CirQlive sponsoring EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Feature Sessions - So much to learn!

CirQlive is the sponsor of the featured sessions on Wednesday at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative @EDUCAUSELI conference in Anaheim, CA this week. All of these sessions at ELI will be packed with great insights and many take-aways. As we looked through each program, we found the clear theme is commitment to helping students succeed. We wouldn’t be in the education business if we didn’t have the collective commitment to seeing people around the globe learn and grow. It’s an exciting time to be a tech company with a behind-the-scenes but an oh-so-important solution for making learning online significantly easier and less cumbersome. We hope you’ll join us at one of the following ELI sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Strategies for Growing a Scalable and Sustainable Learning Analytics Initiative at 9:15 a.m.
University of Wisconsin-Madison (@UWMadison) Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Steven Cramer (@cramersm), Director of Academic Technology Linda Jorn and Senior Evaluation Consultant Kimberly Arnold (@kimberlyarnold)

Helping Faculty Create Different Student Interactions with a New Online Conversation Platform at 10:45 a.m.
New York University (@nyuniversity) team including Chief Instructional Technology Officer Ben Maddox and Vice Provost William Shirky

Three Critical Strategies for Influencing Students’ Success at 11:45 a.m.
Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal State Fullerton (@csuf) Berenecea Johnson Eanes (@VP_BJEanes), Vice President for Research and Policy at NASPA (@NASPAtweets) Amelia Parnell (@AmeliaParnell)

This Mess and We Can Innovate Out of It at 3:15 p.m.
Director of Academic Technology at the University of Colorado, Denver (@CUDenver) David Thomas

The Chief Academic Technology Officer: A Unique Tech Exec at 4:15 p.m.
Chief Academic Technology Officer at UC Berkeley (@UCBerkeley) Jenn Stringer (@jenn_stringer), Chief Academic Technology Officer at the University of Oregon (@uoregon) Helen Chu (@helenchu)

CirQlive at EDUCAUSE ELI 2019: The Chief Academic Technology Officer at 4:15 p.m. on February 20, 2019

Every problem has a different perspective depending on your job and viewpoint. We look forward to hearing Jenn Stringer (@jenn_stringer), the chief academic technology officer at the University of California at Berkeley and Helen Chu (@helenchu), the chief academic technology officer for the University of Oregon, discuss the results of their survey at the EDUCAUSE ELI (@EDUCAUSELI) conference in Anaheim on Feb. 20. They surveyed chief academic technology officers and then compared those with results from a recent college CIO survey. How interesting is that!

Education isn’t like a finely tuned recipe where the exact measure of ingredients results in the perfect cake every time. The process of education is complicated. Rewarding, yes. But, also complicated. This is why we are so looking forward to Stringer and Chu’s presentation. We expect to learn a lot about how to look at the perspectives of higher education from the academic’s perspective and the IT director’s perspective. At CirQlive, we know that each problem comes with at least two sides. We’ve dedicated ourselves to having answers for college IT departments and faculty, but we can always learn more.

EDUCAUSE ELI 2019: We Innovated Ourselves Into This Mess and We Can Innovate Out of It - 3:15 p.m.on February 20, 2019

Colleges are changing so quickly these days those institutions that don’t keep up are guaranteed to fall behind. This session at the EDUCAUSE ELI (@EDUCAUSELI) conference in Anaheim on Feb. 20, featuring David Thomas, the director of academic technology at the University of Colorado, Denver, will explain how to marshal the latest innovations to help reinvigorate learning, repair budgeting problems, and even retain talent. This is especially interesting to us at CirQlive because we have seen first-hand that innovation is exciting and promises change but--and this is critical--it can’t be an annoying add-on that doesn’t interface well with mission-critical applications like the LMS.

CirQlive helps schools put innovation to work, making all platforms run smoothly while trading information seamlessly between different applications. Our aim as technology providers is to make sure that our innovations fit into the framework universities have established.

Three Critical Strategies for Influencing Students’ Success - An EDUCAUSE ELI session CirQlive is sponsoring: 11:45 a.m. on February 20, 2019

Succeeding at college is hard for students, especially when they are the first in their family to take higher education classes or if they face some mental health concerns. In this anticipated session, two senior officials will highlight three critical strategies they use to remove barriers that can impair student success. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, the vice president for student affairs at Cal State Fullerton (@VP_BJEanes) -- presenting at the EDUCAUSE ELI (@EDUCAUSELI) conference in Anaheim on Feb. 20 -- will include how her university addresses students’ health and financial capability. Also, Amelia Parnell, the vice president for research and policy at NASPA, (@AmeliaParnell) will highlight national trends about programming to help students thrive.

At CirQlive, we are all about education and removing any barriers that stand between students and success. Sometimes those barriers are because of the technology. That’s exactly why CirQlive came into being. We noticed that scheduling web-conferences was a major pain. The systems wouldn’t work within the LMS so faculty had to copy and paste the link from the web-conference (they scheduled in some other application) into their LMS. Then the students had to either go look in the notes or onto the calendar. There wasn’t any true connection between the two software platforms – it was a major barrier. For a student on the edge already because of a life circumstance or simply busy with work and taking care of family, we have to remove each little hiccup that might cause them to throw up their hands and drop out of school.

We are looking forward to learning more strategies to encourage students to succeed. Thank you Cal State Fullerton for presenting at EDUCAUSE!

CirQlive at EDUCAUSE ELI 2019: Sponsoring Session on Strategies for Scalable and Sustainable Learning Analytics: 9:15 a.m. Feb. 20, 2019

Learning analytics is one of the hottest trends in higher education today and we can’t wait to hear details of how the University of Wisconsin-Madison is creating its program and rolling out improvements to benefit both staff and students. The session at the EDUCAUSE ELI (@EDUCAUSELI) conference in Anaheim will include three officials from the university—Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Steven Cramer (@cramersm), Director of Academic Technology Linda Jorn, and Senior Evaluation Consultant Kimberly Arnold (@kimberlyarnold)— who will explain how this 44,000-student public university created organization capacity for these changes. At CirQlive, we know colleges are striving to offer both students and staff a seamless system that incorporates everything from face-to-face classes, online learning, and web conferencing. Creating a scalable and sustainable foundation to manage this work results in better security and improved learning for students. This session on scalable learning analytics will give us additional insight about metrics that matter and how best to serve our CirQlive customers.

CirQlive sponsoring this EDUCAUSE ELI session: Helping Faculty Create Different Student Interactions with a New Online Conversation Platform at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2019

No matter how college classes are offered—online, through web conferencing or face-to-face—professors know that creating and sustaining robust discussion is vital to student understanding and engagement. At CirQlive, we specialize in helping universities make these conversations happen across multiple platforms. That’s why we’re so interested to hear what this team from New York University, including Chief Instructional Technology Officer Ben Maddox and Vice Provost William Shirky, is creating. The session will be at the EDUCAUSE ELI (@EDUCAUSELI) conference in Anaheim on Feb. 20 and will include discussion about how the university’s platform allows instructors to choose different modes of student interaction for each assignment.

Our platform makes the connection between web-conferencing and the LMS seamless so that busy-work doesn’t get in the way of interaction. In a way CirQlive is reaching toward the same goal as NYU – giving students the best opportunity to learn in the best environment possible. We hope to see you at ELI 2019!

How do schools reach out to students in the Internet age?

How do schools reach out to students in the Internet age? Of course online courses are de rigueur today; universities, high schools, and even lower grades utilized video, live broadcasts, and other communication methods to reach students all over the world. But there’s something missing.

Are schools taking full advantage of what modern technology has to offer? Are students at home able to participate in class? Can they do online tests? What about that most basic right of kids in the classroom – passing notes and whispering in class? How about the tools teachers need to manage a class? Scheduling? Providing access to recorded classes? Office hours? Tutoring?

While many of the LMS’s available today have a lot of positive features, they're missing something – the something that can make an online experience as close as possible to being in the classroom. Being a student is about much more than listening to a lecture – and being a teacher is a lot more than looking at a camera. What both teachers and students need is a way to bring the classroom to the home – and to bring the distance student to the classroom.

That's exactly what we specialize in here at CirQlive. Our flagship product - MEETS (Media-Enhanced Education and Training Suite) - is a service that bridges between the most popular Learning Management Systems and web conferencing tools, allowing teachers to do what they do best: teach. MEETS is currently being used by millions of teachers and students at all educational levels around the world every day.

Thus our blog. We're in the business of making it easier for teachers to reach students, and for students to be reached by teachers – and we plan to highlight tips and tricks on exactly how that can happen, like giving faculty the ability to create and manage collaborative workspaces, with each other and with students all from the familiar platform of an LMS. While that kind of thing usually requires a great deal of tech expertise – entailing sometimes endless calls to IT staff and often ending up in frustration –  CirQlive makes that easy for teachers and administrators alike, thanks to our MEETS system. These are some of the issues we will be talking about in this blog.

Technology offers a vast set of tools that teachers and students can take advantage of – why not use them in the classroom? For many teachers, the idea of online collaboration and conferencing is intimidating; CirQlive makes the connection, collaboration, and management process in LMS almost transparent. With CirQlive doing the heavy lifting, teachers have the opportunity to take advantage of tech to its fullest extent. Stay tuned for some great ideas on how to do that - on this blog and on our social media posts!

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