CCC Confer is located at Palomar College in San Marcos. It is a project funded through a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and directed by education technology guru Blaine Morrow, this month's CENIC Featured Star Performer.
CCC Confer is one of the most useful—and most used—technology tools for California's community colleges. It is a free service through which anyone in the California Community Colleges system can create and manage conference calls, Web conferences, live office hours, remote interactive classrooms, Web-based seminars, and more, all enhanced with the rich media content that requires a reliable, high-performance network like the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) California Research and Education Network (CalREN).
CCC Confer allows for planned and impromptu meetings of two or more people, either by telephone or by using both the phone and the World Wide Web to share content. With Web conferencing, users can share content (PowerPoint slides, documents, and the like), co-browse the Web, share applications, poll an audience or use a whiteboard for taking notes. It also includes public and private chat features and the ability to archive the entire session.
Some faculty use this for teaching classes and others for holding office hours with students, and CCC Confer also facilitates a lot of organizational meetings, professional development and tutorial applications. This flexibility and freedom offered as a free CCC service makes CCC Confer the Web-based teaching, training and communications tool of choice for faculty and staff serving a student base of 2.9 million students.
Morrow arrived at Palomar College from Michigan State University, where he was a faculty member at the College of Education and served as director of several statewide educational technology projects, including an after-school computer clubhouse program, a tele-mentoring program, a technology training program for faculty and a Web-based literacy environment. Morrow was also a faculty member in Wayne State University's Information Science department.
Morrow is also the director of 3C Media Solutions, the educational media distribution network dedicated to assisting the California Community Colleges with the most up-to-date media solutions available. 3C Media Solutions delivers media content throughout the CCC system 24/7, through television and the Internet, including high-quality, digital broadcasts through two channels, 3CTV and 3C Community Network. 3C Media Solutions is also based at Palomar College and funded through a grant from the CCC Chancellor's Office.
Educational technology specialists like Blaine Morrow ensure that all users of advanced networks obtain the most benefit from them. He has also acted as a force for innovation by constantly pushing the envelope of what the network and the applications that use it can deliver.
California's education and research communities leverage their networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students.
CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected.
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Janis Cortese is Manager of Publicity and Communications at CENIC.