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 »
Tags: Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx, edtech, higher education, virtualization
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.
Tags: Cisco Connected Classroom, Cisco TelePresence, connected education, Duke University, Internet of Everything, IoE, Kilimanjaro
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.
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.
Tags: Cisco Education, Cisco TelePresence, higher education, Virtual Lecture, voice and video collaboration, WebEx Social
This is my fourth blog in a multi-part series. In my first blog, I introduced insights from Cisco’s Collaboration Work Practice Study and how people value collaboration in the work environment. In my second blog, I discussed the importance of building trust-based relationships and networks to make collaboration work for you. In my third blog, I share how you can turn human interactions into business results. In today’s blog, I discuss patterns of collaborative behaviors and how to leverage them to better support collaborators.
Collaboration can happen at anytime. Some would describe it as chaotic. But interestingly enough, through all the collaborative interactions we observed, we saw patterns in the “chaos” – patterns that did not just exist in organizational silos, nor were they simply associated with a job role or personality type. Throughout the day, people play a variety of roles and experience different types and modes of collaboration. They go from online to offline, in a virtual meeting to meeting over coffee, have an ad-hoc chat in the break-room and attend a global Cisco TelePresence meeting.
If we pay close attention to the behavior patterns of collaboration we can learn how to better support collaborators and create a more seamless experience. This is where process, technology and the physical and virtual workplace can complement the human behaviors that occur during collaboration.
Accelerating Collaboration through Catalysts and Connectors
“Not everyone is comfortable with collaborating virtually. [A catalyst’s] outreach encourages participation and makes the experience rich and meaningful.” – Study Participant
In our study, we found that certain types of people play an essential role in not only Read More »
Tags: Cisco collaboration, Cisco Collaboration Work Practice Study, Cisco TelePresence, collaboration, culture, cwps, Organizational Network Analysis, technology
This is my third blog in a multi-part series. In my first blog, I introduced insights from Cisco’s Collaboration Work Practice Study and how people value collaboration in the work environment. In my second blog, I discussed the importance of building trust-based relationships and networks to make collaboration work for you. In today’s blog, I share how you can turn these human interactions into business results.
Engage. We use the word engage every day. It’s rich with meaning and covers a wide spectrum of relationships. We are engaged with our families, colleagues, and customers; engaged with an idea, a process, or an initiative. And when engaged, people are passionate and committed.
At its core, collaboration is people interacting with people. In the global Cisco Collaboration Work Practice Study, employees told us that successful collaboration depends on encouraging natural human interaction, enabling participation and engagement, and fostering a collaborative culture.
“You really need to focus on the people aspect first. Get individuals to feel engaged and continue to be engaged. I think too many times we rely on the technology.” – Study Participant
In my previous blog, I discussed the importance of not losing sight of the “human element.” Taking the time to build relationships leads to trust, which is fundamental for collaboration. To turn human interactions between collaborators into concrete results, companies must Read More »
Tags: Cisco Collaboration Work Practice Study, Cisco TelePresence, collaboration, culture, cwps, daniel pink, instant messaging, technology