Connect with Scott
- @LifeSizeHD puts the spotlight on Kaleidoscope Videoconferencing and @JScottMO November 23, 2013
- Going Solar November 19, 2013
- New Course MGMT 3300: Business processes and technologies November 15, 2013
- SPRING 2014 Course: Web Development Fundamentals (MGMT 4620) October 19, 2013
- The League of Women Voters Presents: On-line Learning – Pros and Cons September 10, 2013
- MoBroadbandNow Business Survey September 8, 2013
- MITE Part 1: The Physical Installation, @LifeSizeHD Team 220 August 31, 2013
- Template for @LifeSizeHD Backgrounds July 30, 2013
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Photos from our solar install. There are lots of good reasons to go solar, including a payback of 9-11 percent! Better than any CD rate, that is for sure. Cheap, reliable, clean. Coal did a great job of providing fuel for the industrial revolution, but it is not the future. Let me know if you are interested in learning more or seeing our system. Much thanks to Tom O’Connor, Jonathan Sessions, Thomas Minihan, and Dave Overfelt for helping us get it done!
This course focuses on how technology supports business strategies and processes in both large and small enterprises. MGMT 3300 will provide students with both a fundamental understanding of the wide range of technologies used in business today and a solid set of practical skills that students will use in future course-work and in their professional lives.
In the future, this will be a graduation requirement for all undergraduate business majors.
Sampling of Course Topics
- Business Technology Basics
- Problem Solving using Excel
- Decision Making using Excel
- Data Warehouses and Data Mining
- Designing Relational Databases
- Basic Skills using Access
- Effectively Communicating and Summarizing Information
- Networks and Telecommunications
- Supply Chain Management Simulation
- Customer Relationship Management
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- Managing Organizational Projects
- Managing Projects with MS Project
- E-Business Models and E-Business tools
- Information Security
- Web and Business 2.0
- Technologies Shaping our futures
Pre/Co-Requisite: ACCTCY 2258
Class meets Tues. & Thrus.
Cornell Hall 12
Click on the image to the right or here to download flyer.
Students will learn the basics of HTML and CSS, how to use various Content Management Systems (CMS) to create websites and blogs, and about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Students will also learn how to use Google Analytics to measure traffic, test various designs and campaigns, and increase site traffic. Integration with databases and social media will be covered as well.
Grading is based on short assignments, quizzes and a final project which students will work on throughout the course. For the final project each student will write, design and build a website on a topic of his or her choosing, set goals for various metrics, and measure success. This project brings together all the strategy, design, analytical and technical skills that students have acquired throughout the semester.
TWO SECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
Sec. 1: Tues. and Thurs. 3:30-4:45pm*
Sec. 2: Tues. 6:00-8:30pm*
*This is a hands on course and will be taught in the Cornell computer labs
Recently had the enjoyable experience of being a guest on the local public access channel, CAT-TV, to discuss distance education programs.
See link below for the Missouri Broadband Business Survey. If you own a business in MO and haven’t taken it, you should. Please share with your colleagues and companies you work with.
Have been working on an interesting project this year to upgrade 18 sites in Missouri’s oldest educational videoconferencing network (the MITE Network) to HD Video Conferencing (LifeSize Team 200). We have done a number of “cool” things with this project including using the ClearOne Ceiling Mics, the AdaFruit PowerTails, an AMX program that is self configuring, and enabling “dial out and play” for a LifeSize Videocenter via a custom interface. I intend to write about each of these as I get time in the coming month.
In the meantime, however, I thought I share a couple of time lapse videos of the actual installations. The first time that we did this (not shown) was at Bunceton and it turns out that it was a great way to analyze our work patterns. With the time lapse we could see that we were spending a lot of time getting up and down looking for tools. So we purchased tool belts and some new tools in order for us both to have what we needed at hand. That was a great investment and we noticed a significant (1-2 hour) reduction in the time required. Considering that some of these installs take 10-12 hours if there are firewall issues, etc, every little bit counts.
Timelapse of Installation at Sacred Heart
Timelapse of Installation at Tuscumbia
LifeSize codecs let you upload your own custom backgrounds to the codec. It is relatively easy to do: on the web interface, navigate to Preferences->Appearance->Backgrounds and upload a new image (1280×720 jpeg format). However, we always had problems getting the LifeSize menus to not obscure the logo or words on the uploaded image. So we created a template using some trial and error. This template (in photoshop and .jpeg format below) outlines the menus and text fields of the screen where your image will be obscured. It is easiest to use in photoshop. Just add your images and adjust as you like, then delete the template layer, export to .jpeg and you are ready to upload. Enjoy.
LifeSize Background template:
Part I: How to install a Radvision Pathfinder server.
Introduced in 2005, the Radvision Pathfinder is a H323 firewall traversal device. It can work as a standalone device or use H.460 traversal (H323 devices inside–or even outside–can register with the Pathfinder as if it was a gatekeeper). The pathfinder device can also be used with the pathfinder client, which is a client that can be deployed at remote networks and then connect back to the pathfinder server.
The map below shows a typical pathfinder installation (Click for a larger version). This is probably one of the most simple ways that a pathfinder can be deployed. For more advanced configurations, consult the Radvision Pathfinder User Guide and the Radvision Deployment Guide.
Here is my step by step guide to configuration. Use at your own risk.
As anyone who has install videoconferencing equipment for any length of time knows, firewalls are often bane of our existence. While they are great in theory, the practical operation of running video through firewalls doesn’t always work out so well. The problems are caused by any number of issues: hardware and software versions, default settings for ALGs, misconfiguration of settings by local sysadmins, etc.
However, in my experience, not all firewalls are created equal. Some seem to work better just because they are easier to understand and configure (my bias is toward Cisco since I have been working with them the longest). Others have issues that cause them to just not work, regardless of the correct configuration (see Don’t put a LifeSize VideoCenter behind a Sonicwall Firewall).
What is your experience on the best and worst? Vote for 2 of the best and 2 of the worst in the polls below. I listed the ones I have worked with so far. If you have others to mention, leave a comment below.