Changing the face of post-secondary education with collaborative technology

Posted by Ariel Lam on Sep 13, 2016 2:24:50 PM

Online learning in some form or other has been a feature of universities and colleges as far back as 1994. Twenty years later with advancements that result in lower costs and better accessibility, technology has created a rather substantial shift in the way post-secondary institutions operate(1)

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Education

Video Conferencing Versus Web Conferencing. Choosing the Right Solution

Posted by Ariel Lam on May 27, 2016 10:49:18 AM

The terms Video Conferencing and Web Conferencing seem to be used interchangeably though they are really two different tools. Sure both conferencing technologies do essentially the same thing - bring people in disparate places together without the need to travel - but each ones does it a little differently, and each one has its optimal use case based on strengths. In this post we dig a little deeper into what differentiates video conferencing from web conferencing and the ideal situations for each.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Collaboration, Communication, Web Conferencing

Good Video Conferencing Experiences Lead to Great Adoption

Posted by Tara Cotter on May 6, 2016 9:10:27 AM

I used to try using a free video conferencing service to make business calls with colleagues. These were internal calls with people located in North America and Europe. Rarely did the calls go well, as one might expect with a free service, but that's not what the story is about. It's about the end result of the attempted calls, both in the short term and as a lasting legacy within that company.
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Topics: Adoption

Why I Prefer Video Outside Boardroom Walls

Posted by Ariel Lam on Apr 26, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Nothing can replace the richness of face-to-face collaboration, but thanks to today’s technological advances and the evolution of HD video conferencing, it eliminates distance, invites collaboration, and increases mobility to all users!

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Topics: Collaboration, Video collaboration

You Gain a Lot More From Video Than You Save

Posted by Tara Cotter on Apr 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Typically, when we talk about the value of video conferencing we focus on travel savings because it's the easiest tangible cost to track. However eliminating travel is only one piece of what video can do. Calculating the real value of video is a bit of a challenge. 
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Topics: Adoption, benefit

Video Conferencing Outside of Boardrooms!

Posted by Ariel Lam on Mar 17, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Working for a company that provides hosted video conferencing services, that has partners and customers all across the country, and has a high proportion of remote employees, I spend a lot of time on video. I am fortunate to have access to several really nice boardroom systems as well as a system on my desktop and on my laptop for when I'm not in the office. So regardless of the situation - meeting with a small or large groups, or with individuals, i have the right tool at my disposal. That's not always the case in other organizations that have video or those that are thinking about it. 

One myth that we encounter often in speaking to people about the benefits of video conferencing is that video is limited to big boardrooms, and accessible only to the chosen few in any organization. The truth is, that with advancements in video technology, the number of innovative ways video can be used these days is astonishing! We’ve blogged before about the benefits telepresence can deliver for remote workers, but the potential for video outside of the boardroom extends much further – it is transforming the way we communicate, collaborate, educate and train, service customers, and more.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Adoption

3 More Tips to Drive Better Video Adoption

Posted by Ariel Lam on Mar 4, 2016 10:58:26 AM

Over the past years, the growth in adoption of both free and paid video solutions as a new form of communication within organizations has been growing. Consequently just about everyone has an awareness of such technologies. 

However, many people are still reluctant to utilize video as a means of communication in a professional setting. We’ve heard all the excuses, everything from “I don't want to be on camera ” to “I don;t know how it works.” or "That's just for the executives to use". Whatever the excuse, it hampers companies from maximizing their investment in enterprise video.

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Adoption

The Infrequent Flyer Program and Other Ways to Gamify VC Adoption

Posted by Tara Cotter on Feb 26, 2016 12:30:00 AM

There are many ways to promote the use of your video conferencing capabilities including modeling the behaviour at all levels, ensuring everyone who needs training has access to it, and finding a champion that can help further the cause by talking up the benefits that he or she has realized from using video. Another effective method, and one that we listed in a previous blog post on 12 ways to promote video conferencing adoption is to offer rewards.  
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Topics: Adoption

Generate Excitement with a Video Launch Event

Posted by Ariel Lam on Feb 4, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Congratulations! You have just implemented video conferencing for your organization. Now you’re probably wondering to yourself how to be sure that it won’t sit in a corner collecting dust!

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Topics: Adoption, Video collaboration

Better than Pulling Teeth, Here are 12 Ways to Promote VC Adoption.

Posted by Tara Cotter on Jan 22, 2016 8:28:32 AM

Getting people to think about changing the way they work by using new technology, even when the benefits are obvious, can still be a hard sell.That is one of the reasons clients who have implemented video use to explain why no is using it a year later. But there are countless ways that you can ensure that video conferencing adoption happens, and happens fast. It may take some time and effort but the results are totally worth it.

Here are 12 ways that you can promote better adoption of video conferencing among your users.

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Topics: Adoption, Video collaboration