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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 39. Video Infrastructure Updates

November 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm PST

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Collaboration Product Marketing Director Thomas McCafferty and Cisco Collaboration Solutions Product Marketing Manager Angela Murphy, about Video Infrastructure Updates. Kim Austin (@ciscokima) moderates and Chris Nickl and Brad Haynes are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

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Cisco SMEs
Thomas McCafferty, Cisco Collaboration Product Marketing Director
Angela Murphy, Cisco Collaboration Solutions Product Marketing Manager

Cisco Champions
Chris Nickl, @ck_nic, Cloud Infrastructure Architect
Brad Haynes, @GK_bradhaynes, Client Solutions Specialist Read More »

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#HigherEdThursdays – Reinventing the Educational Experience Through Collaboration

The landscape in higher education continues to change. In September, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics showing that college enrollment declined for the first time in six years in the fall of 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, 9/2013), and nearly half of Moody’s rated public and private universities were anticipating total enrollment declines in 2014 (Moody’s 2014 Industry Outlook, Nov. 25. 2013). Given some of these changes, colleges and universities across the nation are looking to technology to drive new and innovative initiatives to attract and retain students and faculty, to differentiate themselves from their peers, and to improve the educational experience.

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#HigherEdThursdays: Virtualizing Dual Enrollment

May 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm PST

This time of year is always exciting -- with students going off to college, coming home from college, graduating, switching majors and sometimes changing schools. It’s especially exciting when we hear stories like that of the 16 year old Florida student who received her college degree days ahead of her high school diploma.

Reading that success story this week reminded me of the importance of colleges and universities offering dual enrollment to high school students -- and how technology can make it more accessible to more students.

One example that comes to mind is that of Coastal Bend College here in Texas. They are preparing their 3,700 students, from across four campuses, for jobs in the real world. They achieve this by providing hundreds of academic classes, as well as vocational and technical training. The College also partners with local high schools in order to provide dual-enrollment courses for students who are often rural and wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate. Read More »

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From Durham to Kilimanjaro: Connected Learning with IoE

According to Duke University’s Vice Provost, L. Gregory Jones, “Students need to have a global imagination if they’re going to be leaders in any vocation in the 21st century.” Which is precisely why Duke has been at the forefront of implementing connected learning for its students and faculty around the world, with the help of IoE.

The Internet of Everything is providing the networked connections between people, process, data and things that make global learning possible. And at Cisco, we’re committed to making connected learning seamless with a number of technologies, the most prominent of which is Cisco’s TelePresence. TelePresence extends the power of in-person collaboration, allowing users to experience next-generation video conferencing and information sharing. A great example of TelePresence at work is the partnership established between the Duke University School of Medicine in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College in Tanzania, Africa.

In the U.S., the doctor to patient ratio is 1 doctor to every 450 people; but in Tanzania, the ratio is 1 doctor to every 33,000 people. In order to help Tanzania improve its medical knowledge and care for patients, the Duke School of Medicine and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College teamed up in 1997 to collaborate in research and training.

By 2002, the partnership was extended when Duke placed its first full-time faculty member in Tanzania, and KCM College graduated its first class of 15 doctors. When the National Institute of Health awarded Duke and KCM College a $10 million grant in 2010 to further healthcare training, part of the money was put towards implementing Cisco’s TelePresence technology. The powerful connections provided by the Internet of Everything and TelePresence allowed for more in-depth, real-time connected learning between US and Tanzanian doctors. In 2011, the number of Duke educators and researchers on site in Tanzania expanded. They used the IoE -- TelePresence connection to stay in touch with the Durham campus, utilizing video-conferencing to easily share studies and findings with colleagues back home.

See how Cisco TelePresence is making global connections between the Duke Global Health Institute and students and faculty at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro by clicking through this interactive graphic:

Overall, the results have been impressive. Between 2000 and 2011, the United Nations Human Development Index estimated the average Tanzanian’s life expectancy rose 26%, expected years of schooling rose 69% and overall progress rose 28% -- quite a feat for such a short time period. The future of Tanzania looks much brighter, thanks in part to Duke’s continued collaboration with KCM College and the connections the Internet of Everything makes possible.

Cisco TelePresence is just one of the many technologies Cisco offers enabling connected learning – even between people halfway across the world. A comprehensive solution portfolio of intelligent, network-centric solutions, including video, collaboration, and virtualization, will improve student outcomes, increase efficiency, enhance safety and expand research capabilities. With the Internet of Everything, teachers can be scaled to reach many more students, courses can be richer and more interactive with rich-media technology and they can be accessed on any device, anytime, anywhere. It’s an exciting time for the education industry – the opportunity to better prepare students for the IoE-enabled global world of tomorrow is here for those ready to move forward.

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Systematic Transformation: The Intersection with Technology in a Journey Toward the Future (Scaling Best Practices) – Part Five of Six

June 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm PST

This six-part series focuses on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States.  Read parts 1 through 4 on the Cisco Education blog.systematic-transformation 

At Cisco we are seeing outstanding examples of change, some of which have been highlighted throughout this blog series. Others, unfortunately, are one-time interventions, and tend to be unsustainable. We’ve seen a number of video implementations, for example, that have gone nowhere because they were not part of a larger strategy or plan, and training and culture were never addressed.  Across the country, outdated, disconnected video equipment lays scattered in classrooms, lecture halls, and IT departments. How can we ensure that these improvements can intrinsically change our higher education system in the United States, and across the globe?  We strongly believe that technology can help in this area as well. 

Scale can take place within a university and across university systems, especially when video technologies such as Cisco TelePresence are employed. This videoconferencing solution is easier to use, higher quality, and provides an immersive experience that rivals the one found in the classroom.

Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona is partnering with National Lambda Rail, a National Research and Education Network, to connect with universities and other higher education institutions to deliver joint classes.  With just one teacher and Cisco TelePresence, PVUSD is now providing instruction to students at multiple schools simultaneously.

Duke University is using Cisco TelePresence to create a virtual lecture hall, and expand the reach of its MBA program beyond the shores of the U.S., thereby increasing access and generating new revenue streams.  Now, their business school students can access professors, guest lecturers and business leaders from around the world. In this way, Duke is extending the in-person classroom environment across multiple campuses and into the business world.

Finally, Cisco recently announced WebEx Social, a new, enterprise collaboration platform that combines the power of social networking, content creation, and real-time communications and collaboration. We believe that WebEx Social has the power to drive the sustainable change required by higher education systems across the globe. 

Along with Cisco TelePresence, Duke University uses WebEx Social to provide faculty, staff, and students with a single, unified platform to access learning management systems, student information systems, and other applications for academics, extracurricular activities, and career information.  WebEx Social is also coupled with tools for voice and video collaboration within the same platform.  As a result, the traditional experience is evolving into dynamic, group-based learning that is often taking place outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Our vision is that WebEx Social will be used by higher education systems worldwide to connect and collaborate, and share best practices, course content, resources and more, helping drive the scale required to transform the entire system.  We believe that this tool is an agent for change, and will revolutionize the way in which higher education institutions deliver the business of education.

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