Thanks for all who participated in an interesting seminar! Don’t forget the next seminar at Kitee on 21.11.2007 (see http://clint.wisdomoftheworld.com/?p=77)
We still need some work on figuring out the best ways to handle video and audio in this environment (especially for people who wish to join us from developing countries), but at least this represents a start at trying to include people at a distance in these PhD seminars.
I’m sure one day we will look back and think about how primitive these tools are, but for now it is the best we have.
- Report by Erkki’s trip to South Africa & Discussion with Marjo from San Diego (unfortunately, although we could hear her great, the mic didn’t record Marjo very well as we tried to capture her voice from Skype into Adobe Connect): (Duration – 00:31:36) http://connectpro64128288.emea
- Introduction to Temtim (his connection was not working, so I used some material that he gave me in advance to introduce him) and report on our paper that I presented in Sweden (Duration – 00:06:07) http://connectpro64128288.emea
- Discussion led by Javier regarding how to better reorganize the existing EdTech and IMPDET web pages. (Duration – 00:31:36) http://connectpro64128288.emea
- Discussion led by Clint about research by the Gallup organization regarding what is it that people have in common who are excellent at what they do (in business, education, sports, entertainment, etc.). We discussed the one thing they found these people had in common. (Duration – 00:24:50) – For part of this time (starting at about 00:17:00) we broke into groups and I do not think anyone will want to watch that part. http://connectpro64128288.emea
- Continuation of the previous discussion…reporting on each others strengths. (Javier also suggested a questionnaire for anyone to take which helps you identify your strengths – can be found by clicking on this sentence) (Duration – 00:14:41) http://connectpro64128288.emea
- Presentation by Andres about his research in Tanzania (his audio was not very consistent for us, but you can actually hear the first parts of it better once his slide show starts in the recording than we did in real life). Once you are viewing it, you can also see in the “file share” pod a document called presentation.pdf – click on it and save it to your computer, or you can also find it as an attachment on my blog entry about this PhD day. He has requested that we please review the presentation document and email him any feedback you have for his research! (Duration – 00:17:34) http://connectpro64128288.emea
I have some questions for you now:
- Did you watch any of these?
- Were they helpful?
- Should we continue to do this?
- Any other suggestions/ideas to make it better?
1. I watched a part of the first one. My impression is that it *looks* great.
2. I was using such a slow connection that it took more than 20 minutes to just get the windows load. Couldn’t watch the actual stuff because of the slow connection. I guess that a lot of Africa shares this problem. I’ll try again when I’m at Tumaini with a bit faster connection. In there too I’ll need to wait until other people go home so that the connection is not that burdened.
3. I say yes: It may turn out to be great when using it becomes routine.
4. None. I must admit that I was || this close to not even try it because usually new technological stuff doesn’t work and all the time goes into just trying to get them work. Now judging by how the system looks like I believe it might actually work (if it works 😉
Did you watch any of these? I watched most of it but had major problems to follow due to limited bandwidth and seems adobe connect requires relatively good and stabile connection
Were they helpful?
I enjoy being included in the meeting even if I can’t follow fully. Good that Andres shared his slides in advance.
Should we continue to do this?
We should definetly continue it very valuable for a remote person like myself
Any other suggestions/ideas to make it better?
The more planned the sessions are the more prepared we can get with slides, discussion topics etc so that we can contribute even if there is some connectivity problems. Worth considering would be having it after office hours when fewer people are fighting for the limited bandwidth
Thanks a lot for the session and the report of the session.
It’s valuable not only for remote persons, but also when you want to review (e.g. what waste you produced). Great.
During the seminar, I’ve seen people trying to connect (e.g. elina) but didn’t really stay.