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Distance voting?


Sherri Williams, a newly elected trustee in Southlake, Texas' Carroll school district, has raised a bothersome issue, an 'upset-the-apple-cart' type of thing. Newbies sometimes do that. But this issue has ramifications for elected bodies everywhere. Williams will be on a long-planned vacation in Hawaii next week, which is when the school board has decided to deal with important administrative restructuring. She asked to join the meeting by video conference. That's just not the way things are done, and her fellow board members essentially told her so at a meeting on Tuesday. Here's the troubling part: Why not? Well, other people have been out of town in the past—for business and for pleasure—and have had to miss meetings that they considered important.

But why? Video conferencing technology is readily available, and Williams is willing to pay the cost because she wants to do her job as a board member. The state open meetings law allows governmental bodies to use this technology under very strict guidelines. Well, there may be other issues. The board decided that a committee should study video conferencing and the precedents it might set.

Indeed, there are important considerations, and no public body should go into something like this without thought. As a rule, elected officials should be in their seats for public meetings, but video conferencing is a tool that can be used in rare circumstances.

When video conferencing is used in a public meeting, state law requires that a quorum of the governmental body be physically present at one location; that the normal public notice for the meeting specify that location and all other locations where participating members will be; that all those locations be open to the public; and that all participants be clearly visible and audible to one another and to the public.

In today's mobile society, it's easy to imagine a public official who might overuse the video conferencing privilege and miss being physically present at too many meetings. Voters can correct that mistake at the next election.

If out-of-towners are barred from participating by video conference, it's conceivable that the political dynamics of some governmental bodies might lead one faction to set an important issue for a vote at a time when a member of an opposing faction might be out of town. It's an underhanded way to win, but it happens. Here's a way to hold that practice in check.

Video conferencing can be a useful tool. The Carroll school board and other elected bodies shouldn't be afraid of it.

E-Learning For Short Attention Spans

The latest trend in e-learning: delivering short segments of training when and on what topics employees need them most. Benefits include increased productivity and reduced travel expenses, but content management approaches may have to change.

by Penny Lunt Crosman

It's 7:30 a.m., and a salesperson for a high-end electronics retailer has several house calls to make. One customer wants to consult on a new home theater, another would like a stereo for her Rolls Royce. Recalling that a third customer had a question about in-wall speakers, the salesperson logs on to the company's e-learning site, takes a refresher course on suitable speakers and heads off to a 9:30 appointment.

On-demand training is the latest trend in e-learning. Companies using e-learning technologies have found that long lectures don't cut it online. Short, targeted learning segments with simulation or how-to scenarios let employees take classes when they have time or when they need the help. It's far less disruptive than taking a week-long seminar.

But this approach comes with technological challenges. Who creates the content for this training model, which at times cuts instructors out of the picture? How do you store and manage thousands or millions of small training "objects"? How do you make sure people aren't just clicking through the segments as opposed to really learning something? Let's explore some of the nuances of the short-segment e-learning experience.

The ABCs of E-learning

E-learning is training that takes place over the Web rather than in a physical classroom. E-learning technology comes in three major categories. Virtual classrooms replicate the teacher-student interaction of a classroom online. They usually combine Web conferencing, instant messaging, chat, whiteboards and application sharing. Learning content management systems (LCMSs) store and retrieve learning segments. Learning management systems (LMSs) handle administrative tasks, such as course enrollment, attendance, test scoring, reporting and grading.

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'Network jitters' are
pet peeves of video conferencing users!


A survey conducted by engineers at the Ohio State University revealed that users of Internet videoconferencing find "network jitters", a computer network impairment that causes a jumpy, freeze-frame effect and breaks up the smooth flow of a video signal, the most annoying factor during video conferencing.

"We always thought delay was the primary factor that caused the video and audio impairments that people disliked the most, but that actually turned out to be the least important," a researcher at the university was quoted as saying.

A Jitter stems from the variability in packet delay. It is caused by network congestion, irregular packet sizes and packets arriving out of order. The signal becomes choppy, and the audio and video can run out of sync.

Between email, instant messaging, and Web browsing, the amount of traffic on the Internet varies day to day and by time of day, and that affects the quality of video transfers.

Other studies have tried to gauge what makes people dissatisfied with videoconferencing, but this is the first study to obtain actual measures of how delay, loss, and jitter cause dissatisfaction.

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TANDBERG Maestro Design Features

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  • Leverages existing large screen projectors or displays
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  • Wide angle view camera with extensive zoom, pan and tilt

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Sony PCS-TL50

New PCS-TL50 System Offers Transportable, All-in-One Video Conferencing Package

Bringing a new level of versatility and convenience to videoconferencing, Sony Electronics is introducing the PCS-TL50 series, its first desktop videoconferencing solution for executive personal communication and/or small meeting space usage. Providing an all-in-one conferencing package, the new system features a unique pan-tilt-zoom camera embedded in an attractive 20-inch wide LCD display that doubles as a PC monitor.

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