eLearning Forum

Four score and one people attended today's eLearning Forum meeting on Virtual Teams and Collaboration at Cisco. A quarter of them attended via Interwise from such places as France, Canada, Tennessee, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Nevada, New York, Finland, Missouri, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Even more gratifying is the fact that none of them dropped out during the three-hour session. We've been working toward this for several years. This is the first time we've made it through without one SNAFU or another.


Today's success is attributable to many factors, among them a dedicated remote participant champion (who worked his tail off preparing for today), great support from Interwise, a Cisco A/V tech who has meeting support down pat, a video cameraman who knew his stuff -- and the room, a sponsor at Cisco who worked behind the scenes to make sure all was in order, a program that demonstrated real solutions to real problems, and treating our remote attendees as fellow participants, not second-class citizens.

Using voice-over-IP, we webcast a three-hour meeting with two-way audio literally around the world with no phone bill. Once again we can dream of sharing advice on what works well with the rest of the world.


Eilif Trondsen opens today's meeting.


Posted by Jay Cross at September 12, 2003 05:12 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Hello,
How can I find out more about the session that was held on September 12th? And how can I get in touch with the organizers?

I'd be very interested in learning more about the technology being as my firm represents a virtual classroom product called vClass from Elluminate Inc. here in Canada and we don't seem to have many of the difficulties or require anywhere near as much support that you mentioned.

If you'd like to try a session in vClass I'd be happy to set something up for you. We frequently run sessions with participants from all over the world (Asia, Europe, Aust...etc) with the cost of long distance phone charges.

Best regards, Bob Macdonald

Posted by: Bob Macdonald at September 13, 2003 10:49 AM

Hello,
How can I find out more about the session that was held on September 12th? And how can I get in touch with the organizers?

I'd be very interested in learning more about the technology being as my firm represents a virtual classroom product called vClass from Elluminate Inc. here in Canada and we don't seem to have many of the difficulties or require anywhere near as much support that you mentioned.

If you'd like to try a session in vClass I'd be happy to set something up for you. We frequently run sessions with participants from all over the world (Asia, Europe, Aust...etc) with the cost of long distance phone charges.

Best regards, Bob Macdonald

Posted by: Bob Macdonald at September 13, 2003 10:49 AM

Hello again,
The last line in my previous post should read "WITHOUT the cost of long distance phone charges"

Best regards, Bob

Posted by: Bob Macdonald at September 13, 2003 10:54 AM

Hello again,
The last line in my previous post should read "WITHOUT the cost of long distance phone charges"

Best regards, Bob

Posted by: Bob Macdonald at September 13, 2003 10:55 AM

Hello again,
The last line in my previous post should read "WITHOUT the cost of long distance phone charges"

Best regards, Bob

Posted by: Bob Macdonald at September 13, 2003 10:56 AM

Bob,

A few words of advice: You might want to try alternative approach to posting five messages looking for information that's readily available to anyone on the web. It smacks of Spamming.

My blurb specifically states that we used VoIP, so I don't think you really need bring it up here.

Go to Google. Enter Elluminate eLearning Forum. You'll see that we tried out Elluminate in a meeting earlier this year. We were not able to app-share. Therefore, remote participants could not see Michael Allen's slides. I chalk this up as one of the SNAFUs, not one of the successes.

Incidentally, the link to eLearning BC on your home page is broken.

I'll probably erase this thread in a few weeks.

Posted by: Jay at September 13, 2003 11:45 AM

All of the presentations from the Sept. 12 eLF meeting are now available for viewing/searching in a synchronized streaming media format: http://elearningforum.vportal.net. Viewers will need IE and Windows Media Player.

Posted by: Ted Cocheu at September 27, 2003 04:56 PM

Jay, my apologies for the multiple postings. There was such a significant response time lag after hitting the post button I must have thought there was a system interruption.

BTW, when using vClass you're much better off using the whiteboard facility rather than application sharing for PowerPoint presentations. It was specifically designed for that purpose.

Posted by: Bob Macdonald at October 22, 2003 11:03 AM

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