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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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Telepresence in the World of Many Clouds

As my colleague Roberto De La Mora recently wrote, the cloud is the place to collaborate in today’s business world. Whether your organization needs private, public or hybrid cloud environments, Cisco and our broad network of partners can provide solutions that best suit your business needs.

And what if your collaboration needs include telepresence? Where does telepresence fit into the cloud?

With Cisco, telepresence fits into your cloud infrastructure wherever and however you need it. According to Forrester, “videoconferencing innovation today is geared toward extending connectivity…through cloud-based services or new lower-cost on-premises deployment models.”

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The Power of Video Collaboration – Driving Business Growth, Innovation, and Productivity

A recent industry announcement affirms how important video communication is to the future of business-to-business collaboration.  As the global market share leader in telepresence and video collaboration solutions, we have always been firm believers that video calling should be as easy and ubiquitous as making phone calls.  We are highly encouraged by innovations that seek to spur user scale while simultaneously reducing costs and enabling new customers to experience the transformative power that only this technology can deliver.

In order to deliver on this vision and to extend the power of video collaboration to more people, Cisco has embarked on a multi-pronged strategy that is already producing results for end users.

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Video Conferencing Makes Business Easier – it’s Free with WebEx Meetings

In WebEx Meetings, we have a feature makes doing business easier. It allows you to video conference in a way that mimics the ebb and flow of natural conversation.

We call it Active Speaker and it’s an invaluable tool for business. If you aren’t using video for business, it’s time to start.

You can learn more about the value of video from Melinda Emerson, SmallBizLady, and America’s #1 small business expert. She offers 12 ways to use video to grow your small business in this online webinar.

Get your free WebEx Meetings account today.

Active Speaker pushes the video image of the person speaking to lead position so you can actually follow the conversation via webcam. This means the person talking is the one you see featured.

This works especially well in theatre mode; see the image above. As you talk, the speaker who is featured adapts and changes based on who is talking (watch this video to learn more).

This is a fun, lively way to host a business meeting Read More »

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Living in the Future is Awesome

By Lionel Walters,  Guest Columnist

Some of the most compelling memories I have from my school years involve trips away to see amazing things, or special visits to the school by amazing people. I still have vivid memories of the sights, sounds and even smells of some of the fascinating places we went to, and I can still feel the butterflies in my stomach as I met my favourite author and had him personally autograph some of my most treasured books.

To me, what made these experiences successful was that they lifted my sights and gave me something to aspire to. Unfortunately for many students living in rural areas, these boundary-breaking experiences are few and far between, either because of funding constraints or simply the lack of appropriate people or places to see.

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