Our Blog Has Moved

Thanks for visiting the ICS blog. We have moved our blog to our new web site. Please visit the ICS web site at ics.uwex.edu.

The new ICS blog is at ics.uwex.edu/news/.

We also have a Learning Design and Client Success blog containing information specific to our learning design services at ics.uwex.edu/learningdesign/.

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ICS Teams with UW-Madison for Live Stream of Titan Arum Blooming


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.

You can read more about this unique partnership from UW-Extension’s news site or from the D.C. Smith Greenhouse Facebook page.

Click here to view the live streaming video of the plant in blossom.

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Introducing Cisco WebEx Web Conferencing 

WisLine Anytime

Cisco WebEx Webconference service available beginning April 10

Instructional Communications Systems is pleased to announce the addition of the Cisco WebEx web conference application through its WisLine Anytime service.

WebEx combines dynamic online meetings with integrated collaboration tools. You can launch your WebEx meetings directly from your WisLine Anytime account quickly and easily. Meet, collaborate, and share anytime, anywhere.

We are launching this service to all of our current WisLine Anytime customers beginning April 10, 2013. Adding the WebEx service to your account will not affect your existing WisLine Anytime accounts.

Welcome to WebEx Overview Sessions

webex appWant to know more about WebEx and its features? We’ve scheduled a series of “Welcome to WebEx Overview” sessions to acquaint you its features. Each session will provide an overview of WebEx services as well as answer any questions you may have about WebEx.

The sessions are each 30-40 minutes long, and there is no charge to attend.

Please register for a session by clicking on a date below, and you will be directed to the registration page. After you’ve registered, you will receive an email with directions for connecting to the conference.

Select a date below to register:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 – 2:00 PM Central
Wednesday, April 3, 2013  – 10:00 AM Central
Monday, April 8, 2013 – 10:00 AM Central
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – 2:00 PM Central
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – 2:00 PM Central
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 – 10:00 AM
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 2:00 PM Central
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – 10:00 AM Central
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – 2:00 PM Central
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – 10:00 AM Central

How to get a WisLine Anytime Cisco WebEx Account

webex featuresIf you already have a WisLine Anytime account, just contact the WisLine services team, and they’ll create a new WebEx reservation for you. You’ll receive a new WisLine Anytime confirmation email and wallet card for the WebEx service. Just use the WebEx connection information each time you want to host a web conference. If you’re new to WIsLine Anytime, just contact the WisLine services team and ask for a new WebEx account.

Phone: 855-289-9177 (toll-free) or 608-262-4342 | Email: wislineservices@ics.uwex.edu

Why Cisco WebEx?

wla-cisco-webex_2WebEx has all the professional tools and features you’ll need to teach, present, and collaborate online. You can easily share documents and applications, upload presentations, create polls, mark-up your presentations with annotation tools, and text chat with your attendees. With integrated HD video, your WebEx meetings provide crisp, clear video up to 720p.

WebEx is fully integrated with WIsLine Anytime audio, so you’ll always have a dedicated, toll-free phone audio conference available for your meetings.

You can collaborate from where ever you are with mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, or Blackberry. If you can get online, you can work and learn together.

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Innovating Tradition in the Modern Learning Environment

Instructional Communications Systems (ICS) is hosting Innovating Tradition in the Modern Learning Environment, a 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. You are invited to attend.

Colleges and universities will soon be competing to enroll digital natives with highly developed skill sets and expectations in regard to classroom technology and 21st century learning. The rapid evolution of teaching and learning in K-12 environments has inspired higher education institutions to re-examine their curricula and teaching methodologies to attract and retain top students. These new students are challenging the entire experience of higher learning, from social and classroom interactions to collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to learning.Please join Joel Davies, Apple Development Executive, and Matt Ebert, Apple Account Executive, who will lead a discussion about:

• Transforming learning
• Student expectations
• 1:1 pedagogical trends in K-12 education
• Pedagogical challenges in higher education
• Evolving content for digital natives
• Overcoming challenges to mobile learning solutions

Joel Davies spent the last 13 years as a Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Journalism, Media & Computing at Creighton University.  He was awarded the Father Kelley Teaching Innovation Award for the initial graphic design curriculum.  Over the last few years, Joel led a complete overhaul of both Computer Science and JMC to merge the two departments and offer 21st century degrees with deep roots in 21st century teaching and learning.  He also founded the Creighton Apple Authorized Training Center and advised Studio Blue, a student-run design agency.  Joel is an Apple Distinguished Educator from the class of 2007.

As an Apple account executive Matt Ebert is responsible for evangelizing Apple’s products, services, and solutions to higher education throughout Wisconsin.  He works closely with academic leadership, faculty, IT and others to educate higher education customers on the improved learning outcomes generated via the use of Apple’s technology.  This is accomplished by leveraging many Apple resources: local, regional, national, and occasionally international.  Additionally Matt provides oversight and guidance for two Apple Campus Stores; one at UW Madison, the other at UW Milwaukee.

Seating is limited.  To attend, please RSVP to milly.jones@ics.uwex.edu.  We hope to see you then.

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Quick Tips Added to WisLine Anytime Resource Page

WisLine Anytime

We’ve added some quick tips for getting started with our new cloud-based WisLine Anytime conferencing service. Learn how to host your first conference, set up your online dashboard and record a conference. Quick tips are found on the WisLine Anytime resources page.

More information about ICS and all of our products and services is available on the ICS web site.


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ICS Client Wins National Rich Media Award

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.

More information is available at the Center for Financial Security’s web site. The award nomination and the May 2012 awards ceremony also is available for on-demand viewing.

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WisLine Audio: Upcoming Changes to Service Announced

WisLineNew, Expanded Services to be Added

ICS is pleased to announce that effective May 21, 2012, all WisLine Audio bridging services will be migrated from an in-house hardware service to a cloud-based service. This change will allow ICS to continue to bring you new and improved conferencing services, and make it easier and faster for you to make reservations.

You will now have access to more phone lines for larger conferences as well as access to WisLine Anytime reservationless conferences, enhanced operator-assisted services, and 24 x 7 helpdesk support. Additionally, you will have access to an account dashboard which allows you to make reservations online, view and change your account information, view your usage, and create new reservationless hosts and conferences.

Below are some frequently asked questions, but feel free to email or call us if you don’t see what you’re looking for. We will send additional email updates with further information prior to the May 21 activation date.

Is there anything I need to do now?
Nothing, at this time. If you already have a WisLine Anytime account, beginning May 21, 2012, you will be given access to create reserved “meet me” conferences from your dashboard. You can also make new reservations by calling the NEW WisLine Audio toll-free reservation number or by submitting the reservation request form on the ICS website.

If you do not have a WisLine Anytime account, a new account will automatically be created for you. You will be sent your new account details by email and a followup postal mail after May 21. Your new account will still have the same account number, and will still be billed through our regular process.

What will change?
The dial-in phone number to access the WisLine service will change. That new number will be sent to you with your new account details. The reservations phone number as well as the help desk for audio conferences will also change except for customers who already use WisLine Anytime. The same toll-free phone number will now be used for making new reservations, and for accessing help. That number will be sent to you with your account details. In addition to new numbers you will be given access to an online account dashboard where you can use the self-help features to access your account information, make new reservations, or view your usage. The current online reservation request form will not change. Billing and billing help will remain the same.

What if I call your reservation line instead of the new reservation line?
Don’t worry. We can forward your call to the new reservation line, and we always love to hear from our clients.

What if I, or my participants, call the current dial-in phone number?
Not a problem. Your call will automatically be forwarded to the new dial-in number.

What if I, or my participants, don’t remember a passcode?
Not a problem. There are always operators on-hand who can assist with placing participants into the correct conference. Also, if you experience technical difficulties during your conference, you can always reach an operator by using the keyboard commands on a touchtone phone.

Have the rates changed?
The rates for our current WisLine Anytime and WisLine Reserved conferences will remain the same. Rates for reserved conferences which require a higher level of operator support (such as operator-dialed calls, reservations which require more than 150 lines, and other operator-assisted services) will be changed. New rates will be posted on the ICS web site at uwex.edu/ics/wisline/rates.htm.

What if I have a recurring WisLine reservation?
Current WisLine Audio reservations and phone numbers can be used until June 30, 2012. If you have currently have reservations which extend past June 30, 2012, we will be contacting you to assist you with changing those reservations to the new system.

Will there be any training to help me learn more about this?
Yes. ICS is scheduling a series of brief training and Q & A webinars during the first two weeks of June to help you learn more about the new WisLine Audio and WisLine Web. There is no charge for participants. More information on the webinars will follow later.

How do I get more information?
We’ll post new information as it is available on our web site, http://www.uwex.edu/ics/wisline and we’ll be sending further announcements via email. We are available to answer your questions during business hours by phone at 608-262-4342 or toll-free 855-289-9177.

Who can use the WisLine Audio service?
Any UW System institution, State of Wisconsin and local governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin and beyond are eligible to use any of the ICS-supported services including the WisLine Suite (audio conferencing, web conferencing, video conferencing, webcasting), web design and development services, digital media editing and recording, and on-site media services in The Pyle Center and The Lowell Center.

As always, thanks for your support. We are here to help you meet your virtual and on-site meeting needs.

The WisLine Team
Phone: 608-262-4342 or 855-289-9177
Email: wislineservices@ics.uwex.edu
Web: www.uwex.edu/ics

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