Connecting in the Cloud

The Connecting in the Cloud series is an opportunity to come together in an informal, online setting to discuss challenges you're facing everyday. Registered members will participate in a facilitated brainstorming session around a specified topic, similar to an interest group but without the geographical challenges.


Upcoming Events

Technicians, join us for a new series of Connecting in the Cloud, just for you!  These sessions will be roundtable-type discussions where you can share your experience with fellow technicians.  We're hoping to create a place for you to learn from each other, improve your skills, and help new folks entering the AV world get up to speed.
 
Jim Spencer from the University of Notre Dame and Kayden Kassof from American University will lead the first installment of this series where we'll talk about TOOLS!  What's your favorite tool and why?  What do you keep in your tool kit?  Are there testers or other specialized equipment you use regularly that really helps you out?
 
Come meet other technicians from around the country for a lively chat on Thursday, April 22 at 11am Eastern.  Be sure to register through CCUMC to receive the Zoom meeting link.
 
The Professional Development Committee looks forward to seeing you there!
REGISTER NOW

 

Past Events

Thursday, April 8 at 2pm ET
Title: Connecting in the Cloud Session: Unraveling the mysteries of RFPs

At this session we discussed creating a framework for an RFP, things to consider that you may not have thought of, procurement and contracting policies, and more.

 

Thursday, March 18 at 2pm ET
Title: Creative Commencement

Discussing some examples of creative commencements held during COVID times, how commencements were modified, and the technology and gear needed to accommodate these creative solutions.

 


 

Thursday, February 18 at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

This session we'll host an open discussion as we kick off the spring semester.  


 

Thursday, October 29th at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

Join us for open discussion sessions every other Thursday through the end of the summer.  Topics will flow based on what folks want to discuss and can include leadership and administration, technical solutions, hardware considerations, and more!  If you have a question or want to share something you've been working on, please join us.


Thursday, September 17th at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

Join us for open discussion sessions every other Thursday through the end of the summer.  Topics will flow based on what folks want to discuss and can include leadership and administration, technical solutions, hardware considerations, and more! 


Thursday, September 4th at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

Join us for open discussion sessions every other Thursday through the end of the summer.  Topics will flow based on what folks want to discuss and can include leadership and administration, technical solutions, hardware considerations, and more! 


Thursday, August 21st at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

Join us for open discussion sessions every other Thursday through the end of the summer.  Topics will flow based on what folks want to discuss and can include leadership and administration, technical solutions, hardware considerations, and more! 

 


Thursday, August 6th at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

Join us for open discussion sessions every other Thursday through the end of the summer.  Topics will flow based on what folks want to discuss and can include leadership and administration, technical solutions, hardware considerations, and more! 

 


Thursday, July 23rd at 2pm ET
Title: Open Discussion 

Join us for open discussion sessions every other Thursday through the end of the summer.  Topics will flow based on what folks want to discuss and can include leadership and administration, technical solutions, hardware considerations, and more!


Thursday, July 9th at 2pm ET
Title: "Remote vs. In Person Services: A Discussion of Leadership" 

Possible topics could include: planning for Fall (staffing levels, student workers, office layouts, legal issues), remote vs. onsite services, engaging with remote teams, and ongoing support for professional development.

 


Thursday, June 18th at 2pm ET
Topic: What Will Classes Look Like in the Fall - Part 2

For part two, we want to focus on the less technological aspects of the fall semester. Possible topics could include hybrid classroom logistics, social distancing and classroom seating, sanitizing electronics, signage and communication campaigns, thermal sensors and screening, etc. Remember that these are freeform, member guided discussions, so please don't hesitate to bring your own questions and topics to the group! 

Hosts: Emerging Technologies Interest Group - Jim Spencer, University of Notre Dame and Trey Herb, University of Florida

 


Thursday, June 4th at 2pm at ET
Topic: What Will Classes Look Like in the Fall - Part 1

Join us for the second “Connecting in the Cloud” session on Thursday, June 4th where we'll discuss how technology is rising to the challenge and enabling hybrid classrooms and safer learning environments. What will your classrooms look like in August? 

Hosts: Emerging Technologies Interest Group - Jim Spencer, University of Notre Dame and Trey Herb, University of Florida

 


Thursday, May 21 at 2pm at ET
Topic: Commencement and the Disruption of Normal End of the Year Practices

Host: Joe Way, University of Southern California



Sustainability of Installations: Hidden Costs of the Future - 06/06/19

Our first topic is Sustainability of Installations: Hidden Costs of the Future and will explore questions like: how do you deal with it?, how do you make a business case upfront for sustained funding?, and how have you been successful?  If you have experience in this area or are currently experiencing these problems, pleas join.  We hope to have a rich dialog among members so we can learn from each other and possibly create a best practices guide for the future.


Managing Student Workers - 02/13/20

Our next topic is Managing Student Workers and will explore concepts like recruiting and retaining a diverse student workforce, managing training and performance review, and rewarding well performing student employees without budget for pay raises.  If you have experience with managing students or are currently having difficulties with student employees, please consider joining us.  We hope to have a rich dialog among members so we can learn from each other and possibly create a best practices guide for the future