From Blackboard to Video Conferencing… New Tools For Learning Today

Lately, I have been noticing the rapid pace of change in the world. Recently, I heard about  how elementary schools are all getting tablets and getting rid of the blackboards. Are you able to keep up with it all? My collaboration project bringing the Resonance Repatterning seminars online has literally brought me face to face with some of these changes.

For example, one of the most valuable aspects of the training was the interaction between teacher and students and the spontaneous learning experiences that occurs in a face-to-face class. In contrast, many online training programs are prerecorded “canned” programs that can present the basic training information well enough, but lose the learning that happened spontaneously and organically. We looked at many different types of online training formats and decided on a little known but very promising videoconferencing company called http://www.vsee.com. At first it was a solution to a finite problem; now it is changing how I interact with the world.

Why are the online seminars as ‘present’ as the in-person seminars?
Our experience of Resonance Repatterning seminars online has been nothing short of amazing. I had the delightful experience of discussing this with an enthusiastic representative at VSee who explained the back story for the high frequency and coherence we are experiencing with this technology. Becky Wai agreed to an interview and I was thrilled that the founder himself, Milton Chen, also contributed. While you may ask “Why is Carolyn doing tech reviews on an alternative healing site?”  it occurs to me, that learning is a life long endeavor, especially in this world where information is the new economy.  Keeping pace with the new tools for learning and connecting, makes us better healers and recipients of healing.    Knowing what is behind something new empowers us to use the tools that are effective.

Carolyn Winter
Holographic Coach &
Online Coordinator at www.Ozardis.com 

INTERVIEW With Becky Wai and Milton Chen at VSee.com 

Q. People tell us that VSee calls somehow feel ‘more present’. How is VSee technology different from programs like Skype, AnyMeeting, or WebEx?

Becky: VSee was was designed to make group video calls natural, friendly, and as easy as working together in the same room. Unlike Skype, AnyMeeting, WebEx all our features are one click away: 1-click to video call, 1-click to share a document and draw live on the screen, and 1-click to drag and drop to someone’s video window a file to be shared. The communication process doesn’t get slowed down because everyone in the group video call has a right to these common actions, not just the moderator.

Second, VSee technology uses less than 50% of the bandwidth of Skype at the same video quality. This means you can have better video over poor networks such as at public WiFi hotspots, over rural 3G wireless connections, or in places like Africa, Indonesia, and the Middle East where the network infrastructure is still improving.

Q. Is VSee more secure than Skype, AnyMeeting, or WebEx?

Becky: Unlike Skype, WebEx or AnyMeeting, your video conversation does not go through a VSee server where it has access to your raw video. VSee calls are always secured end-to-end with FIPS 140-2 256-bit AES encryption. This means VSee does not store (even temporarily) or have access to any of your video call information. VSee is HIPAA compliant and FDA-registered.

Q. Who is the mastermind behind VSee? How did it all begin?

Milton: ” I first got the idea for VSee when I was in graduate school. Every Friday I would commute from Stanford to Intel. I hated that experience. Companies such as Cisco, Google, Apple would sell video collaboration to their customers, but still expect their own employees to come to work the majority of the time. I wanted to create a tool that’s good enough so that Google, Apple, etc. would set its people free.

Because of that experience, I finished my PhD with an emphasis on the psychology of teamwork and the human factors of video conference such as eye-contact, lip-synchronization, smile perception. VSee was then created together with a talented group of Stanford University scientists, including Dr. Erika Chuang (former Disney scientist), Prof. Terry Winograd (PhD advisor to Google co-founder Larry Page), Prof. Pat Hanrahan (two-time Academy Award Winner), and David Kelley (founder and chairman of IDEO).”

Q. How does VSee change the way people learn, communicate or collaborate?

Becky:  Two of the biggest challenges of distance learning and teamwork are that 1) people feel isolated and 2) productivity suffers due to barriers to fluid communication. VSee allows for the sort of easy give and take that can’t be done over phone and that is slowed down by current web conference technologies. For example, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) like Coursera have students from all over the world. VSee makes it possible for students anywhere to have study groups that are social and productive.

Q. What do you see as the future for video communications technology like VSee? How will we be learning and communicating in the future that is different from today?

Becky: Right now, video still has too many barriers – it is not easy enough. While Skype has done a fantastic job creating the demand for video, it has poor performance in developing countries, over 3G, or enterprises with limited bandwidth. As real-time video significantly improves, video chat will be a common experience for home and work. Doctors will be able to read our EKG’s and do health check ups from our homes or offices. World class physicians and health care will be accessible to those in small towns and rural areas.

Carolyn: Our thanks to Becky Wai and Milton Chen from www.VSee.com for your insights!  By the way if you are in Austen Texas May 5-7, you can see VSee in action at the ATA 2-13 Trade show.  Click here for details and more about using this fabulous technology to bring parents together with their infants in a neonatal clinic.

IMG_0298Becky Wai is the director of medical applications at VSee and is a main driver of our major telehealth deployments and global projects. Her depth of knowledge and well-rounded work experience in the telemedicine field include projects in Haiti, Egypt, Africa, Indonesia, etc. She has also provided field services for UC San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente, and San Francisco General Hospital. Her past experiences include clinical research work and healthcare database management. Her dream is to build free clinics and bring telemedicine to rural areas in her motherland, Burma and in other developing countries.

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Milton Chen – Milton’s pioneering PhD research at Stanford University has shown why videoconferencing has failed to become ubiquitous despite billions in investments since 1927. His insight in how to make videoconferencing an everyday experience has led to more than 100 invited talks to countries ranging from Iceland to Nigeria to Saudi Arabia. He is the recipient of the DEMO God award and is the co-author of XMPP video standard..

 Carolyn Winter – Carolyn is a past president and a long time volunteer with the Repatterning Practitioners Association.  She is a Holographic Coach at http://www.LightTravels.com providing personal sessions and unique online long distance sessions.    Recently, she has taken on the role of Seminar Online Coordinator at www.Ozardis.com where she uses VSee extensively. 

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Author: Carolyn Winter, Holographic Coach

Energy Healer & life coach, with unique online long distance applications providing tools to navigate your holographic universe. Currently partnering with Resonance Repatterning teacher Ardis Ozborn to bring the training seminars online in a live video conferencing format. My passion is quilting.

3 thoughts on “From Blackboard to Video Conferencing… New Tools For Learning Today”

  1. Thanks to Carolyn’s recommendations, I have used VSee for meetings and I am a big fan. It is much easier to use and less invasive to my computer than Skype. And secure is good. I also have begun using it in place of one to one phone calls. Thanks, Carolyn, for a great article.

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