Really sorry I hadn't realized you had set BBB as a
webinar tool. Should have known you'd be beavering away at somethng like
this. It really is hard to get into the habits of the "real time"
world. Or getting used to the idea of having a regular place to have a
chat every day/week/month.
I guess the problem (with me at
least) is, even though it's really nice to have a chat with some PLU's, that I don't want to waste everyones time with a bunch of stuff which
is of no interest to them. Ultimately what I think we all want is a
place where we can just do a bit of regular synchronized surfing. Yu know, this
is "what i'm doing/who I'm talking to". And maybe record, stream and archive; next to/aligned with the asynchronous 'talk'.
WE're coming down to
this with a few NRENs and their associations (terena, Internet2, etc),
where my geekish friends are trying to get in the social mood and habit.
It's a stupidity that while they/we talk about the tools for other
communities, they(I) don't use them themselves. E.g. (on a recent private mail message.
"It's not the technology, it's the stupid stupid details
like the bloody remote control delivered with H323 units (how on earth did they
get away with *that* for over 15 years?) or the licensing in the web
conferencing market. Or the
firewall-rulesets deployed by over-zealous security people".
There is a change in the air now. The recession in Europe has them
thinking about using this stuff rather than (just) getting on a plane
and doing the F2F with the usual suspects. And more importantly, acting
as a broker/buyer on behalf of communities like WE who span NRENs.
They're certainly getting past the point of believing that this kind of virtual room
I'd really like to get some idea of WE members ideal virtual meeting
room (and its spec). Can you (or anyone) point us at your ideal VR. and
give us an idea of the kind of functionality which you'd want as a
That said. I know WE's primary objective is
to make (edu) credentials affordable. But we do seem missing the fact
that there are jobs going begging
at the moment, and we have neither the tools or curricula to fill them. Bit of a catch 22, eh? What comes first; the tools or the curricula for them?
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