Day 1 Talk Like a Techie: 20 Days VC Challenge

It’s time for the 3rd annual 20 Day Challenge on videoconferencing topics, written by Roxanne Glaser and Janine Lim!

This year we tackle the complicated and challenging area of the technical aspects of videoconferencing. In K12 education, it’s often hard to find someone with knowledge of how standards-based (H.323) videoconferencing interacts with the district network. This can cause quality issues that present a barrier to educators and teachers who want to use videoconferencing. So for the next 20 days of blog posts, we’ll be sharing some best practices and background knowledge of how videoconferencing works on your network.

Target Audience

Our target audience for this series includes:

  • Educational service agency personnel involved with videoconferencing
  • District technology coordinators and technicians involved with making videoconferencing work on the network
  • School level educators who need enough background knowledge to effectively communicate with network folks

Guest Blogger Shane Howard

We are joined this year, by award-winning multi-talented Super Bridge Dude, Shane Howard (who by the way has his own band!). Shane has many qualifications to contribute to this blog challenge:

  • supporting schools’ use of videoconferencing for over 13 years
  • expertise in working with school networks to optimize videoconferencing
  • also known as Rudolph and has appeared on screens as a school bus and a sun!
  • runs the SIG IVC Ops at the ISTE conference, making sure all the connections went smoothly.

Topics

During the course of the next 20 days, we’ll be discussing various topics that affect the educational experience of videoconferencing, including:

  • Definitions and background knowledge
  • Setting up your network for videoconferencing
  • Firewalls, firewall traversal units, gatekeepers
  • Dialing quirks and tips
  • Basic troubleshooting

Whether you are new to videoconferencing, or an old pro, we hope that this series of posts will help you improve your practice so that your teachers can be more successful in their use of videoconferencing.

Task

Your Turn

  • What do you find most technically challenging about videoconferencing?
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About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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