The Quilt TelePresence Workshops November 08, 2011

The Quilt TelePresence Workshops

Following on to the success of its previous workshops. The Quilt TelePresence Working Group decided to host another workshop in October focusing on trends in the video conferencing for the research and education community.  With the new technology and focus on interoperability in the video conference space, the working group found it difficult to narrow the topics for the workshop to fit into a single session.  Rather than eliminate key topics, the decision was made to spread the program across two half day sessions instead.  Forty six individuals spanning 15 states joined the two interactive sessions with a choice of joining either by video through sites connected through the R&E TelePresence Exchange or by WebEx.


The first of the two workshops focused on networking to support video.  The program began with an excellent presentation by Ira Weinstein from Wainhouse Research providing workshop participants with a fast-paced and valuable overview of the current video marketplace.  Other workshop topics included an informative presentation from a K-12 school district in Arizona on its use of specific collaborative suite integrations such as WebEx and Google Talk.  Nick Ciesinski from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater shared his experiences with interoperable point to point dialing plans.  Another highlight of the event was a presentation from Tim Poe of MCNC on various marketplace options to consider to keep down the costs of managing video ports.


Our second workshop titled “Campus Delivery of Video” opened with a presentation from Mike Cardoza at Harvard University sharing his experience managing everyday campus requests for interoperable video sessions.  Several examples of new ideas for immersive video conferencing in classrooms and collaborative spaces were shared from Indiana University, Eastern Central Board of Cooperative Education in BOCES  ad the Utah Education Network. A full listing of the workshop agendas and presentations are available at:

Telepresence Workshop 2011

MOREnet Excited to Announce the Missouri Future of Learning Forum November 08, 2011

Prototype @ the MOREnet Missouri Future of Learning Forum was an intensive, hands-on design camp immersing passionate and creative students in a collaborative environment to re-imagine the future of learning. The Forum shaped up to be an exciting event that brought together high school students, designers, pre-service teachers, education leaders, technology experts and vendors for an interactive discussion and workshop. Led by Prototype architect and designer, Jeff Sharpe, students learned how design and design-thinking can unlock real world challenges and worked with acclaimed designers and educators to craft new classroom and learning models.


Spanning three days in October, the Forum brought together 37 students from 20 Missouri high schools; large and small, rural and urban. As design participants, students were fully-immersed in a creative setting, presented with a challenge, collaborate as a team and talk with innovative designers and educationalists from around the country as they designed their prototype solutions. Student teams  presented their creative ideas to the entire MOREnet Instructional Technology Conference audience during an interactive closing session on Tuesday, Oct. 11.


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Great Plains Network Launches Professional Development Program for Research & Education Community November 08, 2011

Beginning in September, 2011, the Great Plains Network (GPN) will be launching a web-based Professional Development Program for faculty and staff at member institutions and GPN Network Participants. Planned topics are in areas of advanced networking, high performance computing, data life cycle management, and other aspects of advanced technology, critical to advancing the missions of the higher education community. Each program will be brief–60 to 90 minutes–and will be interactive.


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