education better fasten our seatbelts. In fact, if you combine this type of offering with 1:1 learning mechanisms, you have a potent learning platform.


Map of science from asdf

Image from Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science (

Circles represent individual journals. The lines that connect journals are the edges of the clickstream model in sdf. Colors correspond to the AAT classification of the journal. Labels have been assigned to local clusters of journals that correspond to particular scientific disciplines.

From DSC:
Looks a bit like a network configuation...lots of connections...I can almost see the individuals talking to each other so to speak.

Also see:
Who's Your Academic Buddy? New Study Suggests How Fields Are Intertwined -- from The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog by Jeff Young


From DSC:
Can you hear the sound of the roaring engines? Can you feel the pace of technological change? If not, then reflect for a moment on this K-12 related item:

Telecollaboration: Connecting Classroom Across the Globe -- by Dr. Leigh E. Zeitz
I was just reading Scott McLeod's blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, where he is asking for resources in connecting classrooms around the globe. Telecollaboration is an important opportunity that enables students to talk and write with other students in other cultures. Sometimes it even involves monumental activities like when classrooms from around the world follow an explorer who is trekking to the north pole.

Global School NetworkMy favorite site for finding telecollaborative projects is the Global School Network. This organization in southern California has been sponsoring and connecting telecollaborative project around the world for over 2 decades. The originators, Yvonne Andres and Al Rogers were pioneers in the technologies that connected classrooms even in the 1980 (e.g., FrEdMail).



Cell Phone Conferencing A Free Tool for Teaching -- from Liz Kolb

All Things PLC


New CIO of America - Perspectives on Collaborative Technology -- from Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie
Last Friday, President Obama appointed a new Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra. He immediately came out with a number of provocative proposals for building a "collaborative and open technology" platform for all Federal agencies [emphasis DSC]. Kundra has been the CIO of Washington, DC and is interested in building the equivalent of a Facebook for each citizen - where they can select the level of information feeds that will confidentially come to a personal secure site. For example, a TRENDS reader might want to track Federal spending on learning, the forward value of their Social Security payments, votes by their Congresswoman and feeds from NASA and OSHA. Within hours of his appointment, he held a conference call outlining how technology could be used quite differently. This is an interesting example of corporate CIO's to consider. Read or listen to his conference call.


7 Tips for Efficient Meetings -- from



Expanding Your Classroom's Global Perspective -- from Remote Access by Clarence Fisher

Those who use technology in ways that expand their global connections are more likely to advance.

Image from Miguel Guhlin's posting;
Image source: Dean Shareski via Scott Floyd

Increasing globalization continues to affect the way we work, collaborate, and communicate. Information technologies are having a significant impact on how people work, play, gain information, and collaborate. Increasingly, those who use technology in ways that expand their global connections are more likely to advance, while those who do not will find themselves on the sidelines. With the growing availability of tools to connect learners and scholars all over the world — online collaborative workspaces, social networking tools, mobiles, voice-over-IP, and more — teaching and scholarship are transcending traditional borders more and more all the time (p. 5)


Gary Marx (2006) 16 Trends

* Marx, G. (2006). Future-Focused Leadership: Preparing Schools, Students, and Communities for
Tomorrow’s Realities. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


Definitely worth a read!Personal Learning Networks: Why Peers Are Better Than Classmates -- from Jay Cross

"Change is racing along so fast that the old learn-in-advance methods are no longer sufficient. While network infrastructure is evolving exponentially, we humans have been poking along. ... We've got to reinvent ourselves and get back on the fast track."

Informal learning evangelist Jay Cross thought of this idea already back in 2003. Traditional schooling is no longer sufficient to deal with the complexity of modern society. In a world which is going to be increasingly more specialized what is really going to make the difference is your ability to explore, research and find relevant information just-in-time via the personal connections you have created over time.

That's why the connections you establish with your peers, the personal learning network that you create, are really valuable. Sharing and learning with other individuals who have your own passions and interest, is an opportunity to really learn and to get out of the traditional classrooms environment, where your desire to learn is too often suffocated by dogmatic principles and grade scales.

Get used to that: knowing things per se, and filling your walls at home with certificates, doesn't mean you're a good student or that you are better than anyone else. It just means that you can answer pre-determined questions when you are asked to. And, is this really the skill you need to be successful in your life? Here's Jay's vision...

Network Literacy Video Part Two: Sarnoff’s, Metcalfe’s, Reed’s Law -- from Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold
The second in a series about network literacy. The value of networks shifts as they scale, and as the networks accomodate human social activity as well as interconnection of machines.

21st Century Literacy at Glenbrook -- from David Warlick

At a more fundamental level, information has become increasingly: Networked, Digital, Abundant, and Connective.
A growing number of educators are learning to cultivate personal learning networks (PLN), dynamic webs of directed and serendipitous connections to people and information sources that help us do our jobs.

Online Conference -- from Tony Karrer
Two of my eLearning Predictions for 2009 were:

  • #5 - Virtual Classroom Tipping Point...
    We've reached a point where virtual classroom training is no longer seen as inherently inferior and a lower value ... 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training.
  • #11 - Micro Virtual Conferences
    The move towards acceptance of virtual classroom means ... acceptance of online conferences ... we won't have time to go for several days ... in between a full online conference and something that's a few sessions.Already this year, I'm seeing a lot of this...
Online conferences - the future is now -- by Meredith Farkas


Web 2.0 Expo Europe 2009 Cancelled -- from TechCrunch by Robin Wauters

From DSC:
The significance here is that more conferences may be closing down for a while...forcing the importance of online-based/cheaper meetings and opportunities for collaboration.

Network Weaving -- from elearnspace by George Siemens
Network weaving is a great term to describe how people and organizations interact, connect, share information, and form relationships. In this 20 minute video, June Holley talks about her experience with weaving networks. The term “networks” is so broad it’s tough to talk about it meaningfully without first spending time clarifying terms. Barabasi stated that “networks are everywhere. All we need is an eye for them”. I agree. While networks share structural properties (connections between nodes), how and why networks form differs with network types. For example, how does a social network translate into learning? How does being connected to a certain group of people translate into understanding? (if you’re interested, I posted a presentation last year on the subject of different ways to see learning as networked).

Below quote from A Learning Reformation
Here are some suggestions for people in training organizations as they shift to supporting the networked workplace:
  1. Be an active & continuous learner yourself (e.g. personally manage your knowledge).
  2. Be a lurker (passive participant) & LISTEN
  3. Communicate what you observe.
  4. Continuously collect feedback, not just after formal training (yes there’s still a place for some of this).
  5. Make it easy to share information by Simplifying & Synthesizing.
  6. Use Networks as research tools.
  7. Identify learning skills and develop them in yourself and others [thanks, Clark]

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Ice Conference 2009


Networking and Professional Development: The Virtual Way -- from NITLE

Campuses will be dealing with the impact of the current economic crisis for the next several years as it affects endowments, fundraising, and students' needs and expectations. As they do so, they must focus on efficiency and cost-cutting and also on their strengths: student engagement, effective curricula, and educational value.

Colleges and universities need to do more with less, but how? Part of the answer lies in faculty and staff members having opportunities to learn about effective, lower-cost approaches to getting things done, including ways to engage students in and out of the classroom. Another part lies in their having access to a broader community of professionals who work in similar circumstances and whose fresh perspectives and practices can cast old challenges in a new light. How can campuses use NITLE to provide such opportunities for networking and professional
development at lowered cost?

-- Building Relationships and Networks: No Travel Required --

Travel budgets are tightening, but the need to maintain relationships and networks remains. In the last liaisons' update (, Carleton College was featured for its recent and successful use of multipoint, interactive videoconferencing (MIV) to engage colleagues across campuses around issues of cost-cutting. For faculty and staff members looking to build and maintain their relationships with students and colleagues across distance, multipoint, interactive videoconferencing may offer a solution. Here's why:

  • Users can access MIV right from their desktop or laptop computers. All they need is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an echo-free audio system (such as a USB headset), and a computer manufactured no
    earlier than 2005.
  • Once in a MIV, users can interact with colleagues and students using a number of tools. Cues from both video and audio along with a shared whiteboard allow for discussion, problem-solving, and-perhaps most importantly-a sense of social presence.
  • Once acclimated to the MIV environment, people find that they can use MIV for a variety of purposes, including:

-- Staying in touch with students in the field (e.g., student teachers) or studying abroad
-- Supplementing in-person office hours
-- Developing courses or other learning materials with off-campus colleagues
-- Developing collaborative presentations for professional or disciplinary conferences
-- Holding meetings (e.g., trustees' meetings, consortial meetings)
-- Conducting interviews with potential candidates
-- Planning events


Award Reveals Wealth of Teaching and Learning Literature, But How to Make Sense of it All? -- from Teaching Professor by Maryellen Weimer

Work on teaching and learning is literally published everywhere. Through Penn State I have access to all the libraries belonging to the Big Ten universities. Even so, there were journals I could not find or access. I was also operating under the illusion that I knew, or had at least heard of, most of the pedagogical periodicals. Not so, I discovered several new ones in this collection.

DETA 2009 Conference
DETA 2009 Conference
-- from Tony Bates
3 - 5 August 2009 | University of Cape Coast | Cape Coast, Ghana
The Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana and the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) invite you to attend their conference on Issues and challenges in education in Africa – the need for a ‘new’ teacher. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to take part in a pan-African Conference addressing the challenges of education in Africa.

From Education Innovation (K-12 -- but relates to higher ed as well):

“We’re really collaborating and building ideas together as opposed to the old model where everyone works in silos.”

How can you build a culture that is comfortable with change in your district or at your school? Think about issues and problems that have arisen in the past. How would an Innovation Lab or a collaborative organization have changed the outcomes of those issues and problems? Creating a culture of collaboration could be the key to taking a PLC, a school, or a district to the next level. None of us is a smart as all of us.

The Great 8: Catalytic Questions For Your Thinking

1.    What is a stake for your school or district? Can you afford not to create a collaborative organization? 2.    What kinds of questions should you be asking yourself about your collaborative models?
3.    What other organizations can you look to as a model of a good collaborative culture?
4.    What assumptions are you making about the level of collaboration and the ability of your teams? 
5.    What is one step you can take right now to increase the collaboration taking place in your school or district? What might it look like?
6.    Reframe the issue. Is it an issue of flexibility among staff, connection, or conversation? Is it a problem of communication, access, or time?
7.    What criticisms will people have when you begin to create Innovation Labs or great collaboration? Anticipate and plan for solutions. Choose the idea that is easiest to implement.
8.    Can you substitute one process, procedure, and regulation with one that will increase collaboration?

Tough times for meetings -- from Face2Face by Sue Pelletier
In case you need more proof of how tough things are for meetings right now, check out this article from the NYT: As the Recession Waxes, Business Meetings Wane. I haven’t heard of anyone doing this, but according to the article, “Some event organizers, desperate for delegates, are going so far as to waive registration fees or to offer free hotel rooms to lure budget-minded business travelers.”

Now might be a good time to point out an article we did a while back that could be all-too-useful these days: How to Unplan a Meeting.


Promethean Planet

Promethean’s free online community is designed to provide Activclassroom teachers around the world with the ability to share new and innovative lessons, access a wide variety of professional development materials, and connect with fellow Activclassroom teachers from around the Planet.




Jumeirah College students bridge cultures with global video conference -- from

Audiovisual technology enhances physician education -- from ComputerWorld
Audiovisual technology fosters better collaboration among doctors and a new way of teaching medicine.


In-Person Events: Wimba participates in hundreds of educational conferences, tradeshows, and seminars around the world.

Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS): Free, online lectures covering a wide-range of topics related to education and technology, presented by thought leaders and innovators from around the world, delivered LIVE to your desktop.

Wimba Online Workshops (WOW): Free, online workshops offer tips, tricks, demonstrations, and discussion around use of Wimba products for effective teaching and learning.

Also see information about Wimba Connect 2009:

Wimba Connect 2009 Conference



Innovate-Ideagora a professional network for the Innovate community. Joining the journal Innovate, event portal Innovate-Live, Ideagora offers members another way to share ideals and create solutions for the problems, issues, challenges, and opportunities of using technology, digital content, social media and web 2.0 tools to enhance the global educational process.


Wimba offering these free online seminars to education professionals:

How Online Learning Technologies Help Institutions Serve Adult Learners in the New Economic Climate
Presenter: Steve Montano & Scott Smith, Wimba
Date: Feb 20 Time: 2pm EST Place: Online

Religiously-Affiliated Institutions Using Collaborative Online Technology
Presenter: Meg Gulanick, Loyola of Chicago; and Raquel Moncado, Our Lady of the Lake University
Date: Feb 23 Time: 1pm EST Place: Online

Related article:
Video classroom window to world - JOHN NORTON, THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN -- from Educational Technology blog
Members of the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education on Thursday had a chance to see the district’s new videoconferencing system up close, along with a quick demonstration of “mission control,” the way individual student progress is going to be monitored. The board gathered for a work session at the Corwin International Magnet School, where students in fourth through eighth grade are studying in the International Baccalaureate program. Meeting in the school’s new videoconference room, ringed by six large LCD displays and a central screen with a projector, the board had a chance to see some of the collaborative opportunities the Corwin students have with their counterparts worldwide.


The Latest Online Match: Companies Can Hook Up With Universities on Tech Transfer -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Goldie Blumenstyk
Online sites where universities list their available technologies are nearly as old as the Internet, but a site unveiled here Thursday is expected to be about more than e-commerce. It's an attempt by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to foster collaboration among institutions, companies, and professors. The site, iBridge Network, introduced during the annual meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers, lets institutions share information about inventions and research tools developed by their faculty members. It also includes features that allow scientists or companies to sign up for alerts about new developments in certain fields. In some cases, they will be able to license rights to technologies listed on the site with the click of a button.

From DSC:
This is yet another example of how important it is to be connected -- to have your global network of colleagues, peers, and sources of information. It is also another example of the power of online exchanges and collaboration spaces.

iBridge -- linking ideas and innovation


Presentation Skills For Webinar Speakers -- from The Webinar Blog by Ken Molay, President Webinar Success

See the notes/slides as well.

Ken Molay's Presentation from 2-11-09

  • Preparation
    • Know what you want to say
    • Reshearse it! Practice it! ALL the way through.
    • Know your environment and set things up
    • Test things out
    • Print out slides and have back ups
  • On Event Day
    • No cell phones
    • Turn off all distractions
    • Have room-temp water on hand
    • Be aware of your microphone -- pop-up blockers are great if you have access to one -- good place is _____ the lower lip, off to the right side -- don't blow air directly into the mic
  • Vocal technique
    • Keep talking; or prep folks for why there will be some moments of silence
    • Radiate confidence (comes through practice and knowing/believeing that everything you say is important
    • Vary your tone
    • Maintain energy -- keeping interest level up -- do not let your voice trail off at the end of your sentences
    • Don't attrack attention to bad content -- don't lower voice or talk too fast
    • Smile
    • Feel comfortable -- walk, rock in your chair, etc.
  • Bad habits (use a trusted friend or coworker to identify these items)
    • Don't repeat welcomes if you have more than 1 speaker; or if you only have 1 speaker, don't welcome every single person who joins
    • Minimize apologies -- otherwise, negative associations can be made to you, your presentation, or your content
    • Avoid qualifiers
    • Don't preface sentences
    • Eliminate rhetorical questions -- make declarative statements
    • Watch out for fillers -- uhmm, aaahs, you know's, ah, um, etc. -- the key is to notice that you are doing it! Perhaps finger tap on leg when you notice that you're doing that.
  • Audience Interaction
    • Acknowledge your audience
    • Mention first names
    • Address names when answering questions, ask questions
    • Act like it's just you and me
    • Link content to purposes/goals -- "If you do this, you are going to ____"; "the reason I mentioned this is because ____"; make explicit links; address "Why am I telling you this"
    • Reinforce key points
    • Cue your audience
    • Don't cut off questions -- disrespectful
    • Restate questions before answering the questions



Ways Webinars Fail -- from Larry Kilbourne's Website

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3

From DSC: so let's avoid these things!

VoIP comes of age
-- from
Internet telephony has always been inexpensive. Now it's also reliable.
Businesses large and small plan to increase their use of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony during the next two years, according to a recent British Telecom survey. Their objectives include increasing collaboration and lowering voice toll costs outside the office.

But is VoIP affordable, accessible and effective enough for today's mobile entrepreneur?

"Google, Skype, Vonage and other providers have made their applications available via the Web for both laptops and mobile devices," says Elka Popova, a program director with global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. "They can definitely address the needs of business travelers" - especially the need to save money.

From DSC:
Wimba Classroom uses VoIP when you use a microphone or videocamera hooked up to your PC or Mac. Can you say FREE? Now that price is right Bob Barker.


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"Calvin ranks first among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions in the nation for the total number of students who study abroad in a given year, according to the 2008 edition of the Open Doors report" (released annually by the Institute of International Education).

The college currentlty hosts programs in Spain, Honduras, China, France, Ghana, Hungary, the Netherlands, Mexico, Great Britain and Thailand (in addition to Interim opportunities).