Category: Education

Distance Education, also known as Distance Learning is more than just a trend, but a new way to earn a degree or certification, and a new way for instructors to reach a larger audience.   Although the mobility of distance learning is a perk, the lack of a traditional learning environment can be difficult.  Distance learners face a unique challenge, where traditional means of in person communication and learning are replaced with video conferencing or a web based application, using chats, online boards and messaging systems.  For some the thought of a web based class with no in-person communication can be …

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Ready to bring collaboration tools into your classroom?  Educators are looking for ways to create technology-infused learning environments designed to foster collaboration.  Here are a few tools for effective collaboration and why you should adopt them. Cloud Storage: Need to lighten up the backpacks?  Here’s an easy way, students and teachers can store and share files and projects on the cloud.  Cloud storage allows for easy collaboration, no more emailing back and forth and worrying about who has the final document.  Cloud collaboration allows users to share folders, documents and update any changes made in real time.  Cloud Collaboration allows for instant …

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Education today is rapidly evolving and changing in order to keep pace with technological advancements and emerging teaching practices. By utilizing tools like video conferencing, educators are able to shrink geographical barriers and expand interaction potential by connecting students to other educators, students or experts regardless of location. Here are some of the most notable ways that video technology has changed the world of education. 1. Collaboration with experts Traditionally, students have been limited to the classroom and any resources they might have. However, with video conferencing, these resources are greatly expanded. With video collaboration technology, experts and other educators outside of the classroom …

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On March 4th, IVCi and Polycom hosted a webinar covering Global Trends in Distance Learning. The session was presented by Marci Powell, Polycom’s Global Director for Education and Training. The webinar provided some insightful content on the latest trends in Distance Learning as well as some really amazing examples of how different educational organizations are applying the technology to their curriculum. SLIDES PRESENTED: WEBINAR RECORDING:

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 7 steps to unified comm – and control over mobility services In the three years since passage of the Telework Enhancement Act, government agencies have been spending a significant share of their time and budget to make sure they have what they need to support their exploding mobile workforce. Even so, all too often, agencies have launched mobile and collaboration technologies irregularly and without coordination, largely because new requirements popped up or budget became available. Staying Ahead of the Collaboration Requirements Curve Collaboration applications have a purpose: to bring people together whenever …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. School Days 2.0: Connected, Borderless, and Highly Inclusive Just as the Internet of Everything is disrupting so many other areas of our lives (not to mention business models), its ever-expanding wave of network connectivity promises to upend education as well. Within the context of learning, the very definition of schools, students, teachers, and classrooms is being challenged. Now, your classroom is wherever you happen to be, and your lessons often take place when you want them How Technology has Changed our Daily Commute Forever Mobile technology and connectivity has, and still is, changing the …

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Webinar: Trends in Distance Learning Technology

February 18, 2014, by Lisa Avvocato in Education, Webinars

Education today is at a tipping point. The ability to visually collaborate, share knowledge, and connect to the world is empowering educators to transform the learning environment thus motivating, and engaging students of all ages. The innovation occurring globally surrounding video-enabled blended learning or blended learning is worth the examination as we see implementation across all academic levels. From dedicated studios and innovative classrooms to mobile devices, video conferencing today is dramatically enhancing and redefining teaching and learning. In fact, some say that the proliferation of videoconferencing affords flexibility and accessibility thus revolutionizing how educators teach and students learn. According to …

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Distance learning programs have been around for years.  They’re a great way to extend a college or university’s reach to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. For example, moving across the country or sometimes even the state isn’t feasible. However, with distance learning programs, these students can attend classes from their home and receive their degree remotely. Over the years the method of delivering distance learning programs has evolved significantly.  The first virtual classroom wasn’t much of a classroom at all. Professors would upload PowerPoint presentations with voice clips attached to each slide and students would listen to each …

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This Week In Collaboration

October 25, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Education, Industry News, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Distance Education 2.0 The MOOC movement allows professors to reach anyone in the world with an internet connection through these online open courses. Specifically, China has put a focus on MOOC’s in order to try and improve their domestic education. 2. Taking Video Conferencing out of the boardroom With mobile devices being used for video conferencing increasing over the last couple years, companies have been able to expand their video environment outside of the boardroom. This is due in part to the interoperability and decreased costs that mobile devices bring to …

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Advancements in video technology have had a tremendous impact on the creation and proliferation of distance learning programs. By integrating video conferencing solutions, universities are able to extend the reach of their programs to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. Calvin Hughes, Instructional Technologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, talks about his experience with video conferencing and the impact it has had on the University. IVCi: Can you give us a brief overview of your video environment? CH: We currently have 5 classrooms that hook up locally at the College of Dentistry. There are also 6 or 7 …

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