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 

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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

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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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