Cisco Buys Webex

Tony Karrer

Just saw this : Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it was finally adding voice capabilities to its Live Communication Server. And now Cisco is adding hosted collaboration to compete with Microsoft's hosted service known as Live Meeting. This makes me wonder what these systems will start to look like in a couple of years and whether folks like Elluminate will be able to compete

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Harold Jarche » Yugma free web conferencing

Harold Jarche

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Blog Post: Zoom as a platform for virtual Knowledge Caf?s

David Gurteen

I think Zoom will most likely replace Skype, Google Hangouts and many of the corporate webinar platforms such as Webex and Adobe Connect over the coming few years. By David Gurteen I mentioned last month that I was experimenting with a potential virtual Knowledge Café platform - Zoom Meetings. Well I am delighted to say that the two experiments I ran clearly demonstrated that Zoom was more than up to the task.

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1st update on 10 Tools Challenge 2013

Jane Hart

32- Adobe Connect 50- Blackboard Collaborate 54- WebEx. It has been good to see the varied interest in the 10 Tools Challenge both on my blog and Twitter as well as on other social channels – so here are a few updates.

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Examples of eLearning 2.0

Clark Quinn

During my presentation last Thursday that was an introduction to eLearning 2.0 as part of an online event for the eLearningGuild, I mentioned a few common ways that I've seen eLearning 2.0

Hybrid Worlds

Luis Suarez

If you have been using Zoom, WebEx, Slack, Jive, HCL Connections, Chatter, MangoApps, Confluence, or any other collaborative tool for that matter with them their first question coming back is typically this one: ‘ Why aren’t we using MS Teams for this?

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Telepresence

Jay Cross

Cisco WebEx’s Bob Lee and I had a brief session after lunch today: src="[link]. Back in 2000, a bunch of us at a session of eLearning Forum debated whether technology could ever make online sessions as good as being there.

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Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Raptivity KnowledgePresenter Brainshark Presentations Respondus Elicitus WebEx Presentation Studio Vuepoint Content Creator Adobe Acrobat Connect (Pro/Br. Respondus Harbinger Knowledge WebEx Communicatio.

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Second Life and Learning

Tony Karrer

However, I think that the next generation of Second Life will displace tools like WebEx for many online events. I just read through a great post by Rich Hoeg which talks about his learning around Second Life.

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Webinar Software - Adoption Advice

Clark Quinn

WebEx enjoys the largest market share with 42.6% of Guild members that use a SLS indicating that they use WebEx Training Center. Good question about adoption of webinar software / services - this time from someone who went to my workshop in Cincinnati - Revolution in Workplace Learning - who by the way - called it "awesome."

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016

Luis Suarez

Every year, and for the last 10 years, which is a huge achievement in this day and age, if you ask me, Jane Hart puts together this wonderful list of Top 100 Tools for Learning , where she encourages everyone to fill in a form , or tweet further along, or even create your own blog post, where you’d be listing your Top 10 Tools for Learning, indicating whether each of those tools would be fitting in under the following categories: . Top 100 Tools for Education – for use in schools, colleges, universities, adult ed . Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning – for use in training, for performance support, social collaboration, etc. Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning – for self-organised learning. Now, I guess it’s never too late to dive in into such an interesting exercise that would definitely help you question how you learn, at work or in one’s own personal life. I mean, even though Jane has been running this exercise for a decade I think this is the first time I’m chipping in. I suppose better late than never, right? The voting for this year is well under way and folks can cast their vote(s) till Friday 23rd, September 2016. So I thought for today’s blog post I’d put together my own list and share it further along. I can’t wait to see what that list would be like say, in 5 to 10 years from now, and whether my tools selection I’m sharing across today would differ much over time. Something tells me that a good number of them won’t even have a place anymore in the landscape of options I’d go for to accommodate my learning needs, but we shall see. Needless to say it’s been a bit of a challenge as well to try to summarise my own Top Tools List for Learning down to just 10, more than anything else, because of how varied and mixed my very own learning needs and wants have become over the course of the last few years. So from the initial list of 40 different tools I eventually came down to the following 10 for 2016, where I have just selected them based purely on learning terms versus other key elements such as productivity, life hacks, curation, content management, etc. etc. . I have also taken the liberty of adding a brief paragraph for each of the tools themselves to explain a little bit how I use them to help cover my learning needs, but I’m pretty sure that, over the course of time, I will be talking plenty more in detail about each and everyone of them, plus the other 30 I have left behind for now, in order to share across how I, eventually, get work done WHILE I learn, because that’s what matters at the end of the day, doesn’t it? Adapting to living live in perpetual beta , as my good friend, Harold Jarche would say… So here we go: . Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016. IBM Connections : [ Education and Personal & Professional Learning ] Like I have blogged just recently, ‘ Learning is the Work ’, and since IBM Connections is where I spend nowadays vast majority of my time, while working with clients, it would be my number #1 tool for this year. And more than anything else, because, a long time ago, I realised that one of my main sources where my learning comes from is, basically, the clients I work with. They are my main source that keeps feeding my brain on a daily basis and that, thanks to them, plenty of the blog posts you see over here, in this blog, are direct reflections of those key learnings. At one point in time, I believed rather strongly that the moment you stop learning from your clients, that’s the moment that you are in trouble and it’d be a good thing to perhaps move on to better things. IBM Connections becomes then my number #1 Learning tool for 2016. Twitter : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] Coming up, and pretty close, as my number #2 Learning tool, it would be Twitter. And for obvious reasons, specially, after I did a little experiment, which I blogged about under the heading ‘ Is Twitter Where Connections Go to Die – The Unfollowing Experiment ’. There will be a specific blog post coming up where I will talk more in detail about what has happened in the last year since I embarked in that experiment, but suffice to say that Twitter has become my main Personal Learning Network of choice and for absolutely everything, whether it’s work related, personal, global events, news items, etc. etc. It’s become my main glimpse into the Pulse of the Planet , as I used to call it back in the day. I have always sensed the moment I decide to leave Twitter behind, for whatever the reason(s), that’s the moment a little bit of me will die off as well. It’s become my preferred method of just pure learning , whether work related or not, just for the sake of it, which would probably explain a little bit further along why I’m so picky with it in terms of defining how I would want to use it to get the most out of it outside from the standards and expectations everyone seems to be conforming with. Slack : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] Ok, I realised I haven’t blogged much about Slack per se, unless it’s been in connection with something else, but right now, for 2016, it’s my number #3 learning tool of choice and for multiple reasons… If there is a single word I could utilise to describe my own use of Slack, it would probably be flexibility , more than anything else, because I’m using Slack for work with different project teams, as well as participating in a number of different communities of practice, or of interest, as well as one of my favourite use cases, that one of a personal knowledge hub , but I will blog plenty more about it over the course of time, not to worry. For now though, it’s my number #3 learning tool for this year. WordPress (blogs) : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] It’s been powering this blog for over a decade and still going strong! It’s this blog that I have always considered an extension of my own brain, my own reflections, ideas and thoughts, along with experiences, about everything that I learn on a daily basis, so, of course, WordPress had to come up within the Top 5 tools list for learning and, in this case, at number #4. It’s also the main blogging platform that vast majority of the blogs I follow through my blogroll are using at the moment. To me, a non techie, it’s the easiest and most effective blogging platform out there, with a huge community to offer support and learning along the way and, above all, the most effective tool, in the long run, to help your manage your own personal knowledge. That powerful. Feedly : [ Education and Personal & Professional Learning ] Since I rely quite heavily on reading and commenting on different blogs, as well as receiving news items from different various Web sources, one learning tool that I just can’t do without, and which, in this case, comes up as number #5, is Feedly, my preferred RSS news feed reader. Yes, I still use RSS feeds and quite a lot! Remember them ? From the good old days of the Web 2.0, it’s still very much alive and kicking and, to me, an integral part of my day to day learning activities to keep me in the know about what’s going on with the blogs and Web sites I am subscribed to. I mostly use Feedly on my iOS devices (both iPad Pro and iPhone), but on the Mac I don’t use Feedly, but Reeder , which is also available in iOS, where I’d only use it for when I’m offline for an extended period of time, like being stuck on a plane for several hours on a business trip. The great thing about RSS news feed readers is that there are tons of choices out there , and it’d be just your own personal choice to go for the one that works for you the best, pretty much like you would do with your own Web browser of choice. . Pocket [ Personal & Professional Learning ]: Coming up as number #6 is one of my all time favourite Apps, accessible via both the regular Web browser and iOS, it’s become an essential application to help me keep up with #longreads, or more in-depth items, I’d want to read and learn from with more pause and while disconnected, taking my time , allowing me to reflect on a deeper level what I am learning about. At the same time, and since not long ago, it acts as a superb tool for curation where you can recommend the best reads you may bump into that you’d want to share across, so your learning becomes everyone’s learning. It’s got a gorgeous user interface making the learning more focused on what you are reading, rather than trying to figure out the tool. Essential for the to – read-later fans. . Skype : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] I think I may have been using Skype for well over a decade and, despite everything that may have happened throughout all of that time, it still remains within my top 10 list of tools for whatever the purpose. It’s the main learning tool I keep using on a regular basis for both audio and video conferencing, for podcasting, for vodcasting, for reaching out to people (either 1:1 or 1:many), so I can keep up with them and learn what they have been up to and despite other noteworthy efforts, like WhatsApp, Google Plus Hangouts, Blab, Viber, Tango, FaceTime, Zoom, Fuze, WebEx, Vyew, GoToMeeting, etc. etc. (It’s a far too long list already!) Skype is the only one I can continue to use reliably with good quality of both video and audio, and, most importantly, knowing it will always be there, while some others just don’t manage to pick up enough steam and therefore disappear into thin air over time, sadly. . Instagram / Flickr : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] Back in the day, over 11 years ago, for number #8 I would have selected Flickr as my preferred tool to learn about how people live AND experience life, both on a personal and work levels. But in 2016, while I still use Flickr a fair bit, things have switched and I would now have to go for Instagram. It’s my photoblog where I try to share what I experience during the course of a given week, not just when I’m on the road, traveling, but also while living in Gran Canaria. It’s become my window to show the world a little bit of my world and therefore for me to learn plenty more about everyone’s world. I’m a visual animal and can then spend a fair amount of time learning different tidbits about the different photos people share through my Instagram feed, more than anything as an opportunity to help me cultivate and nurture my own social capital skills, so I can then put them into work when meeting up wonderful folks face to face to talk, share and learn about those mutual experiences of the pictures we share. Yes, I know, you may have noticed I got a thing for Instagram, and I surely do. It’s the only social networking tool from the Dark Social Web (a.k.a. platform monopolists ) that I still use on a regular basis to keep me on my toes and remind me why I left that Social Web behind a long while ago (Facebook, LinkedIn, Pulse, Slideshare, Uber, Airbnb, etc. etc.) and why we still have got a long way to go to realise the so-called Web 2.0 spirit in its full potential and reach. Haiku Deck : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] I am pretty sure that plenty of folks would probably choose between either PowerPoint or Slideshare as one of their preferred Top Tools for Learning in 2016. Perhaps not only for the creation and curation of their own presentations they may have done for a particular conference event, or a client engagement, but also to learn about a whole lot of different topics by curating other people’s decks. Well, in my case, it’s been nearly three years since I last uploaded a presentation into Slideshare and quite a long while ago as well last time I went there to learn about specific subject matter or themes. For the creation of my own presentations, I don’t use PowerPoint either, but rely more on Keynote (Mac & iOS), specially, if offline, but since I’m mostly online when crafting a presentation or learning about other’s presentations I usually resort to Haiku Deck. It’s my preferred learning tool to put together different stories that then, eventually, end up in a presentation and the reason why I heart it quite a bit is because I can always manage to find some stunning visual aids that would go really nice with the story, in a heartbeat, and therefore makes the job of having to find that perfect snap shot painless. That’s why Haiku Deck is my number #9 top tool for learning in 2016. . YouTube : [ Education, Workplace Learning and Personal & Professional Learning ] And, finally, my top tool number #10 would go to YouTube. Yes, I know and realise most of you would be a tad surprised I’ve picked up YouTube as one of my Top Tools for Learning in 2016, but I use it quite frequently, either on my MacBook Air, iPhone or iPad for almost every type of learning aid: whether it’s a podcast, a vodcast, a screencast, a tutorial, a MOOC, a review, a presentation and / or a dissertation, interviews, book reviews, music videos, funny videos, etc. etc. and you name it, YouTube does it for me. And since there is a lovely hack everyone can use to download either the video or just the audio of the clip for offline watching it makes for the perfect companion when being disconnected for a while and having to catch up with a particular presentation, video, podcast / vodcast, etc. Yes, indeed, YouTube makes it into my Top 10 list of learning tools for 2016. . And that’s a wrap! That’s my list of Top 10 Tools for Learning for 2016. But before I let you all go I wanted to mention, perhaps, how my favourite learning tool this year, and without a doubt, although it doesn’t have much to do with software or a specific service, is a piece of hardware, or, better said, two pieces of hardware: my iPad Pro and my iPhone. Why am I saying that? Well, because for the very first time in a long while 2016 is the year where I have gone mobile with my own learning, regardless of whenever, or wherever I may well be and that’s, probably, as good as it gets as I can now take my own learning where I’d want to, or need to, and not be attached to a specific setting, computing device and what not. Just me and my own learning activities on my own space , the way it should have always been. How about you? Have you put together your own Top 10 Tools list for Learning for 2016 yet? What are you waiting for? Collaboration Communities General Interest Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Open Business Open Leadership Productivity Tools Tools and Gadgets

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One-way conferencing in a two-way world

Jay Cross

It wouldn’t be hard for WebEx, Adobe, Centra, Elluminate Blackboard, or their peers to provide a default conferencing environment that mirrors best practices for interactive meetings instead of mimicking what went on in yesteryear’s boring one-way workshops and classrooms.

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eLearning Predictions Further Thoughts

Tony Karrer

You can access a WebEx recording of the presentation here: https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=58772167&rKey=9ac6286700094e6f I agree that access of virtual worlds needs to be as simple as getting into a WebEx session. But it’s amazing that WebEx doesn’t have avatars for participants or any sense of space. virtual world, WebEx type product. I recently posted my Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 and did a presentation on the topic.

What Makes an LMS Easy to Use?

Tony Karrer

They are doing a combination of virtual classroom training (via WebEx) and self-paced eLearning. I’ll have more coming on this topic, but today someone asked me how to approach is going through an LMS selection because the general feeling was that the existing LMS was too hard for users to use. In this case, it’s customer training around products that the company sells. They currently use Moodle as an LMS with some customizations.

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Well Played, Blackboard

George Siemens

Adobe Connect has somewhat of an academic presence, but it has seen far more success in corporate settings, similar to WebEx and GoToMeeting. While Blackboard is unable to write a press release that includes clear statements like “we have purchased these companies&# , I have to give the company credit for the acquisition of Elluminate (and Wimba). With increased competition and general maturity of the market, Blackboard made what is likely its most important acquisition to date.

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The Ability to Lead Remote Employees Will Become the Next 2.0 Skill

Dan Pontefract

Do you have a platform such as Webex , LiveMeeting , Elluminate or Centra that allows this? Winter Olympic fever has enveloped my beloved city of Vancouver , but I’ve managed to take a break from the action to opine about an issue that clearly needs more than a mere blog post to help modify or even evolve. Whether small, medium or large in size, organizations have been or are set to grapple with remote based leadership issues.

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Using Webinars to Increase Employee Engagement

TOPYX LMS

In addition to linking to webinar tools, like GoToMeeting and Webex, a fully hosted learning management system like TOPYX LMS includes features such as…. Sometimes it seems like the cure for low employee engagement doesn’t exist. Company leaders and L&D decision makers spend countless hours trying to find a solution to employee disengagement. While some companies have discovered the key to their employees’ hearts and minds , others are still wondering where to start.

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One Week to Select an LMS – No Way

Tony Karrer

They are doing a combination of virtual classroom training (via WebEx) and self-paced eLearning. There has been fantastic comments around Learning Management System Easy of Use. This post was based on an inquiry that I received from someone who manages their current LMS implementation that is based on Moodle with some customization. They do customer training around products that the company sells.

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Webinar Software - Adoption Advice

Tony Karrer

WebEx enjoys the largest market share with 42.6% of Guild members that use a SLS indicating that they use WebEx Training Center. Good question about adoption of webinar software / services - this time from someone who went to my workshop in Cincinnati - Revolution in Workplace Learning - who by the way - called it "awesome."

Travel Budget Slashes, Meeting Crunch and Going Virtual

Nancy White

Not far behind in its clunkiness is WebEx , which makes passing the control baton something of a high wire act. I’ve had the best luck with their integrated VoIP and their breakout rooms, while still a bit tricky, are much easier for me than WebEx.

Second Life as a Learning Tool

Tony Karrer

Now that Second Life has audio, there is a really interesting capability to have natural break-outs during online sessions that just never seems to work well in the current batch of tools, e.g., WebEx, LiveMeeting, etc.

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Profile Photo

Tony Karrer

Add it to your Elluminate and WebEx profiles. I'm actively engaged in all kinds of sites that can be roughly described as social networking. Through this, and because of my My LinkedIn Open Connection Approach where I basically treat LinkedIn like a really big business mixer, I have lots of opportunity to "meet" new people online. My guess is that about 25% of the people I run into do not have a profile photo.

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Web Conferencing Services

Tony Karrer

I found a Google doc via delicious that I have a feeling wasn't intended to be public, but it has such a wonderful comparison of the various web conferencing tools that I felt compelled to copy it here and as a new Google Doc in case the document goes away. I also noticed that Wikipedia has a page - Comparison of web conferencing software - but it doesn't have pricing and a few other columns.

Collaboration Tools

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned in Real-Time Collaborative Editing , I had a fantastic experience participating in group editing of a Mind Map of collaborative tools during a session at Learn Trends. You can see the result below. But it was interesting to see the results exported which I've embedded below.

SCORM Test

Tony Karrer

We talked about the SCORM test suite, SCORM test wrappers, and various test tools such as Trident , Reload player ([link] SCORM Test Track , remote debugging using tools like WebEx, HTTP traffic tracking with tools like Firebug , and some other things. There have been lots of good comments and discussion on the post Test SCORM Courses with an LMS : eLearning Technology. Well worth looking at some of them.

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Twitter and Webinars

Tony Karrer

So, both the webinar tool (Elluminate, WebEx, Adobe Connect, etc.) I recently complained that even after all these years, tools like Elluminate and WebEx still didn't provide the ability to have people put their pictures and other information on their profiles so you could find out more about the users. The last few online webinars I've attended there's been an interesting issue. Many of the participants are Twitter users who are becoming used to chatting via twitter.

Second Life and Learning - Tony O'Driscoll

Tony Karrer

I'm sure that once you add presence-based audio (meaning you can hear people who are close to you) that WebEx style systems will begin to look more like second life so you can have easier break-out sessions.

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eNapkin

Tony Karrer

Can run PowerPoint in Adobe Connect, WebEx or other virtual meeting software. I'm at the Dan Roam - The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures - keynote at DevLearn. You can find something similar here. What problems can we solve with pictures? All of them. We all know how to do this. Three quarters of our brain is dedicated to visual processing. After you hit age six or seven, in education we stop emphasizing visual thinking.

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Social Experience

Tony Karrer

Why the heck doesn't each tool – WebEx, Adobe Connect, Elluminate, etc. Interesting image from post by Dave White – Eventedness that relates to our social experience with different tools.

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Rapid eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

Rapid eLearning Tools Satisfaction from the eLearningGuild Research reported Feb 2007 - Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction See also Software Simulation Tools. Page update Mar 2008. When the above graphic was taken, it shows the overall satisfaction reported by eLearningGuild members about various tools. I was reminded of the various Brandon Hall shoot-outs.

The social media I use

Nancy White

WebEx and Live Meeting – take note! Recently I wrote a post that received a lot of attention - more than I would have expected: How I use social media. At the end of the post, I promised to write about WHAT social media I currently use. So here it is.

Profile Photos

Tony Karrer

Add it to your Elluminate and WebEx profiles. I received a response that I didn't expect on my post Profile Photo. In that post, I suggested that you should always add a profile photo: Don't join that new Ning group without attaching your photo. Because profile photos help me: Believe that you are a real person and begin to connect with you. Remember you. Believe you are serious. I also suggested that for business networking: Don't use anything other that photorealistic photos.

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New Learning Solutions

Tony Karrer

You would categorize the space from faceless (WebEx) to 3D/complex (Second Life) and your solution is this new category of approachable 3D. For the past 15 years, I've spent a lot of time working on start-ups both inside and outside the world of eLearning. As I mentioned in Blogger Outreach , I'm now getting quite a few emails that are announcements of new services, products, events, etc.

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Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: "Killer Apps" and Virtual Worlds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Applications like WebEx prove there is a need and a desire to collaborate. I would suggest that an easy to use version of WebEx, 100% browser based that connects anyone, anywhere at anytime has a lot of merit. Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects.

Firewalls and Security in Software as a Service

Tony Karrer

Elluminate did not work through several firewalls, so we had to switch to WebEx. One of the interesting outcomes of my recent course - Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Response 13 Crap software, terrible comms ie having to load software like webex and then make an international phone call.

LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

The requirements will be very specific items that you are looking for: Does your LMS work with WebEx as a virtual classroom tool to? Again - I would really welcome: Links to good templates or example RFPs. Suggestions on what else should go in here.

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Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary

Tony Karrer

Firewalls and restrictive corporate environments caused us considerable grief: Yahoo Groups were restricted in some corporate environments, Elluminate did not work through several firewalls, we had to switch to WebEx and that really goofed up the start of the course; Yahoo Toolbar (for MyWeb ) couldn't be installed on locked desktops. Background Over the past six weeks, I've been leading a course: Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0