The recorded presentations for the Kaltura Video Summit for Enterprise and Education 2013 are now available for on-demand viewing at:





From DSC:

  • What if you want to allow some remote students to come on into your face-to-face classroom?
  • What if you want to allow those remote students to be seen and communicated with at eye level?
  • What if you want Remote Student A to join Group 1, and Remote Student B to join Group 2?

Well…how about using one of these devices  in order to do so!


New video collaboration robot: TelePresence gets moving — from by Dave Evans


That is why Cisco’s new joint effort with iRobot—demonstrated publicly this week for the first time—is so exciting: We’ve created a mobile Cisco TelePresence unit that brings collaboration to you—or, conversely, brings you to wherever you need to collaborate. Called iRobot Ava 500, this high-definition video collaboration robot combines Cisco TelePresence with iRobot’s mobility and self-navigation capabilities, enabling freedom of movement and spontaneous interactions with people thousands of miles away.



iRobot Ava™ 500 Video Collaboration Robot — published on Jun 10, 2013
iRobot and Cisco have teamed to bring the Ava 500 video collaboration robot to market. The robot blends iRobot’s autonomous navigation with Cisco’s TelePresence to enable people working off-site to participate in meetings and presentations where movement and location spontaneity are important. The new robot is also designed to enable mobile visual access to manufacturing facilities, laboratories, customer experience centers and other remote facilities.



Double Robotics Double



MantaroBot™ TeleMe




From Attack of the Telepresence Robots! — from BYTE  by Rick Lehrbaum





MantaroBot “TeleMe” VGo Communications “VGo” Anybots “QB” Suitable Technologies “Beam”




RP-7i Remote Presence Robot


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Announcing the Cisco umi Mobile App for iOS and Android– from Cisco by Gina Clark


Cisco umi mobile app

Excerpt from Cisco (emphasis DSC):

Today, I’m pleased to announce a new addition to the umi family — the Cisco umi mobile app is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices.

The umi mobile app is a cool new way for umi subscribers to access video messages and recorded videos on the go. In addition, you can use your mobile device’s touchscreen to add/edit contacts easily with the onscreen keyboard, or even as a remote control for umi on your HDTV.


Relevant addendum later on 6/16/11:



Key tips every webinar host should know – from guest blogger Gena Taylor (Maestro eLearning), as she interviewed Lynne Bauerschmidt (HCR ManorCare)

Lynne Bauerschmidt is the Business Training Services lead at HCR ManorCare for the homecare, healthcare and hospice divisions.  She supervises five team members who are responsible for the development of all business office training programs and training on all back office functions as they relate to payroll, accounts payable, and how to utilize our computer system for patient management.

Over 20 webinar classes are offered each month and open to anyone in the office.  The team is also responsible for training all office managers with an extensive 6 week training program, developed by the team, and all done via webinar.  The business units are located across the United States in 154 locations.  Lynne has been in the healthcare field for 29 years and has a bachelor’s in Management of Health Services.

What follows is an interview between Lynne and Maestro eLearning, as a part of a new series called Trainer Talks.  This series explores the difficulties of being a trainer and how to overcome them, along with tips and advice to make your training more effective and even more engaging.

Q. What have you found to be the greatest challenges in the training profession today?
Our greatest challenge is finding ways to ensure our audience is retaining and learning the information we are presenting.  In January 2009 my team went to 100% webinar training.  Without the aid of face-to-face training, you are continuing to look for ways to ensure your audience is still engaged.

Q. Webinars have escalated in popularity. What are the most effective ways you have found to ensure you audience is still engaged?
Listed below are some of the different methods we use to try to ensure the student is engaged and learning:

  • Ask questions regarding how the process (training topic) currently works at their office.  What works/does not work for them?
  • Demonstrations/pass the mouse
  • Tests
  • Switch between PowerPoint presentations, desktop, manual information, etc.
  • ask questions to them directly and have them respond, create a dialogue

The most important thing is finding out what they hope to achieve with the class and making sure the material suits their need.

Q. Are there certain things every webinar host should keep in mind?

  1. Keep the audience engaged utilizing the tools available in the webinar software (check marks and X’s – yes/no; poling questions; pass the mouse, etc.).
  2. Keep the training interactive.  Mix up the tools/methods of training.  Don’t rely on power points only.  Share your desktop; use the white  board; ask questions; demonstrate; pass the mouse; have them practice on their own and check their work.  Don’t just read or talk to them.
  3. Give breaks every 50 minutes or so, even though they are not in a typical classroom, participants still need to take a break from the material.
  4. Know your audience.  Not everyone is comfortable using a computer; some may not be familiar with the material.
  5. Be flexible, be ready to change based on what your audience needs.

Q.  What do you like most about teaching the webinars?
What I like most about teaching via webinar is the great number of people we can reach.  We began teaching exclusively using the webinar method in January 2009.  At first we were apprehensive and not at all sure it would be successful, believing that face-to-face training was the best.  Due to financial cutbacks, we had to find a way to make it work.  My team worked together to put together more than 20 webinar presentations that we conduct and offer each month, in addition we offer customized and software upgrade trainings.  These trainings are reviewed and updated routinely.

Prior to 2009 our audience was focused on just office managers.  The office managers were then responsible for training their staff.  Since we went to the all webinar format, we have expanded the positions we train to all office positions, both clerical and clinical as it relates to back office processes and systems.  This allowed us to train 2,947 individuals in 2009 and 4,091 in 2010, compared to 420 in 2008.   Another added benefit, the students can re-take any of the courses at any time to brush up on their skills or refresh themselves on a process not used often.  Cost is reduced as there are no travel expenses when training via webinar.

Q. What other advice do you have to present and future trainers?
Be positive, make it fun!  Always be looking for new, more inventive ways to convey the information you want to present.  People attending your classes can’t see you, they need to hear your enthusiasm.  Facilitate participation and encourage feedback.

Maestro eLearning is a customer service company in the business of creating custom online training courses. They’re collaborating with industry professionals to deliver more value in their series “Trainer Talks.”  If you would like to participate in an interview, contact

A hugely powerful vision: A potent addition to our learning ecosystems of the future


Daniel Christian:
A Vision of Our Future Learning Ecosystems

In the near future, as the computer, the television, the telephone (and more) continues to converge, we will most likely enjoy even more powerful capabilities to conveniently create and share our content as well as participate in a global learning ecosystem — whether that be from within our homes and/or from within our schools, colleges, universities and businesses throughout the world.

We will be teachers and students at the same time — even within the same hour — with online-based learning exchanges taking place all over the virtual and physical world.  Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) — in the form of online-based tutors, instructors, teachers, and professors — will be available on demand. Even more powerful/accurate/helpful learning engines will be involved behind the scenes in delivering up personalized, customized learning — available 24x7x365.  Cloud-based learner profiles may enter the equation as well.

The chances for creativity,  innovation, and entrepreneurship that are coming will be mind-blowing! What employers will be looking for — and where they can look for it — may change as well.

What we know today as the “television” will most likely play a significant role in this learning ecosystem of the future. But it won’t be like the TV we’ve come to know. It will be much more interactive and will be aware of who is using it — and what that person is interested in learning about. Technologies/applications like Apple’s AirPlay will become more standard, allowing a person to move from device to device without missing a  beat. Transmedia storytellers will thrive in this environment!

Much of the professionally done content will be created by teams of specialists, including the publishers of educational content, and the in-house teams of specialists within colleges, universities, and corporations around the globe. Perhaps consortiums of colleges/universities will each contribute some of the content — more readily accepting previous coursework that was delivered via their consortium’s membership.

An additional thought regarding higher education and K-12 and their Smart Classrooms/Spaces:
For input devices…
The “chalkboards” of the future may be transparent, or they may be on top of a drawing board-sized table or they may be tablet-based. But whatever form they take and whatever is displayed upon them, the ability to annotate will be there; with the resulting graphics saved and instantly distributed. (Eventually, we may get to voice-controlled Smart Classrooms, but we have a ways to go in that area…)

Below are some of the graphics that capture a bit of what I’m seeing in my mind…and in our futures.

Alternatively available as a PowerPoint Presentation (audio forthcoming in a future version)














— from Daniel S. Christian | April 2011

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Addendum on 4-14-11:


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The Connected Life at Home — from Cisco

The connected life at home -- from Cisco



From DSC:

How will these types of technologies affect what we can do with K-12 education/higher education/workplace training and development? I’d say they will open up a world of new applications and opportunities for those who are ready to innovate; and these types of technologies will move the “Forthcoming Walmart of Education” along.

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How will technologies like AirPlay affect education? I suggest 24x7x365 access on any device may be one way. By Daniel S. Christian at Learning Ecosystems blog-- 1-17-11.


Addendum on 1-20-11:
The future of the TV is online
— from
Your television’s going to get connected, says Matt Warman

From DSC:
As I like to say, technology is great when it works — but when it doesn’t, there are few things more frustrating that exist in the world today!

Check out this post re: videoconferencing on the fly from BethanySmith who blogs at Transparent Learning

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