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The Conferencing Zone Week in Review: USDA, Flu Season, and More


January 27, 2018

Distance learning was key when it came to conferencing this week. Video conferencing is going to transform healthcare and the educational system. Additionally, we learned how much illness will affect businesses financially so it seems like the perfect time for The Conferencing Zone Week in Review.

Everyone is being constantly advised to get their flu shots and there could be a monetary method to the reminders. According to research from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, employers can lose approximately nine billion dollars in productivity during the 2017-2018 flu season. The research organization advises against flu-stricken individuals from working, even if they want to because they are not taking care of themselves. Furthermore, they are exposing others to the same illness which can call for more illness.

The USDA has gifted The Vermont State Colleges System with a $388,988 grant for remote learning. This will help students who live in more rural areas get the best in education as well as offer job training and healthcare services. “Distance Learning technology has the potential to close the geographic divide faced by rural America and bring resources to communities that are not readily available,” said Acting State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire Jon-Michael Muise. 

Sticking with videoconferencing and how it is evolving, huddle rooms are making video technology part of the regular protocol. “We saw a drastic increase in the implementation of visual communication technologies particularly in a huddle space format and a move by businesses to embrace cloud-based videoconferencing and collaboration technologies, enabling staff to work remotely,” says Marius van Wyk of SkyGroup Communications, commenting on trends of the recent past.

Dental colleges like the University of the Western Cape (UWC) are now implementing video conferencing to allow students the chance to experience all types of oral surgeries without having to leave their homes or classrooms. It is allowing for a more flexible schedule, especially for those with full-time jobs and children. The University of Southern California and Indiana University School of Dentistry are among the other schools who have participated in distance learning.

And there you have it; all the news fit in one tiny package. But, come back to The Conferencing Zone early and often next week so you don’t miss a moment!



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