Thanks greatly for the insight and explanation. Also, i am very
sorry for ranting in these budget-stretching times -having just been
notified by someone that ets lost 2.5 positions last year. i'll just
retreat to my cubicle for mental self-flagellation by reading vax-vms
manuals [...] V
David Todd wrote:
> There _was_ a videoconference support group, Media Resources under
> Library and Learning Resources, but you're right: it was funded as
> income/expense rather than general fund and wasn't able to bring in
> enough income to support operations. I believe it was dissolved at the
> end of last academic year.
> I think both Steve and Raymond have access to funds for conferences
> like this if they consider them to be worthwhile, and EPSCoR, at least,
> had made a significant investment in videoteleconferencing equipment a
> couple of years ago. I'm more concerned about departments that
> could/would use videoconferencing but don't have the funds for initial
> investment or the technical expertise to "roll their own". And I agree
> that this is an area in which the University should have central support.
> But I think this is a neglected service area because of the
> income/expense approach, and it was income/expense precisely because
> there were no central funds to support it as a cost-center service. It
> hasn't been viewed as an institutional priority.
> As the University divided responsibilities a few years ago, this
> wasn't a service area that ETS was tasked or staffed to support. A
> number of us are involved with videoteleconferencing and believe that
> the University should leverage that technology more effectively, but
> it's not something we're in a position to pick up to support. Much to
> our frustration. We do know a reasonable amount about the area, but we
> don't have focused support staff.
> We're starting a strategic planning process, focused first on
> academic technologies, and I'll try to work this in as one of the areas
> to be discussed.
> But thanks for the vote of confidence, thinking that ETS could
> command an additional half-FTE to support this. Wish it were true.
> On 9/14/10 9:27 AM, Victor Rossi wrote:
>> This would be very good for our dedicated, UVM Videoconferencing
>> support person to attend, if we only had such a person..
>> The two campus experts in this are Steve Exler of Epscor & Raymond
>> Forsell of Tech Services, but to my understanding, videoconferencing
>> support is a secondary role for them. Still, they are nice guys who
>> are very generous with their time.
>> It would be nice if someone with a *nice central budget* could send
>> one or both to conferences & training session where their impressive
>> skills could be kept concurrent with the times. It would be even
>> nicer if a group like, say ets, could dedicate at least a half
>> position to this [as it is done in every other university in the land..]
>> sorry for the rant - emergency videoconferencing support is a
>> recurring & bitter memory...
>> Geoffrey Duke wrote:
>>> FYI. —Geoff
>>> *From:* [log in to unmask]
>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Lisa DiMauro
>>> *Sent:* Monday, September 13, 2010 12:32 PM
>>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>>> *Subject:* [Announcement] NERCOMP - Videoconference Technology - Oct 25
>>> Dear Friends,
>>> Registration is now open for NERCOMP's upcoming workshop:
>>> *"Videoconference Technologies, Service, and Support: Can You See Me
>>> * DATE:
>>> October 25, 2010
>>> 9:00 - 3:00 (Coffee and Registration start at 8:00)
>>> NERCOMP Members: $130, Non-Members: $260
>>> Skidmore College
>>> 815 North Broadway
>>> Saratoga Springs, NY
>>> There are so many videoconference solutions to choose from. Free and
>>> proprietary, desktop and web-based, and high performance high
>>> definition devices made by vendors such as Tandberg and Polycom.
>>> While organizations take different approaches to videoconferencing,
>>> it is an important IT collaboration that at a minimum requires
>>> product evaluation, equipment recommendations, training, and support.
>>> As videoconference use increases, careful planning is required in
>>> order to invest in reliable communication tools for instruction and
>>> virtual meetings. On the front-line, technologists provide
>>> recommendations and technical assistance to faculty and
>>> administrators. On the back-end, network systems administrators
>>> assure connectivity and monitor bandwidth usage. Front and back-end
>>> coordination is essential for a small staff to provide this service.
>>> Colgate University, St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College will
>>> report back on the current status of videoconferencing on campus. How
>>> are videoconference tools used optimally to support different needs,
>>> goals, and disciplines…now, and in the future?
>>> For a full schedule and registration information, please go to:
>>> We would be grateful if you would pass this announcement on to
>>> friends and colleagues who might find it of interest.
>>> To view other SIGs events, click here:
>>> Thank you very much. We hope to see you on October 25th!
>>> Lisa DiMauro
Victor Rossi, B.S., M.B.A.
Lecturer, Senior Information Technology Professional
College of Engineering & Math Sciences
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont 05405
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