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Literacy & Learning Symposium

  1. 1. VIDEOCONFERENCING … ONE GREAT TOOL, OF MANY IN THE TOOL BOX Bill Fricker; Bonne Journee Strategies 780-473-1034
  2. 2. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Oct 31 – venues </li></ul><ul><li>Four pillars + one hot topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural economic development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st /last mile </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. CwoB – My role re VC <ul><li>Director (from cinema director per Wikipedia) </li></ul><ul><li>oversee creative aspects </li></ul><ul><li>develop and carry out the vision </li></ul><ul><li>conduct rigorous rehearsals </li></ul><ul><li>work closely with the producer(s) </li></ul><ul><li>approve camera angles, lens effects, lighting, and set design </li></ul><ul><li>involved in writing, financing, and editing </li></ul><ul><li>tell the story </li></ul>
  4. 4. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Oct 31 virtual meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>22 VC sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>28 sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presenters at 14 Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 session chairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>236 Registered participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6.5 hours duration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print media (ppt handouts and reports) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>distributed in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simultaneous webcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record sessions (archives &podcasts) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Areas Video </li></ul>
  5. 5. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Three VC tests </li></ul><ul><li>GOA Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Business Link and NAIT – webcast and podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Elluminate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Session logistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text archive </li></ul></ul>Approximate map; some sites differed
  6. 6. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Promotion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail power circles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio stations’ blitz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ACCESS TV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ropin the Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call of the Land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agri-News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Government links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dozens of other associations </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Registered participant analysis </li></ul><ul><li>{our demographics} </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government - 3 tiers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adult </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>K-12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Participating sites Education : Dave Hinger VcAlberta Lethbridge Video (7:27) PowerPoint First Mile : Mike Hocken Bell Canada Edson Video (4:46) PowerPoint Health : Dr Chris Sarin First Nations Elbow Valley Healing Lodge Video Part 2 (6:30) PowerPoint Welcome : Doug Griffiths, MLA Alberta ARD Edmonton Video (9:25) Economic Activity : Special Areas Video Hanna Video (6:10) Part 2 Quality of Life : Mayor Kevin Edwards Clicsite project Three Hills Video (9:13) PowerPoint Click on the Video and PowerPoint links to see some sample podcasts of our videoconference on “ Using rural connectivity to support Alberta’s rural development strategy ” or click on session title to view each one hour session in full.. Thank You Interviews (9:58) Close (8:03)
  9. 9. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Numerical scale – each topic area – generally positive feedback (3’s and 4’s on 5-point scale) </li></ul><ul><li>Some comments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Very interesting day – very impressive exercise” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Really makes it a small world!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Look forward to further involvement & participation” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Appreciate that this VC conference was organized with so many good speakers” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued on next slide </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. CwoB – Oct 31, 2008 Virtual Meeting <ul><li>Some comments, continued: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I believe the event will become part of many discussions” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The people in Hanna were very happy to have the printed handouts, as it was particularly difficult to see the Power point presentations on the VC” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The use of Elluminate was very good … if any issues were to occur, we’d be back up shortly” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Too bad that not every site muted their microphones … the background hum was loud” </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. CwoB – March 17, 2009 Inaugural Meeting <ul><li>VC differences (from Oct 31/08) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18 sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 plenary sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2.5 hours duration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AGM and decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to form a society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dominant site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>– full screen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Voice activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to change sites </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. CwoB – a Society … <ul><li>Mission: To improve access to and utilization of broadband technology by connecting community champions and assisting them in building capacity in Alberta communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision: Looks toward the accomplishment of Broadband Connectivity that is value added, service oriented, easily accessible and responsive to the needs of the Alberta Community. </li></ul><ul><li>Values: The Communities without Boundaries Board of Directors works in a collaborative and accountable manner, celebrating diversity, practicing open communication and respecting the diverse interests and perspectives of each member's autonomy and work outside of CwoB. </li></ul>
  13. 13. CwoB – Why the Tool Box Metaphor? (Aka Lessons Learned/Affirmed) <ul><li>VC should not be a 100% replacement of any previous mode </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipate the best message/medium combination (choose the best tool for the job) </li></ul><ul><li>Recording is great, but requires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>permissions to be obtained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>post-event processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>host site to be found, and maintained </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>note - avoid for meetings where speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>one’s mind is expected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued on next slide </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. CwoB – Why the Tool Box Metaphor? (Aka Lessons Learned/Affirmed) <ul><li>Establish maximum site information – i.e. Service Level Agreement (IT jargon) to identify and record – IP address, technical contact info, VC system info, contingency contact, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Know, and possibly integrate, web conferencing, Skype, and others from the growing cadre of free/near-free conferencing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Engage and champion all VC sites; </li></ul><ul><li>both Oct 31 and March 17 VCs had </li></ul><ul><li>no “center stage” </li></ul><ul><li>Continued on next slide </li></ul>
  15. 15. CwoB – Why the Tool Box Metaphor? (Aka Lessons Learned/Affirmed) <ul><li>Recognize and contribute to the strong commitment among VC sites in Alberta to experiment and “grow the technology” </li></ul><ul><li>Consider some face-to-face opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Regardless of the size of your VC event, allow for Direction (aka planning) </li></ul><ul><li>Test, Test, and Test again , prior to </li></ul><ul><li>the event; keep active contingencies </li></ul><ul><li>available as much as possible and practical </li></ul>
  16. 16. CwoB – for further info … <ul><li> - innovative Communities Connecting and Networking </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> Alberta’s Videoconferencing Regional Leads Network </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> The Business Link </li></ul><ul><li>VC Bridge services – Government of Alberta </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-12 – [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care and Post Secondary – [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. CwoB – for further info … <ul><li> Free online conferencing —audio, video, presentations, whiteboard and beyond (Fricker & Harapniuk) </li></ul><ul><li> - Multimodal Curriculum Delivery in Distance Education (King & Fricker) </li></ul><ul><li> several conferencing examples available </li></ul><ul><li> numerous podcasts and ppt files of past VC sessions; plus additional information </li></ul>
  18. 18. What’s next? <ul><li>A lberta A cts on C limate C hange Virtual Conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tentatively planned for the first two weeks of March 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key target participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Albertans interested in climate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>issues … </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with an interest in expert opinions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with opportunities for education </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and action </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>business opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>collaborations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>AACC </li></ul>AACC