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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Cisco Collaboration Summit 2013

November 1, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

Last week Cisco hosted their 2013 Collaboration Summit where Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of the Cisco Collaboration Technology Group, delivered the key note address which included Cisco’s collaboration strategy as well as new product announcements. Trollope started with memories of his first computer; how technology at work surpassed what was available to him at home. In the past few years though, with the advent of the smartphones and tablets along with Facebook and other social networking sites, technology available to consumers at home has surpassed the technology available at work which has led to a sense of frustration. There is …

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Advancements in video conferencing technology have continued to propel its usage and adoption. Cost of ownership along with different interoperability barriers have decreased while ease of use and scalability have increased.  It’s no wonder that 76% of respondents in a recent survey conducted by Polycom and Redshift Research say they use video solutions at work today while 56% of those users participate in at least one call per week. Video conferencing is quickly becoming the “go to” tool in business today. Check out the infographic below for other interesting facts from the survey including top dos and don’ts during video calls.

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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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Developing a Mobile Video Strategy Part III

October 23, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

Part One and Part Two in this series focused on having a solid usage plan as well as properly preparing your network for mobile video. This last part focuses on adoption of mobile video and a positive end user experience. Usage, adoption, and positive experiences are paramount when rolling out a new technology. Having a clear program in place for those aspects helps to ensure adoption and a positive end user experience. This plan focuses on the following key areas: Promotion Training Support Tracking All of these pieces go together to best create a usage and adoption plan. Starting with promoting the new technology is as important …

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Video conferencing has proven to be a great way to enhance collaboration and increase productivity. In the last few years, video has gained popularity due to technology advancements and ease of use improvements. That said, there are important user elements to keep in mind to ensure a successful video call. Here are five best practices to keep in mind: 1. Lighting: Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a video call and bad lighting can take a good quality to poor quality very quickly. First, make sure there is enough light in the room. If dimly lit, turn more lights …

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Top 10 Video Conferencing Terms

October 18, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Video Conferencing

Video has traditionally been viewed as complicated with a wide range of phrases that many don’t understand. It seems as though every day there are new terms and buzzwords being used in the video industry that make keeping up and mastering the technology very difficult at times. With the rise of video conferencing popularity understanding some of these terms is imperative in choosing the right solution. Here are 10 of the most common terms and their definitions: 1. Endpoint: The physical equipment or software used to make a video connection. They can be in the form of a room based system, desktop client, or a …

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Social collaboration is about the casual interactions among colleagues, business partners and even customers that enable creativity and drive innovation.  When an organization embraces social collaboration, interactions come alive and innovation can explode across the business! We created the below Infographic to illustrate the power of social collaboration and the innovation that is possible when people are given the tools and environment to work together. After you take a look at the Infographic, read our new white paper: Driving Innovation Through Social Collaboration.  

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This Week in Collaboration

October 11, 2013, by Danielle Downs in Industry News, Video Conferencing

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. 1. Working Smarter: The Paradigm Shift in Business Collaboration Great insight on how individuals embracing new collaboration tools will benefit from a more innovative, efficient, and happier workforce. In contrast to past work environments, these new disruptive forces in collaboration technologies have created new strategies for companies to implement. 2. Fufulling the promise of advanced collaboration  Although the advanced collaboration technologies emerging in our market today are increasing productivity, there have been many IT challenges along the way. One of the most difficult hurdles for implementing these tools is the lack of …

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American Telemedicine Association’s policy duo, Jonathan Linkous, CEO, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, return with updates and new information regarding telemedicine. Congress In the wake of the Government shutdown, Congress continues to debate several different legislative proposals and provisions. One aspect involves the repeal of the medical device tax which charges a 2.3% tax on all medical devices; including some telemedicine components. The provision to repeal this tax is on the table; however, Capistrant says while this is possible it is not probable. Bill HR 3077 was introduced by Congressmen Devin Nunez and Frank Pallone to allow providers with one …

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