Conference Sessions & Workshops

By Larry B, February 10, 2010

Here is a sampling of public appearances:

  • Tools and Best Practices for the Enterprise Streaming Media Department
    Streaming Media East Conference (New York, NY) (May 2008)
  • From the conference program: This session will bring together four frontline streaming media professionals to discuss their favorite toolsets and techniques for producing enterprise communications and training content. The emphasis will be on in-house production with “off-the-shelf” tools and apps, rather than turnkey or outsourced solutions. What works and what should be avoided? What is the best way to maximize your budget? How can you leverage existing infrastructure already inside your organization? This and more will be covered in this enterprise-focused session.

  • Educational Mashups:
    NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computing Program) Conference (Portsmouth, NH) (April 2008)
  • Larry demonstrated the HLink tool, a Facebook application linking students’ Facebook presence to their academic activities in the Learning Management System (LMS).

    From the program: Mashups, created by linking Web 2.0 applications together, harness the collective intelligence of the internet to create dynamic displays of engaging information that can be created for a wide variety of disciplines and easily integrated into curriculums. This SIG will provide a snapshot how Mashups have evolved in the past year, demonstrate tools that are emerging that simplify the creation of Mashups, show examples of educational Mashups and demonstrate how they were built.

  • Video Search: Finding Content In A Thousand-Channel UniverseStreaming Media West Conference (San Jose, CA) (November 2007)
  • From the conference program: With the arrival of “video everywhere” and increasing online video viewership, what role does search need to play to make it easier for consumers to find what they want to watch? Indexing and chapterizing video to make it easily searchable can make the content much more valuable and effective, but that alone won’t increase consumption. With the recent upgrades of searchable video services by major portals and the deals made with big media properties to index streaming and downloadable entertainment, video searching is quickly becoming crucial to today’s content economy. Learn how some of today’s search services work and what’s being developed to make them even better.

  • Understanding Web 2.0 – New Web Communications TechnologiesACI (Association for Conservation Information) Conference (Lenox, MA) (July 2007)
  • The Association for Conservation Information is an association of U.S. and Canadian fish and wildlife agency communicators, writers, editors, media producers, and PR and marketing professionals. This half-day workshop focused on understanding the latest trends and tools available to communicators and how best to harness them for maximum impact.

    From the program:
    In the last few years, new technologies have transformed the way people and institutions communicate on the Web. This session will review the evolution of the Web, with the latest data on home connectivity, changing usage patterns and demographics. We’ll explore the opportunities created by new technologies such as blogging, RSS, streaming audio/video, iTunes and podcasting, and learn how to measure whether these techniques are successful. Finally, we’ll hear from our peers who are already using these techniques for their organizations.

  • Business Models for the FutureVideo on the Net (VON) Conference (Boston, MA) (September 2006)
  • From the conference program: With all the new functionality enabled through technology, there are questions to be answered and strategies to be designed. Can video bloggers and podcasters make any money? How do aggregation sites make money? How does distribution via RSS podcasting and videoblogging muddy the waters? What do the industry’s leaders see on the horizon for long term business strategy, acquistions, mergers and investments? How are they morphing their programs to include RSS, podcasting, video blogging, community content, personalized advertising insertion, hybrid portable devices and mobile video anywhere.

  • Developing Sustainable Content StrategiesGilbane Conference on Content Management (Boston, MA) (December 2005)
  • Every successful deployment of a content management application begins with a well-planned content strategy. Smart companies know that attention to the strategy doesn’t end when the pilot project or initial implementation is up and running.  We examine actual business and IT planning scenarios and identify the characteristics associated with successful content technology deployment. 

  • Experiences with Enterprise DAM
    DAM Symposium (Los Angeles, CA) (November 2005)
  • In this panel discussion, executives from Harvard Business School, Warner Brothers Pictures, Sony, Disnay and Lifetime Enetertainment discuss their experiences with planning, deploying and maintaining digital asset management initiatives. Large DAM initiatives differ from small ones in important ways, but there are also some common characteristics to all DAM efforts. We’ll discuss the differences, similarities, and strategies for making your DAM iniitiative successful. Look at some notes about Larry’s digital asset management presentation.

  • Content Technology Works Keynote, Content Management Best Practices & Implementation StrategiesGilbane Conference on Content Management (San Francisco, CA) (April 2005)
  • To a full house at Gilbane’s intensive content management event, Larry spoke about how companies can effectively plan and deploy media content management technologies.  We examined actual business and IT planning scenarios and identify the characteristics associated with successful content technology deployment. The keynote set the stage for the day’s track of user success stories and case studies. A summary is available in the weblog post Media Content and Delivery Management at HBS: Videotools

  • Best Practices in Streaming Media for EducationRealNetworks eLearning Roadshow (Boston, MA) (October 2004)
  • For this RealNetworks workshop on making the most effective use of Streaming Media, Larry walked the audience through a series of real-world examples of best (and a few worst!) practices in building effective multimedia content for teaching and learning.

  • Download Versus Streaming: Understanding The Differences And Knowing The Value Each One HoldsStreaming Media West 2003 (Santa Clara, CA) (October 2003)
  • One of the most frequently asked questions about delivering online video is “What’s the difference between streaming video and downloading video?” Let’s face it, as a user clicking a video link on a web page, you often won’t know which method you’re using, unless you poke around a little. But streaming and downloading are distinct methods of delivery, each with its own benefits and limitations. We’ll take a look at the difference between the two methods, and make some suggestions about when you should choose one or the other for your projects.

  • Effective Streaming Media For Teaching And e-Learning – Strategies For Educational InstitutionsStreaming Media West 2003 (Santa Clara, CA) (October 2003)
  • Learn how education institutions are using streaming today and how enterprises can take their cue from academia by using streaming technology to enhance their distance learning and corporate training initiatives. Hear first-hand examples of how streaming media technology is being used to support classroom learning and provide distance learning; and how hybrid models are emerging that offer the best of both worlds.

  • Effective Streaming Media For Teaching And Learning – Strategies For Educational Institutions And The EnterpriseStreaming Media New York (May 2003) [eLearning Strategies Slides (424k PDF )]
  • How can streaming media support teaching and learning in educational institutions and the enterprise? What are the tools, teams, and processes that lead to successful and scalable usage of streaming media for education? This case study presentation is a chock-full-of-examples, overview of best practices and some key pitfalls in creating and delivering instructional content in an educational setting. See how streaming media technology is being used to support classroom learning and provide distance learning; and how hybrid models are emerging that offer the best of both worlds.

  • Streaming Strategies for EducatorsStreaming Media East 2002 (New York) (October 2002)
  • Educational institutions have long been a testing ground for the latest technological breakthroughs that change the way we work and live. What’s being done in educational research and application that can transfer to the corporate world? Panelists discussed what’s happening in education today and how enterprises can take their cue from academia by using streaming technology to enhance their distance learning and corporate training initiatives.

  • The Culture of Our Digital WorldOrlando Technology Forum – Florida Film Festival (Orlando) (June 2002)
  • With a panel that included lawyers, philosophers, producers and technologists, this session explored the interface between technology and our culture.  Larry explored with the audience how the nature of using web media has fundamentally changed people’s expectations about how to get and absorb information. It has implications for storytelling, teaching and learning, video production techniques, and delivery and search technology.

  • ELearning – Latest Advances in Education and Distance LearningStreaming Media East 2001 (New York) (December 2001)
  • Larry was the moderator of this lively session that included panelists from both academia and the enterprise. “Educational institutions have long been a testing ground for the latest technological breakthroughs that change the way we work and live. What’s being done in educational research and application that can transfer to the corporate world? Learn what’s happening in education today and how enterprises can take their cue from academia by using streaming technology to enhance their distance learning and corporate training initiatives.

  • eLearning and Digital Media Classroom SessionSyllabus 2001 (Boston) (November 2001)
    In this session for educators, Larry presented an chock-full-of-examples overview of best practices and some key pitfalls in creating and delivering instructional content in an educational setting.  ”Learn how to use digital media to enhance classroom and distance learning. We’ll cover the key components of an e-Learning solution and how you can implement audio and video content that meets your institution’s unique needs. Included will be real-world examples from schools that already employ this technology.”
  • Developing an E-Learning Solutions StrategyRealNetworks Conference 2001 (Seattle) (September 2001)
    Larry, with Jim Dilanni of Oracle Corporation, talked about a strategic approach to eLearning deployments.  From the content production to the technology decisions, having a clear and consistent strategy can make your eLearning initiative a success.

    “Achieve a competitive advantage for your organization by learning how to use digital media to deliver optimized training and education to employees and other stakeholders across your organization. You will learn the components of an e-Learning solution, and how you can implement a solution that meets your organization’s unique needs–whether you want to make packaged training titles available to all employees on the intranet or want to develop your own training titles and deliver them via a Learning Management System. The session will also cover solutions available to educational institutions wishing to incorporate a distance-learning model.”

  • Learning Environments that WorkOroOro TeachersLab Conference (Amsterdam)(January 2001)
    The OroOro TeachersLab conference brought together New Media experts from around the world to present to and confer with 1000 European university professors about the opportunities, strategies, and global implications for eLearning at all educational levels. Larry’s session focused on developing a strategy that emphasizes creating sustainable momentum in your organization for teaching and learning through effective use of technology.

  • Using streaming technology to enhance your on-site and Distance Learning initiativesStreaming Media West 2000 (San Jose) (December 2000)
  • eLearning Solutions – What works?RealNetworks Conference 2000 (San Jose)(May 2000)
  • Distance learning – What successes are universities and educational institutions having with streamed learning and why?Streaming Media West 1999 (San Jose) (December 1999)
  • Intranet development – leveraging your video assets and capacity to the fullestStreaming Media East 1999 (New York)(June 1999)
  • Distance learning over Intranets with streaming videoStreaming Media West 1998 (San Francisco)(December 1998)
    “Distance learning. It’s often been described as the “killer” app for streaming media over the corporate network. And this is the session that shows you how streaming video – and other media – can be used for distributed interactive training, both live and on-demand. You’ll discover what type of training is best suited to video, how to get around the problem of certification and the options for out-sourcing management. You’ll find out how streaming differs from conventional video training. And, most important of all, you’ll hear about the human factors that must be considered when training staff on a computer monitor.”

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