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The ICS Instructional Media Services team partnered this week with the UW-Madison to provide a live stream of the Titan Arum, better known as the corpse plant, blossoming at the D.C. Smith Greenhouse. ICS provided the webcam and streaming services to allow visitors to watch the progress of the plant live online.
The corpse plant, so named because of the distinctive odor it gives off when in bloom, began blossoming on August 1 around 1 pm and will remain in bloom for about 24 hours, according to Johanna Oosterwyk, greenhouse director, who said it bloomed for the first time when it was nine years old. This is its second bloom. The plant has been named “Dennis” in memory of Dr. Dennis Stimart, Professor of Floriculture, who passed away in 2010.
Click here to view the live streaming video of the plant in blossom.
Join ICS for this conversation about the future of mobility, learning and pedagogy at leading universities on September 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., at The Pyle Center in Madison, WI.
Congratulations to ICS client, the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security, for receiving the Rich Media Impact Award for Excellence in Education from Sonic Foundry. Nicole Truog, associate director of the center, and Greg Cichy, ICS Teleconference Technician, accepted the award on behalf of the center and ICS.
The award recognized the center’s innovative use of the Mediasite webcasting technology for outreach to family financial planners throughout the state and nation. The UW-Madison Center for Financial Security and the ICS team work together each month to produce live webcasts and archive them for public viewing on the center’s webinar site. Since the webinar series started in 2010, more than 1,700 individuals from across the country have participated in 13 webinars on such diverse topics as “Public Libraries as Financial Literacy Providers” and “Payday Lending.”
Truog said, “Mediasite facilitates the dissemination of applied research to a national audience and has enabled the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to reach practitioners who are working to improve the financial lives of Americans.”
The Center for Financial Security (CFS) is an applied, multidisciplinary research center that seeks to inform practitioners, policymakers, and the general public on strategies for building financial capability and security over the life course. CFS research examines the role of specific products, policies and advice in helping individuals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace.
ICS has been a leader in instructional teleconference services since 1965 and is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals learn to use distance learning technologies and to continuously researching and testing new technologies and applications.
ICS’ teleconference technician Nate Jorgensen has been appointed by the UW-Extension / UW Colleges Chancellor Ray Cross to serve as UW-Extension’s representative on the Educational Media Technology Council (EMTC). EMTC’s membership is comprised of one appointed representative from each UW System institution. It provides a forum for addressing educational media and technology issues that affect individual campuses and the University of Wisconsin System as a whole.
In appointing Nate to the committee Chancellor Cross noted that “Nate’s qualifications and experience at ICS make him well positioned to contribute to the council’s work.”
At ICS, Nate provides support for all of the ICS teleconference services and specializes in support for the WisLine Video bridging service. In addition to serving on the committee, Nate has also been elected to serve as EMTC treasurer for the upcoming year. Congratulations, Nate.
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson thanks UW-Extension Instructional Communications Systems for assistance
UW-Extension’s Instructional Communications Systems (ICS) recently supported the Wisconsin Supreme Court to successfully host the court’s first-ever public hearing using videoconferencing. Members of the Court needed to receive testimony and feedback from peers in other states, as well as from a law professor and staff of federal rules advisory committees. They chose videoconferencing with ICS’s WisLine Video service to help accomplish their goals.
The hearing, about improving the court’s rule-making process, took place on March 5, 2012, and included video connections with six locations across the country. ICS coordinated with remote sites to schedule services, test equipment and provide desktop videoconference software for a site lacking compatible equipment. The preparation ensured smooth transitions as the court took testimony from each expert.
In recent letters, Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson thanked ICS staff for their expertise and technical support allowing her and her colleagues to host the hearing, now archived on Wisconsin Eye at: http://bit.ly/GIUloC
“It was a terrific success because of your time and expertise,” Abrahamson wrote.
ICS Director Eddie Loo said that credit must be shared: “ICS working in collaboration with the Department of Administration’s Division of State Facilities really made this work. We are proud that we could partner with DOA and share the resources of the University of Wisconsin to serve the Wisconsin Supreme Court. That is part of our mission to carry out the Wisconsin Idea.”
Located in The Pyle Center in Madison, ICS provides tele-collaborative distance education services for educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin and beyond, helping them to connect whether in person or at a distance. For information, visit http://www.uwex.edu/ics/.