Mr. Sweet is a Health Media Training Specialist with the New York State Department of Health, Information Services Health Statistics Group, Bureau of HEALTHCOM Network Systems Management, Informatics Sciences Unit. Mr. Sweet has more than 10 year's of technical writing, e-learning and training experience; and has been delivering training synchronously via WebEx Training Center for the last four years. In 2007, Mr. Sweet earned a Synchronous Learning Expert Certification from Insync Training, LLC (http://www.insynctraining.com/).
These days Mr. Sweet is primarily engaged in developing and delivering training on custom built web-based applications designed to allow Public Health professionals and health care providers to prepare for and respond to chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) events.
When not at work Mr. Sweet enjoys spending every precious second he can with his daughters Kathrynann and Sarah-Elizabeth.
WebEx Training Center, developing and delivering synchronous training programs, presentation design and all of the other software and hardware skills you'de expect an expert synchronous trainer to have mastered.
Mr. Sweet is a Health Media Training Specialist with the New York State Department of Health, Information Services Health Statistics Group, Bureau of HEALTHCOM Network Systems Management, Informatics Sciences Unit. Mr. Sweet has more than 10 year's of technical writing, e-learning and training experience; and has been delivering training synchronously via WebEx T
Google Wave looks like it could be killer software. I am especially interested in incorporating it into my curriculums and have been wondering if sharing a Wave via web content in pane during a WebEx session would provide that critical object-oriented whiteboard WebEx continues to lack.
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My group was ahead of the curve, converting just about 100% of our training classes to synchronous classes delivered via WebEx Training center about three years ago. With the down-turn in the economy I am seeing dozens more requests for synchronous meetings & classes. Right now I am getting up to speed on the integrated VC with WebEx and WebEx mobile.
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If you've read my profile you'll know that I am an educator with the New York State Department of Health and that I primarily teach applications. And we are not talking your standard Word/Excel stuff here, but custom built, web-based apps designed to allow public health and health care professionals to prepare for and respond to any kind of public health emergency, man-made or otherwise. When I started, we did all of our training in the classic, instructor-led classroom with all of the associated costs as well as the geographic and time requirements. Time on the road for me and the students. Finding venues. The need to collect enough material to make a half or full day of training worth while, and of course if the students weren't available when I was in town, well hope to catch you next time around. But about four years ago we changed all that and began delivering training through a virtual synchronous classroom: WebEx Training Center. Now I am able to deliver class as they are needed to whoever needs them as teaching synchronously complete removes the need for students and teacher to be physically in the same location. Classes can be shorter and more focused on specific tools and topics, and certainly provide much more opportunity for hands on practice since the students are already at their computers. I can offer more sessions for each topic giving as many students as possible a chance to attend. And all this is possible at significantly reduced costs, as venue, travel and overtime expenses are simply eliminated altogether. Of course it took a while to get the classes right as you can't just take your stand-up course online. It doesn't work -- believe me I tried. While it seems a success at first you'll quickly realize how woefully inadequate your programs are. After much searching I came across the Synchronous Learning Expert Certification course offered by Insync Training. Completing this certification has completely re-invigorated my training programs and I highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to deliver training through WebEx or any other synchronous classroom platform. Learning exactly how to deliver the best possible learning experience for my users has been life changing. If you want to know more about my SLE experience head over to the WebEx Training Center Blog. I'll be posting a paper that was actually part of the curriculum. Next up for me with collaboration: 1. I hope to help make this forum a one-stop shop for synchronous teaching discussion and best-practices and 2. Integrate my curriculum with our learning management system. We've already got the API in place and it's now just a matter of bringing the courses into the LMS.
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Maybe getting a little off-point for Speech recognition, but what I really need is for WebEx to be able to capture the conversation and convert it to closed captions, without the overhead ($$) of a captionist sitting in the meeting. Accessibility is a big deal for us and this would go along way to fixing a significant issue. I've tried various solutions, including using windows built-in tools to at least capture the conversation to Word while I present to mixed results. Word needs focus to capture the text so you have to have two PCs running, and there is far too much training to get accurate results. As soon as a participant speaks up, accuracy drops way off.
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