Web conferencing technologies such as Skype and Webex allow people from any physical location to exchange ideas and work collaboratively. While the technology has been a boon to organizations and individuals, saving time and money while affording access that may not be available any other way, the use of technology raises important considerations. The technology is still relatively new, and not enough time has elapsed to enable users to successfully navigate policies, professional responsibilities, and legal, security, and privacy concerns.
As early as 2006, companies responded to a survey by Genesys Conferencing and indicated an increase of 40% in the use of web conferencing, citing increased efficiency and cost savings. It is reasonable to generalize the results of the survey to 2011 and find web conferencing is more popular than ever, particularly with the advent, since 2006, of smart phones with video capabilities, devices such as the iPad 2, and more software developers entering the arena with their technologies.
An important consideration in using web conferencing is the facility of all users with the required technology. One place where the technology gap can be evident is in academics. An increasing number of online programs are available for study; many of these use web conferencing as a component for class and/or group work. All group members must understand how a particular tool is used and be comfortable with using it. There can sometimes be a technology gap among students, often, although not always, across generational lines. Instructors must be sure that any gaps are addressed so all students have equal opportunities for success.
One use of web conferencing technology that is gaining popularity is for e-therapy. E-therapy refers to the process of "interacting with a therapist online in ongoing conversations over time when the client and counselor are in separate or remote locations and utilize electronic means to communicate with each other" (Manhal-Baugus, 2001, p. 551). In the decade since
Military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan often have mental health concerns. There are not enough resources to treat everyone in a timely manner. The Veterans Administration (VA)…… [Read More]
The U.S. Department of Defense was instrumental in the definition of this technology and also has led in tis adoption globally (Xirasagar, Mojtahed, 2010).
Comparing Tunneling Configurations in IPSec vs. SSL VPN Configurations
Source: (Opus Consulting, 2007)
Figure 1 illustrates how both VPN and IPSec work in secured Web conferencing configurations. Both of these approaches can drastically reduce the level of risk associated with video conferencing today. Increasingly these technologies are included in the baseline VPN configurations of enterprises who do much of their work and collaboration across the Internet.
The configuring of the TCP/IP command set across these secured connections can also increase the level of video streamlining and combined content distribution as well. Studies indicate that the greater the level of bandwidth planning and optimization on the part of companies the greater the level of ongoing stability and performance of these enterprise-wide applications (Xirasagar, Mojtahed, 2010). It is possible for example to enable exceptionally high levels of video bandwidth so simultaneous, secured video sessions could be going on literally at the same time anywhere in the word, with capable levels of performance and stability (Xirasagar, Mojtahed, 2010).
Enterprises can get the same level of security as highly secured government sites including the Office of the President. The ability to lock down a Web conferencing application to the VPN and IPSec level is crucial for protecting intellectual property and ensuring a high level of responsiveness to an enterprises' global needs (Xirasagar, Mojtahed, 2010). There is a greater level of security and stability in this platform than ever before. The bottom line is that Web conferencing is more secured that it has ever been, ensuring a high level of cost savings for enterprises who choose to use these technologies.… [Read More]
Web Conference Memo
Web Conference program research
I refer to the work you assigned me, to research on the best web conference program which can help you hold a weekly status meeting. I did research through the internet regarding the same. Through my research, I looked into four various kind of web conference programs namely, OnWebinar, Vyew, OpenMeeting and DimDim. However, to come up with one program, I analyzed each in consideration with the Operating System installed in our computers and other various factors.
Therefore, I would like to recommend Vyew as the best web conference program, because of its features which have listed below:
It's a browser-based web conference program and it operates effectively on Windows, Mac and Linux as well.
It has hundreds of active/archived meeting per user, which means it can support a number of users at a time.
It's very flexible compared to other web conference programs.
All the contents for the meeting are auto-saved in real-time and be accessed by an authorized user.
5. It offers both private and public chart.
6. It can publish meetings via URL or embedded in a webpage or email.
7. Its interface can be customized with colors and company logo.
8. It has built-in Voice over IP (VoIP), Webcam and Free teleconferencing that use standard phones within the U.S.A. To call into a conference call system.
9. It can be downloaded free from the internet.
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Roanoke County School System Faculty and Staff's Perceptions Regarding the Use of Web-Based Professional Development
Implications for Improvement of Practice
Introduction (could be longer. Include mandatory teacher ongoing certification standards)
Ongoing staff development has long been a vital part of the educational environment. It is the means by which the faculty and staff of a school system are kept current in educational trends, technologies and philosophies. In a diverse society, social pressures felt in the classroom are continually making the teaching process more challenging.
In the past few years alone, the advance in computer capabilities and in-home computer gaming equipment has affected the attention span of the average student. Elementary and secondary education students have a different paradigm as to what is interesting. Thus the challenge in the classroom to grab, hold, and mold the students attention have changed. An effective teacher must be aware of these changes, and other social influences, and be equipped to adjust his or her teaching styles to continue to reach his/her students. Ongoing professional development is the means by which the school system can stay current with the needs of its student body.
Therefore, the overarching goals of an effective staff development program must include:
Having maximum staff participation,
Providing relevant, quality content,
Generating effective, positive results which enhance the staff's professional abilities.
Given the current environmental factors in the K-12 academic arena, growing and maintaining staff participation in professional development programs is one of the most important aspects of creating an effective teaching environment, and building an effective, equipped teaching staff.
Nature of the Problem
Pedagogy, the Greek word that has come to mean the art and science of teaching actually means "leading children." This term, commonly used throughout the teaching profession, has become education's way of explaining teaching and the relationship between teacher and student. Pedagogy can be defined as the combination of learning…… [Read More]
0 is "…a broad name used for a number of different experiments that are being done in the research community" (Reddy & Goodman, 2002, p. 12). The emphasis here is in 'experiment' as Web 2.0 is a platform for the testing of new applications and innovation, as well as being an area for research and development in education and science.
The differences in the way that Web 2.0 functions can be seen in the concept of the Internet as a new platform or environment. This is a concept that exceeds the idea that a new Internet would merely offer new applications that would be in essence an extension of Internet 1.0. As Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle note, Web 2.0 means "… building applications that literally get better the more people use them, harnessing network effects not only to acquire users, but also to learn from them and build on their contributions" (O'Reilly and John Battelle, 2006). This vision of an Internet that grows in an almost organic sense, where the user becomes an integral part of the growth of knowledge, is central to the ideals of Web 2.0; and is an aspect that has cultural and social consequences.
The above view in extremely significant in that it reveals much about the radical nature of the new Internet. It emphasizes the foundational value of true interactivity and user interfaces that allows for creative input, which in turn changes the content of sites and shapes the Internet. In other words, the Internet becomes a platform for collaboration on many different levels that has culture-changing consequences. This view is expressed by O'Reilly and John Battelle as follows:
From Google and Amazon to Wikipedia, eBay, and craigslist, we saw that the value was facilitated by the software, but was co-created by and for the community of connected users. Since then, powerful new platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have demonstrated that same insight in new ways. Web 2.0 is all about harnessing collective intelligence. By Tim (O'Reilly and John Battelle, 2006).
The term 'collective intelligence' used in the above quotation is significant in that it suggests a new perception of the power of networking and communication that…… [Read More]
Web conferencing, though it is a very effective tool has its own drawback. The lack of human element and the absence of nonverbal feedback, particularly when dealing with clients constitute the negative side of electronic communication.
The field of medicine is one that uses web conferencing to great success. Telemedicine success stories are a good indication of the useful application of web conferencing. Web Conferencing, for example allows physician assistants and nurses to consult physicians and experts pertaining to patients symptoms and start appropriate treatment method for patients in hospitals and health care units running in remote locations. Similarly educational institutions embrace the technology offering e-learning modules for students from geographically diverse areas.
With careful planning and implementation of access privileges for different group of end-users internal security concerns can be allayed. Sensitive information can thus be protected by authorization. VOIP security concerns are a deterring factor as time and again hackers try to identify new vulnerabilities of the VOIP networks and attack them. [Johna Till Johnson] With most companies using web conferencing and live online meetings to share their applications and other sensitive data pertaining to their enterprise it becomes imperative to address the security concerns. Application sharing, which is one of the main features of the web conferencing software, exposes the system to potential hackers. Most big companies try to circumvent security breach problems involved in web conferencing by building their own web servers. However, such a solution is not feasible for small companies, considering the high costs associated with internal conference servers. One of the main hindrances, particularly for small sized companies is the hefty fee that service providers charge. Further, the use of remote control functionalities pose a significant risk as the possibility of identity theft or compromised authentication procedure implies a huge threat for the enterprise. These concerns aside, companies have to deal with a wide array of options which they have to carefully study before choosing the appropriate technology for their needs. Some of the major players such as Web Ex, Microsoft, etc. offer features that…… [Read More]
One of the more popular tools for building social networks, Ning, has adopted the OpenSocial standard, as has iGoogle (Godwin-Jones,…… [Read More]
Introduction Understanding Web 3.0 and the Future of Wirearchy
Web 3.0 refers to having a semantic web platform. With the immense amount of data available over the Internet, a form of connection needs to be created. Being able to share absolute content outside the walls of websites and applications needs to be created, forming semantics. In order to seek the full benefits and knowledge of our interchanging Internet aspects, all forms of connecting devices need to merge and connect the same way. Web 3.0 focuses on building relationships of words and data into context (Ray, 2010).
It is the context of the word that needs to be in relation and having the same relation to everyone. Having such said structure will link and connect the data the same, no matter who is retrieving it. Searching specific data or inquiring certain data does not enable the human body to enter in an inquiry, therefore producing the same answer.
Having a semantic web would integrate information within the human mind to obtain a final answer to the question you are seeking (Ray, 2010). How it stands right now, the human mind must sort out the information of data received until they receive what they believe to be the precise answer.
This thought process is one that could be achieved, but not for certain. Our world has moved beyond the use of human bodies sorting and filing to maintain a specific system. With the structure and growth of the Internet daily, it is not sure that there are resources available to contain such knowledge under one system to flow smoothly. The idea is great and would allow for common communication although quite possibly the amount of content and data supersedes the idea.
"Wirearchy is a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on: knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus…… [Read More]
Videoconferencing in Business & Education
In recent months the interest in videoconferencing has grown dramatically because of the terrorist attacks on America. Businesses and business travelers have embraced this form of distributed multimedia as a means of avoiding air travel. It is also a popular technology with educational institutions. The advent of videoconferencing has allowed people in different parts of the world access to quality education.
This discussion will investigate how videoconferencing works including the components, proper protocol and bandwidth that are needed to deploy the technology. We will then discuss the uses of videoconferencing in business. There will be an investigation of the advantages and disadvantages of using the technology in the business environment.
Our research will subsequently focus on the educational uses of videoconferencing. We will discuss why videoconferencing is used in the academic environment and the challenges that educators face in incorporating the technology into their teaching strategies.
Encarta defines videoconferencing as "the holding of a meeting in which participants are in different places, connected by audio and video links" (Encarta). The technology was invented in the mid-80's and has grown in popularity since 1997.
There are six components that are essential to the success of videoconferencing. These components include; a Computer which can be either a PC or Macintosh, an Internet Camera that is connected to the Computer, an Internet Connection that is no less than 56k (the higher the speed the better the quality of the conference), a Headset (which allows for better audio than a microphone, a Sound Card, and a Videoconferencing Software Program. (Video Conferencing: Easy as 1,2,3)
There is a standard protocol for videoconferencing, which is H.323 Protocol. This protocol is an International Telecommunications Union standard that provides specifications for equipment, computers, and services for multimedia communication over networks. H.323…… [Read More]
Web conferencing systems have been faced with resistance to change by those responsible for knowledge transfer and knowledge management, as these systems are seen as a threat to the more costly and time-consuming approaches to sharing knowledge. It has been seen that employees will resist using Web Ex-systems as they are afraid it makes the transfer of their knowledge too easy, and therefore is a risk to their status in the organization (Hu, Hafsi, 2010). Studies of change management indicate that when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or comparable leader within a business supports and provides pragmatic, honest feedback about how the Web conferencing system will be used, resistance is minimized and broader adoption occurs.
The rapid growth of Web conferencing systems has been accelerated by the growing reliance on more advanced security technologies and features in these platforms (Pearce, 2009). In conjunction with this development has been the rapid growth of multimedia support on Web conference platforms as well (Suduc, Bizoi, Filip, 2009). When any technology gains such rapid market share and adoption however, there is often strong resistance to change from employees who see their jobs and status being threatened over time (Hu, Hafsi, 2010). Despite these limitations, however Web conferencing continues to flourish as a communication and collaboration platform.… [Read More]
The main lesson learned from viewing the tutorials and programs is the ease and flexibility of configuring each specific session to the unique needs of an audience. Feasibly these technologies could be used for creating highly unique and tailored learning experiences for students who were learning through online universities only for example. The ability to tailor all forms of digital content, from music and video to drawing boards and the inclusion of self-pacing materials, shows the potential of these technologies to support online learning over an entire semester for example (Suduc, Bizoi, Filip, 2009). The implications on long-term learning using these technologies is also significant. It is clear that the recursive nature of how they are designed would allow for repetitive study of complex concepts, including the more challenging areas of math, statistics and the sciences.
Web conferencing has progressed from just a means to project slides or a rudimentary slides to an undifferentiated audience to a highly customizable, tailorable platform that can be used for communicating with greater clarity to a given audience. The ability to create individualized presentation sessions is critical for many businesses as they must stay in step with each customer bases' requirements and needs. These technologies give them the flexibility of accomplishing this very easily due to technology gains.… [Read More]
The regional it Director stated that these services can all be intermingled in customized workflows to support their development strategies and programming requirements. Cincom also had to transition off of a Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) by first integrating it into a VoIP framework; a very challenging task according to the regional it Director. This was essential for creating an effective platform for growth that would also capitalize on the deregulation occurring in the telecommunications market (Cannon, 484, 485). The following section shown a representation of the schematic that is comparable to how Cincom dealt with this challenging issue .
What Was Learned
Just how central VoIP can be in the development of any corporate strategy was made very clear in the examples learned about at Cincom. VoIP is literally the backbone of the entire application development platform of Cincom today. at&T is so tightly intertwined with Cincom today that they define "trusted advisor' in their relationship with their customer. The schematic that shows how Cincom progressed from PSTN to VoIP is shown below. This is from the peer-reviewed study Evaluating VoIP Technology -- Technology Push/Market Pull (Heron, Warren, 159).
Source: (Heron, Warren, 159)
Cincom has created specific series of configurations that reflect the above graphic for migrating each of their national offices across nine different nations to accomplish what they already have in the U.S. This has proven to be problematic given the many costs and aspects of regulatory and compliance requirements in each country however (Heron, Warren, 163, 164). This experience has also shown how central VoIP is to global business strategies as well.
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There are several characteristic that are evident with the software system use in virtual collaboration technology. The first characteristic is that most of these tools are web based and are downloadable; they also have the ability to offer a text chat feature in real time, thereby allowing for the synchronous communication among various users.
The platforms also has VoIP functionality, thereby giving them the ability to transmit sound over the laid down internet infrastructure. The virtual collaboration platform has the ability to allow screen sharing. This therefore allows the individual users to allow their partners to have a look at what they are working on their screens in an instant. The platform must have a presentation facility that allows for the presentation of Power point slides to the audience. The system also has Whiteboard-Live annotation tools which provides the users with a whiteboard type experience and look with the added ability to call up pictures, and diagrams on demand with real time annotation. The system should also be equipped with appropriate video facilities in order to allow for the real-time web conferencing through web cams. Finally, the system should be able to record the web conferencing sessions for future reference.
The common web conferencing software includes the following; iVocalize, Convoq, Spreed, InstantPresenter, Persony, Eblvd, HotConference, FlashMeeting, Convenos, MegaMeeting, Virtex C3 Communicator, e-Boardroom, Space2Meet, Collanos, Linktivity, CloudMeeting, Wave 3, aveComm, SmileTiger, WebHuddle, Elluminate vRoom, VSee, WebEx MeetMeNow, ooVoo, Zoho Meeting amomng many others.The hardware systems used also come from multiple vendors and include the following equipment:computer, which must equipped with very fast processors, webcams, projectors, speakers, microphones and headphones.
Virtual collaboration and the face of global economy
The use of virtual technology in the setting up of web conferences and in the facilitation of the running and maintaining of virtual teams across the globe has a great impact on the global economy. The transfer of knowledge across various borders as a result of collaboration has resulted to better skilled workforce and hence improved wages in various countries whose citizens are part of the virtual teams or the maintenance staff of the virtual collaboration infrastructure.
Citizens of countries with weak economic prowess have been able to acquire…… [Read More]
When portals are designed to the specific requirements of Web 2.0 design objectives, companies with virtual teams are finding they can attain higher levels of shared task ownership as well. This is because there are significantly greater levels of trust overall throughout an organization based on the collective contributions of every member of a virtual and in-office team when they share their knowledge and information together (Mancini, 2010). Portals are not the catalyst of trust forming in virtual teams; transformational leadership is because it sets a standard of authenticity, transparency and by a leaders' example, sacrifice for the attainment of a greater goal (Balthazard, Waldman, Warren, 2009). Online tools including social networks, portals, and the e-mail accounts that fuel much of the content interchange all need to be galvanized with a shared vision of how to create virtual teams that trust each other and freely share their expertise and intelligence if the team is going to succeed. For many of the virtual teams that operate globally today, social networks' influence on entirely new approaches to communicating interactively are slowly overtaking e-mail as the dominant platform for interactive communication (Turban, Liang, Wu, 2011). The reliance on private Facebook groups, password-protected Twitter accounts and the increasing reliance on private label social networking platforms are overtaking the role of e-mail in daily conversations online (Bernoff, Li, 2008). An example of an application that has been specifically designed to capitalize on the social networking usability lessons learned is Salesforce.com Chatter, which combines the interactive communication aspects of Twitter with a Facebook-like screen layout and application structure. Chatter is now replacing traditional Outlook e-mail in many of Salesforce.com's largest customers including Qualcomm who claims Chatter increased their cost savings in it by up to 60%, according to a quote on the Salesforce.com website. Figure 2, Chatter from Salesforce.com shows how Facebook-like this interface is and how the interior flow of information is very similar to Twitter as well. Marc Benioff, during the company's annual DreamForce event in San Francisco chose to launch a free edition of Chatter to all customers so they could immediately begin using it. The result has…… [Read More]
Online Collaboration: How and Why?
What is Online Collaboration?
Online Collaboration bases the system on what have been started by the earlier PC networking system. Users in certain local area and other network are capable to communicate each other on their PC by swapping files and mails in text file, although during the early time it was limited to text data in small size. As technology has developed more sophisticated facilities, it is possible for people to use the complete system to transfer information anywhere in seconds, enabling people to cut time and travel and having the whole work, outline, discussions and commands transferred through the wire.
People are depended on computers to connect to each other nowadays. With the emergence of the internet, many industries will find an open door to spread the news and support the growth to anywhere in the world. Controlling the whole world's business will need the most effective way to unite people in the entire organization. The technology has offered its capability to contact a group of people and bring them in a forum where they can chat, send messages, transfer file, and perform exactly like what they do on a traditional meeting, only this one is done through the net.
Online collaboration varies on several kinds of usages. According to Levitt (2002), IT projects nowadays have employed collaboration from sending and receiving emails, instant message, team work space, video conferencing, and portals, that enable closed community to share content and application for real projects.
People work in many brand new occasion and location in the world; day-by-day portable computers are more in demand due to the high mobility tendency of the community. Many people even work as remote workers where they work thousands miles away from the office but still in need to communicate to their headquarters. On the other hand, the company may also need to monitor the workers inside and outside the office, but whenever they need a meeting. It requires an advanced and solid networking system to make everything in control.
According to Laiserin (2000), when personal computer was in the early age like Mac OS and Microsoft DOS, it had very limited processing power,…… [Read More]
technological trends of wireless communication, industry status, and job value it offers in the professional workforce.
Wireless technology provides a real-time solution to the mobility of communication protocols such as voice and data exchange/transfer. This was made possible with the utilization of devices like smart phones and computer networks that employ the technology of transfer via satellite or via technological innovations such as the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WAP, and Wireless-Internet-On-A-Chip. Hence, wireless technology brought the advent of state-of-the-art wireless communication.
Wireless communication allows communication anytime, anywhere, and in cases nowadays, in many modes. Before, the most advanced form of communication perhaps was the telephone, whereby two persons from different locations are able to communicate real-time. Soon after, computers with network connections, such as the Internet, became the mode of communication, characterized by efficiency offering cheap cost of communication. And as technology continuously advances, along with the increasing distribution of information, more and more developments of new and better products and services are the focus of every company in the industry.
Wireless communication is rapidly growing in its technological elements of wireless products and the number of consumers who need an efficient kind of technology. The impact of its development and the importance it brings to many consumers is undeniably evident in the demand for more wireless data capabilities.
The Demand for Wireless Communication - The Anytime, Anywhere Access
For some years now, wireless communication has emerged as the most promising development in the industry of information technology and communication services. Due to a wide range of mobile and wireless handheld products that allow access and communication of data from any location, many professionals are now driven with the desire of having the ability of sending and receiving information, whether personal or work related, anytime and anywhere. Some of the devices that provide the convenience of communication mobility are notebook computers, handheld palmtops, and mobile/cellular phones.
Aside from the increasing rate of the demand in wireless handheld products, the pace of wireless networks that provide connectivity to these products also grows. The role at which wireless networks play in the age of information mobility is essential and inseparable. As new technologies are continuously being developed, more competing networks will become available for users to choose from.…… [Read More]
Online Collaborative Tools
Collaboration is the focal point of business and its management in a workplace. Whereas effectual and sustainable collaboration needs face-to-face contact, the majority of the collaborative work usually depends on virtual collaboration, which is through telephone, emails or other online resources and tools. It is crucial for tools that enhance collaboration to be easy to use, mutually convenient and with remarkably little risk. This should be so because of the fact that it is being applied on an environment that is time constrained and information heavy (Duarte & Snyder, 2006).
Collaboration using online tools is increasing, with the advancement of technology, and as organizations are in the process of realizing the use and advantages of the internet, in conducting virtual meetings like the use of teleconference. Organizations should come up with a guideline on how to use and when not use these tools. Collaboration technology foresees future innovations and supports everyday activities such as administrative and management work. Collaborative technology includes mobile phones, computers and laptops. However, collaborative technology, may fail to meet the criteria for adoption. There are many qualities that should be considered for collaboration (Duarte & Snyder, 2006). The aim of this essay is to describe what is usually considered in selecting the appropriate tool, and find out which tool is inappropriate or appropriate for various task groups.
Choosing The Appropriate Tool for Consideration
Collaboration involves different phases and processes to finalize it that takes quite a period of time (Camarinha-Matos, Afsarmanesh, H & Ollus, 2008). This is because it involves starting and forming a collaboration team, writing its goals and selecting the relevant collaboration tool (Camarinha-Matos, Afsarmanesh, H & Ollus, 2008). Planning is also involved for the collaboration which requires brainstorming on certain ideas, assigning different roles for each individual involved in the collaboration, scheduling and so on (Matthews, Moran, Whittaker & Yang, 2011). Executing requires turning ideas into practical things that will accomplish the goal. Reporting is involved to share on the different findings on the individual tasks assigned…… [Read More]
Specialized Training Required
Specialized Equipment Needed
Workflow Types best Suited for the Technology
Task Complexity Best Suited for the Technology
Synchronicity of the Technology
Core Advantages of the Technology
Limitations of the Technology
Computer, internet access, video camera, microphone, and speakers
This technology is best suited for conducting meetings with people who are geographically dispersed (Kear, Chetwynd, Williams, & Donelan, 2012), allowing them to communicate as if they were sitting next to one another. Video conferencing allows for the transmission of information in more than one way, which ensures people receive the information much better.
Improves communication because it allows participants to view non-verbal communication of the other participants (Denstadli, Julsrud, & Hjorthol, 2012). Restores many visual cues that would not be visible with audio conferencing or e-mail. Using video conferencing productivity is increased, because it eliminates the long conference calls. Document sharing and group collaboration is greatly increased. It reduces the need for people to travel to different locations in order to hold meetings and discussions, which reduces the travel expenditure of a company.
Video conferencing facilities and equipment can be expensive and everyone who will be attending the meeting would need the requisite hardware and software. For a reliable and uninterrupted meeting, there is need for a fast and reliable internet connection. There is potential for a slight delay between responses even with a fast internet connection. If a participant has any hardware breakdowns, they would not manage to attend or participate in the meeting. With people in different time zones across the world, some participants would be forced to stay up all night in order to attend the meeting or discussion. In board room, the camera might not be able to see all the parts of the room. Therefore, some people might not be easily seen at the meeting.
Internet access, computer, mobile phone,
Best suited for quick responses to a question. Allows for private communications between colleagues irrespective of geographical location. Instant messaging allows for an efficient and effective communication providing immediate receipt and reply.
Allows for real-time communication between two or more people located in any part of the world and they do not have to…… [Read More]
Virtual Collaboration Techniques
The differences between virtual organizations and the traditional brick and mortar ones
The Antecedents for a successful virtual collaboration
The advantages of virtual collaboration
Disadvantages of virtual collaboration
Virtual collaboration is indicated by Chen, Volt and Lin (77) to involve the processes of collaboration between team members who are involved in working towards the achievement of a common goal, in a classroom or a workplace setting. Virtual collaboration, they noted also refers to the employment of digital technologies that are engaged to enable individuals and organizations in the planning, designing, development, management, research on various products and services in a collaborative fashion using innovative e-commerce and general IT applications.
The concept of virtual collaboration is extensively used in organizations that have virtual teams and especially in the arena of product development in companies that are geographically dispersed (Baxendale and Mellor 96). Another application of virtual; collaboration is in virtual learning/long distance learning (Richard 197; Lisa and Wallace 345;Joiner 197). Employees are noted to be resorting to non-traditional alternatives to work and educational settings.
Virtual collaboration techniques
A virtual team is defined by Hellriegal and Slocum (229) as a group of individuals who collaborate via certain information technologies on a single or more projects but while located in different geographical locations. It is important for concise, clear as well as mutually acceptable goals to exist in a virtual team setting. The ability to carry out an effective communication is noted as the main glue that holds a given team together. The lack of clear as well as continuous communication as well as a clear mutual set of goals and guidelines is noted as one of the factors that leads to failure of virtual teams.
Qureshi and Zigurs (85) noted that successful virtualization in the corporate environment does not depend on the level of technological sophistication but rather on how the tools are used. These are some of the paradoxes of virtual…… [Read More]
Group activities play an important role in the classroom. However, learning in the e-classroom typically takes place on an individual level, with students in different buildings and settings. With some effort, these elements can still be, and must be, a part of the student's classroom experience. The teacher can facilitate this type of interaction with some planning and ingenuity.
Online debates can take place in chat rooms or through video-conferencing software such as elluminateLive!, a web conferencing tool specifically designed for the e-learning environment. The teacher can simulate the one-on-one interaction that is present in the brick and mortar classroom. There are many elements that are similar to holding classroom debates and activities that are similar to the brick and mortar classroom. It is important to establish the ground rules of the discussion and make certain that students are polite to one another. The teacher must act as moderator and make certain that the students keep to the topic. As with the brick and mortar classroom, the teacher might have to take an active role in making certain that all students are engaging in the conversation and the no one is being left out. Teachers should encourage interaction between the students in forums and chats outside of the classroom in order to build comraderie among the students.
The e-learning environment can be a challenging venue for both the teacher and the students. The reason for the suggestions chosen in the powerpoint presentation stem from those with considerable experience in the online learning environment. Online learning is not new and there are many successes and failures that can help both teachers and students learn how to make the most of the opportunities that the online environment represents. Many of these suggestions focus on the need to maintain relationships and the extra effort that it takes to do so. Learning from the successes and mistakes of others is the most important element in the design on an online learning environment. These suggestions will help teachers devise a program that will be optimal for their student's learning success.
The Secrets of Successful Online Teaching
Powerpoint Presentation Outline
A. Common misconception - Teaching is teaching regardless of venue, there is no difference between the online and brick…… [Read More]