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Higher Ed Loves Video!

I recently got back from a successful east coast jaunt and wanted to share some thoughts on my first Educause experience while they’re still fresh.

After marketing video across many verticals, I have to say I was nothing short of impressed with the level of attendee engagement we received from the Educause 2011 crowd around video.

Video and higher ed are a natural pair in many ways — video is the cornerstone technology for lecture capture and also helps make distance learning aspirations a reality. Along these lines, our new Lecture Vision solution announcement and demo were very well received and it was great to hear how universities have already started down the path to pervasive video.

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WISE 2011 Debate “Adapting to the Future World of Work”

The World Innovation Summit for Education(WISE) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Launched in 2009, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round.  There will be 1200 attendees from 45 countries, including greater than 25 country-level Ministers of Education in attendance at this Qatar meeting discussing potential global and regional impacts on teaching and learning.  At the Wise Summit in Doha, Qatar, November 1-3, Cisco is one of only two major technology companies presenting at the conference. Another great visibility opportunity for Cisco in helping “transform Education, together.”

On November 1st, I will be speaking and moderating a session on “Adapting to the Future World of Work” Session: Adapting-future-world-work at the Wise summit in Qatar.  In this session, the panel and I will explore ways in which education, business, social and government leaders in different regions might work together more effectively to address them.  Learn more about related topics in the Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century White Paper

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Focus on Rural Schools Offers Opportunity for Telepresence Intervention

October 28, 2011 at 7:26 am PST

Rural schools have recently captured the attention of the federal government, which has redoubled its efforts to improve education in these areas, according to a blog post on the Education Week website. Making up more than half of the nation’s school districts, rural schools educate 23 percent of the country’s children, the post said.

The schools in many rural areas face significant challenges. At the Department of Education’s Rural and Indian Education Roundtable, held August 26 in South Dakota, teachers, education leaders, and families discussed the obstacles to quality education posed by extreme poverty, unemployment, cultural change, and difficulty recruiting and retaining quality teachers, according to the Ed.gov blog.

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Distance learning is new!

I was attending the SMART Technologies GETS conference in Berlin earlier this month and was asked to present on distance learning and collaboration twice during the day. Whilst I was preparing my slides I couldn’t stop thinking “Why are we so interested in distance learning and collaboration?”.

Distance learning can be traced back to the 1700′s and collaboration just used to be called cheating -- there is nothing new here, nothing innovative!

So why all the fuss? However I ploughed on regardless and produced twenty odd slides of sensible and rational argumentation on the importance of distance learning and collaboration hoping to engage and not bore my audience.

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Educause: What Was Your Word?

October 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm PST

I love Educause because there’s always buzz.  This year, it seemed to hit a high-pitched fervor.  The show comes alive and takes on a character of its own as technology leaders from across the country and globe share the challenges and issues that each of them is facing.  It takes on even more character in a city like Philadelphia where the sights and sounds of the Reading Terminal Market swirl around bustling show-goers who are trying to get in a quick Ruben sandwich in between sessions.  And, I was thrilled to know that the author of DIY-U, Anna Kamentz, would be there, imparting her unique perspective about students who will necessarily be designing their own unique ways to get a higher education.

One IT afficiando said to me, “It seems like each year, there’s a word that defines the show, and I think this year, it’s ‘cloud.’”  Someone else commented, “No, it’s the whole ‘open’ thing.” Another said, “Well, I think it’s really all about ‘remediation’ and ‘standards’ because our funding is going to hinge on this.”  It seems like everyone wants to find that one thing that will really impact them and their institutions, trying to get ahead of the wave so they don’t get engulfed by it.  Others said, “shared services, video, blended learning.”  I was most impressed by those colleges and universities that seem to be doing it all, driven by a unified vision around what’s really achievable.

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