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Web conferencing tools, wikis, mobile technology among topics of November users group meetings

Faculty and staff interested in learning about different Web conferencing applications, including Blackboard Collaborate, Cisco WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Microsoft Lync and Saba Classroom, are encouraged to register to attend the next Purdue Adobe Connect Users Group (PACUG) meeting set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Demonstrations on multiple applications will be given and presenters will share findings on the quality and reliability of each Web conferencing tool in relation to Adobe Connect, Purdue’s rich Web communication system. Currently, ITaP is working to prepare a recommendation to the IT Operational Oversight Committee on Web conferencing strategies to better support practices on campus.

“This PACUG meeting is an opportunity for faculty and staff to get an insider’s look at these Web conferencing solutions,” ITaP educational technologist Ben Holmes says. “Adobe Connect isn’t going away anytime soon, but we’re in the process of exploring possible alternatives.”

Registrants will receive additional details on the PACUG meeting and location information. Those who can’t attend in person may log in to the designated Adobe Connect meeting room or Saba Classroom at the start of the meeting.

PACUG is one of three group meetings ITaP has in November to support faculty and staff looking for new ideas and updates on popular instructional technologies. Other scheduled sessions and agendas include:

Monday, Nov. 4

1:30 p.m. Purdue Confluence Users Group (PCUG): The inaugural meeting of PCUG will include demonstrations, announcements, sharing of best practices and opportunities to ask questions about Confluence Web-based wiki software, a collaborative tool used for sharing and organizing online content. Additional meeting details and PCUG resources will be posted on the group’s wiki.

Reserve a seat or observe the meeting online by browsing to https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/pcug.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

1:30 p.m. Mobile Technology Users Group: A presentation on active learning opportunities with mobile technology will be given in addition to an update on screen sharing with a Creston multimedia unit. The agenda also includes a discussion on the impact of newly released hardware and software on teaching and learning along with a chance for attendees to share apps or experiences with mobile devices. ITaP educational technologists will be on hand to make suggestions regarding mobile technology use in the classroom and answer questions.

Reserve a seat or connect online by browsing to http://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/ipad.

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Sources: Ben Holmes, educational technologist, ITaP, 765-496-3280

Chris Mong, cmong@purdue.edu

Suzanne Ahlersmeyer, ITaP instructional designer, 765-496-7403, smahlers@purdue.edu

Last updated: Oct. 25, 2013