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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 ]

Seeing Is Not Only Believing—It’s About Learning

Technology has dramatically changed the way humans communicate and work, but it is still a slave to the same DNA which connects us as a species to the mountain gorillas of Central Africa.Computers, smart phones, and high-speed networks have all evolved in the last 50 years—a blink of an eye compared to the 55,000 years of human development, but it begs the question, why haven’t we more efficiently adapted how we learn with those digital… [ read full ]

How to choose your EMS Sustainability Software Carefully

I have made mistakes over the last 20 years building and implementing Environmental Management System-level Sustainability, Environmental and OHS software solutions.In spite of these mistakes (maybe even because of them) we have built a successful company with happy customers. A lot of our learning involves avoiding four pitfalls in selecting and implementing an EMS Sustainability software solution. Some of the pitfalls are obvious and others maybe not so much. Here is what I think really works:KISS… [ 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 ]

Five Tips to Avoid Getting Hooked when Sourcing Telephony for Adobe Connect

If you’ve ever been fishing, sometimes it’s hard not to feel bad for our scaly friends; they chase after a brightly colored lure, convinced they’ve just won in the great game of “eat or get eaten”, only to find themselves hooked by something they never saw coming.Buying telephony for your Adobe Connect Meetings and Classrooms can often end up the same way. Vendors lure you with attractive base rates that seem so appealing. Until you start getting… [ 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 ]

How Big Data Analytics Can Lead to Better Outcomes for Organizations

The cure for cancer may already be in our hands. It’s possible that somewhere in the zettabytes of data amassed and archived around the world hides a key sequence of events and outcomes relating to malignant cell growth. That critical insight, however, may be unlinked and out of context, beyond the grasp of the hundreds of thousands of researchers looking for it. Welcome to the era of big data, in which everything we know is… [ 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 ]

Refined Data Solutions awarded 2nd US Patent for Vantage Point virtual learning extension to Adobe Connect

Refined Data Solutions, a leading provider of eLearning solutions, is pleased to announce that its Vantage Point technology for Virtual Live Classrooms has been issued a second US Patent. Vantage Point is game-changing software that works with Adobe Connect and provides capabilities and controls for faculty and trainers that have never before been available in online delivery. Instructors can view live video of all of their students on a second monitor or large-screen TV while… [ read full ]