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The Adobe Connect Pod that pays for itself

As Learning and Development (L&D) professionals continue to improve their virtual classroom best practices and programs, collecting data and measuring the impact of online classrooms has become increasingly important. A persistent challenge faced by L&D professionals year over year is a declining budget to invest in tools, production and content creation for their organization’s online training programs. In addition to budget cuts, online training programs are not tracking the savings and demonstrating the economic, environmental… [ read full ]

The Benefits of Telecommuting and Why it’s Good for Business

Distributed Work, remote working, teleworking, telecommuting and hoteling are all different names for the same concept—that is, working at a location other than your company’s offices. But who really benefits? Telecommuting could mean working at home, a public space like a café or at a shared workspace—or at the beach, assuming there is a Wifi signal. In fact, it could be anywhere, though there are some security caveats to consider. So what’s behind this growing… [ read full ]

Beyond Blockchain

I was recently invited to present our vision, views, and initiatives around a subject with which the media and markets are currently infatuated—the potential of blockchain technology. I was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Blockchain Conference in Toronto where I discussed “100 Billion Reasons Not to Bet on the Blockchain”.Refined Data is developing significant expertise and thought leadership in the Distributed Ledger Technology space, but I'm convinced that the current blockchain-based technologies will… [ read full ]

Teaching in the Virtual Classroom—Is Anybody Out There?

Teaching is such a rewarding experience. I love what I do and I’m passionate about inspiring others to be successful at what they love to do. Anyone who’s attended one of my lectures will tell you my passion is apparent in the classroom. I’m animated! Some might say a tad overzealous, even frenetic at times—my lectures are energized and fun. And I like it that way. However, with the changing landscape of teaching environments—pressure to… [ read full ]

Double Your Phone Audio Capabilities With One-Way-Glass

The rPhone not only saves you money—it can truly transform the way you use audio in your meetings and classes. There are many times when it would be useful to have a side conversation with another user without being overheard. Since it’s not possible using the native Adobe Connect interface, most clients typically use Private Chat to communicate with individual participants or a dedicated Chat Pod in the Presenter Only Area for sidebar discussions between 'Hosts'… [ read full ]

10 Ways to Prepare for the Right Telecommuting Solution

Telecommuting solutions have come a long way since the concept was first founded. Desk phones, desktops, and dial-up have gone the way of the dinosaur and work takes place anytime and virtually anywhere. Of course, unlike the dinosaurs, technology continues to evolve and what was standard five years ago is probably considered archaic today. There are some essential technologies to consider when designing your company’s telecommuting program and, more importantly, there are some critical policies which… [ read full ]