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Telepresence a remedy for dissatisfaction with higher ed programs?

July 18, 2011 at 11:28 am PST

So, we’ve talked here about how telepresence can help humanize education, but I’m more and more interested in how telepresence can personalize the learning process.

According to the “Young Adults’ Perspectives on American Education 2011” study conducted by Viacom and The Associated Press, one in four young adults thinks the education system does not understand their values and goals. As a result of this disconnection to their formal education, more 18-24 year olds choose alternative approaches to higher learning, the study found. Students design self-directed curricula, incorporate internships, and teach themselves the knowledge and skills they need for their chosen paths. Read More »

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Can Workspace-Aware Infrastructure Deliver Better End-User Outcomes?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with a panel comprised of the following folks here at Cisco Live!  First off, my thanks to Friea Berg (@friea) for creating this opportunity.  Events like Cisco Live are a great venue, but pulling together a group of industry peers to have a meaningful dialog around the challenges our mutual customers face, and how we can better serve them is something that magnifies the impact of these events.  So, yesterday I was lucky to join the following folks: Read More »

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Free Event: Learn How to Use Video for Training – Register Now!

High-quality video is making online training even better. In our upcoming WebEx, our experts will show you how take your training to the next level.

This event is free: register here.

With high-quality video, trainers are starting to enhance the remote training experience – adding face-to-face and new visual dimensions that weren’t possible previously.

Join our experts, Richard Nantel, Co-CEO of Brandon Hall Group, and Cisco eLearning Specialist Linda Uli, as they review the results of a new market study on how organizations are using video for training.

They will discuss innovation today and how they believe video will evolve. They will walk you through best practices on effectively applying video to your virtual classrooms. Dominic Lau from the USC Distance Education Network will share lessons learned from the Viterbi School of Engineering, as they were early adopters of WebEx high quality video for their online classes.

Register today! Click here.

During this session, you will learn how other companies and universities are using video in their blended learning programs, when to use video so it will enhance, rather than detract from the learning objectives, which training scenarios benefit most from video and how to increase your value as a “video-ready” instructor.

WebEx Training Center: New and Improved!

We have retooled our product to bring high-quality video to Training Center; offering a more natural class environment with dynamic face-to-face interaction. We have also streamlined the user interface to make using Training Center even easier. Click here to see a quick tour!

Details: July 19, 2011  |  9am PT  |  12pm ET  |  Click here to register!

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This Week at Cisco Live 2011: Networking, Cloud, Virtualization, and More!

July 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm PST

I’m here in Las Vegas and aside from enjoying a frosty beverage or two by the pool and betting my next paycheck at the Black Jack tables, I’m attending Cisco Live 2011. This annual education and training event is like the World Cup of networking events, where IT, networking, and communications professionals join Cisco experts and partners to learn, connect, and collaborate.

There are so many different sessions and keynotes taking place at Cisco Live this week, but don’t worry if you can’t attend every event. I’ll be posting daily recaps here on the Channels blog, talking to partners at the conference, covering the big news, as well as sending out live tweets.

Cisco Live 2011 officially kicks off tomorrow with a keynote and welcome address from Chairman and CEO John Chambers. John is slated to discuss the future of networking and communication technology, and the ways it will transform business practices, education, and social relationships.

What else is taking place at Cisco Live this week? Read More »

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Inner-city Schools Concert Inspires, Engages Kids

The bright hot autumn sun burned down into Compton, California – right onto the shoulders of a busy nine year-old boy. The boy was respectful, working on hurrying up his chores for his mother so he could play ball with friends.  The boy eyed the last pile of leaves and thought “last one, then I’m done”. He heaved the rake over the pile and pulled back – and stiffened in shock as the rake revealed two automatic hand guns, still warm, hidden in the leaves.

To this day Fred Martin does not like leaves.  Buried under high piles of leaves are where the Compton gangs he grew up with hid their guns – at the safe house of “the Church family” – Fred’s family. The police never searched there; his father was a minister. Soon enough at ten years age Fred, a music prodigy, found himself playing organ in church on Sunday mornings – he later figured the music carried him away from the leaves.

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