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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Web collaboration trends — from The Webinar blog by Ken Molay

Intercall put out a press release today summarizing results from a survey of college students about watching webcast courses. I have to admit I was surprised by how widespread some of the behavior characteristics are… I knew that streaming courses over the web was done, but I didn’t realize how many students relied on it.

Consider that 48 percent of students said they take multiple classes scheduled for the same time! That’s a far cry from my college days, when I would painstakingly juggle which classes to sign up for based on whether I could get from one side of campus to the other in time. 78 percent of students said that professors had made courses available online, either live or on demand. What do you think these students are going to expect of communications when they enter the workforce? Will they agree to attend multiple product briefings or team meetings scheduled for the same time because they figure they can watch the webcast recording later?

The survey polled college students ages 18 to 25 about their attitudes and behaviors towards streamed video content of their college courses. Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Use of streaming is on the rise — Eight in ten students (78 percent) report that professors have made lectures available either by live video feed or posting a videotaped lecture for students to access online. Nearly a third (30 percent) say their professors use web streaming frequently.
  • In two places at once — Almost half (48 percent) of students take multiple classes scheduled for the same time which was virtually impossible before streaming. Also, 63 percent “attend” classes even though they are in reality, out of town.
  • Juggling jobs and studies — Streaming helps those students who are working their way through school: 47 percent say having content available to view at a later time allows them to work more hours at their job.
  • Students are taking control over the way they learn — Nearly 60 percent say streaming video allows them to spend more time studying by themselves and grasp concepts better because they can go at their own pace (44 percent).
  • We want our streaming! — More than two-thirds (67 percent) of students said they wish more of their professors used streaming and the majority (85 percent) say they would find it helpful to have their classes live streamed or video posted online.
  • Parents just don’t understand — A third of U.S. students say that their parents or guardians would be very upset to know how often they actually attend classes in person because they “attend” by watching video of their course online. However, the majority of respondents report that streaming improves students’ performance and helps them balance school with work.

Marshall McLuhan and web conferencing — from The Webinar Blog by Ken Molay

“The medium is the message.” One of the most quoted five-word phrases in the last 45 years. I’ll bet you think you know what it implies. I’ll bet you’re wrong.

I just finished reading an erudite and fascinating article by Mark Federman, Chief Strategist, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology. The article has the unwieldy title of “What is the Meaning of The Medium is the Message?”

There are questions I see all the time from webinar creators and administrators. Some common ones include:

  • How long should a webinar be?
  • How do I hold my audience’s attention?
  • What’s a good audience size?

I see an underlying communications message in these questions that is based on a prior medium.

Webinars extend our communications reach to that audience in a new way. And the change in the medium changes the dynamics of the message between hosts, presenters, and audience members. There is no more sea of faces. There is a multitude of simultaneous one-to-one communications between a presenter and an individual listener.

So instead of concentrating on “How much time do I need to reserve before it is seen as worth the trip?” we need to ask “How much time do we really need in order to deliver the value we promised?” Don’t be afraid to end a session early. Or at least end the lecture quickly and move to audience-guided questions and discussion.

July 7 –> EDUCAUSE Live Web Seminar: What do newer generation faculty want from IT services?

Speakers: Bruce Maas, Chief Information Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Michael Zimmer, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Date: July 7, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT).

In this free, hour-long web seminar, “What Do Newer Generation Faculty Want from IT Services?,” Bruce Maas and Michael Zimmer join host Steve Worona to talk about how former Net Gen and late Gen X students are becoming our colleagues and bringing the attitudes, aptitudes, expectations, and learning styles of their generation with them. Tune in to hear a discussion on the inherent tensions and opportunities in both supporting and getting out of the way of faculty who are “digital natives.”

From DSC:
I would propose that it’s not necessarily just “getting out of their way”, but rather teaming up with them to make innovation continue to occur on our campuses. We need team-developed / relayed courses. Gen X or not, no one can do it all anymore.

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Videoconferencing Lesson Study: Learning from the Classroom — by Janine Lim

Poster Session: Amy Colucci, Jefferson County Public School with Jeremy Renner

Just stopped by a poster session on the way that Jefferson County Public Schools uses classroom-based videoconferencing systems to facilitate real-time lesson studies without interrupting the classroom instructional.

I talked to Pam Caudill, who is the videoconferencing contact supporting the project. It’s a really cool professional development model. (In case you’re interested, they are using Tandberg equipment.)

So imagine this:

  • The model teacher is in the classroom – and videoconferences back with a group of teachers at another site.
  • She explains the idea for the lesson; prep etc.
  • She teaches the lesson. The teachers at the other site are watching. A mic is on the teacher, and a room mic is used also. Someone in the room unobtrusively manages the camera so the far site sees everything going on.
  • After the lesson, the model teacher debriefs with the teachers at the far site.
  • THEN, the teachers at the far site learn how to use the technology tools they just saw used with the students.

The Future of Learning & Development -- from Future Think

Highlights of the study:

  • 74% see the influence of L&D expanding in the immediate future (0-2 years)
  • Almost 50% believe their training offerings will grow in the next two years
  • Online learning is set to take center stage, with eLearning (62% will offer it), collaborative training (62%) and webinars (55%) being the formats identified as necessary for success
  • 85% agreed/strongly agreed that the majority of learning will be collaborative going forward
  • 100% agreed/strongly agreed that learning in the future will be done in short timeframes, using ‘micro modules’ to provide more focused learning and achieve better results
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