|CIO's Corner: Aloha and Keeping Green
As we bid farewell to Aloha Airlines, we can also contemplate the challenges ahead of us in interisland travel. It will be no surprise if fares rise as schedules become less accommodating of our expectations. At the same time, we know that reducing the number of short airplane trips we take and our time in cars on the road are important ways each of us can reduce our personal impact on the environment.
So this is a good time to think about ways to meet and collaborate with others without traveling.
This edition of InfobITS describes how you can use Laulima, the UH implementation of the Sakai community source learning and collaboration environment, to work asynchronously with others around the UH system and beyond. Laulima can supports all kinds of groups with a variety of tools and document repositories to support committees, councils and task forces.
While Laulima is primarily focused on asynchronous collaboration and learning, a number of other tools help people in different places work together in real time.
Our other new collaboration service, Halawai, is the UH implementation of Adobe Connect, which is derived from the former Macromedia Breeze product. Halawai allows people to work together in real time at their desktops via the Internet with combinations of audio, video, text chat and screen-sharing for presentations or more collaborative interactions.
These new capabilities complement our stable of more traditional teleconferencing tools:
- Our H.323 videoconferencing systems enable collaboration among all UH campuses and anywhere in the world with adequate Internet or Internet2 access and industry-standard equipment.
- HITS2 is widely used for distance learning at UH campuses and education centers throughout the State of Hawaii.
- And a good ol' audio-conferencing bridge attached to our phone system enables people anywhere to dial-in for a chat.
So next time you're thinking about traveling to a meeting, consider whether you can do it online.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, ITS