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Four Virginia Universities Give Telepresence an A+

Educators have put telepresence to the test and it’s passed with honors.

In 2011, four Virginia universities joined together with one objective–to transform higher education.

The partnership, dubbed 4-VA, includes members from George Mason University, James Madison University, University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The 4-VA’s goals are admirable and ambitious: To make higher education more affordable, expand the number of degrees awarded in the state and strengthen member institutions–individually and collectively.

Almost a year after inception, the consortium has made serious headway on its  mission to revolutionize Virginia’s higher education system through collaboration technologies. This is a great video on the program:

How’d they do it’? The crux of its success was the ability to leverage resources across all four campuses. With Cisco TelePresence, members can easily share instructional and academic resources via high-definition, real-time video that creates a life-like setting. Read More »

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Cloud Bursts into Higher Education

Universities are embracing cloud computing services models for research, student engagement, and cross-university collaboration but struggle to determine the best way to use these services given high security concerns. As a result, there has been a strong interest and investment in private cloud solutions and interest in community clouds specific to the higher education sector.

Forrester Consulting, on behalf of Cisco, recently investigated the degree of cloud adoption by 12 universities in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India, primarily around learning, collaboration, research and administration.

What cloud technologies are being used — private, public, hybrid, or community — and what drove Universities to cloud? What benefits did Universities receive from the cloud and the challenges they faced. Also, what were the IT leaders’ evaluation of the vendor(s) they used and the kind of services vendors could provide?
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Collaborative Learning on Display at Educause 2012

Collaborative learning was on display this week at Educause 2012 in Denver.  As colleges and universities are embracing technology to enable more dynamic teaching and learning, inside and outside of the classroom, it is clear that the “stale, passive lecture model” is transforming to a collaborative model of instruction.

A just published eCampus News special report on collaborative learning details how universities such as Duke, San Jose State University, Case Western, and West Texas A&M are embracing video, flipped learning and social collaboration platforms, like Cisco’s recently announced WebEx Social for Higher Education, to help faculty and students interact  “in much richer ways’.

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Education Transformation with Video – What the Research Says [INFOGRAPHIC]

Video is rapidly becoming the preferred method of communicating and collaborating over the network. This trend is having a profound impact in education with innovative teachers and professors integrating video with forward-looking pedagogies to increase student engagement, accommodate different learning styles, and improve student outcomes.

Cisco commissioned Wainhouse Research to review current research and document the benefits of video in improving learning and the quality of the educational experience.  Studies surveying educators found that:

  • 68 percent believe that video content stimulates discussions
  • 66 percent believe video increases student motivation
  • 42 percent believe video directly increases student achievement
  • 55 percent believe it helps educators be more creative
  • 62 percent believe video helps educators be more effective

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Cisco at EDUCAUSE 2012, November 7 & 8, Denver CO

Educause

EDUCAUSE is the largest Higher Ed IT event of the year, attracting about 5,000 key decision makers from the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Cisco will be exhibiting at booth 1114, where we will showcase our Connected Learning solutions for higher education. Visitors will learn how to use their campus network infrastructure to save money, improve efficiency, enhance safety and security, and prepare the next-generation workforce.

Join us for demonstrations and presentations by education technology experts, covering a range of topics, including:

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