Yes, I've been to all the links. In my opinion, at this time, Google probably offers the most potential for our particular needs, although we have yet to define them in detail. In any case, it's a good place to start from, but whether we stay with it will depend on our demands and it's capability. Programmers are likely to have had experience working with it.
I agree that some email correspondence in advance of a meeting is a good use of time and technology. We could use the SIAST LearnLinc server which allows voice communication and application sharing, which we use extensively at SIAST to deliver course content in a synchronous modality. It's simple to use. We could give that a try (need headset of course).
Give it a try, go to http://learnlinc.siast.sk.ca/LearnLinc/lms/login.pl?template_dir=learnlinc
Click on link to create a user account. The first time you should be prompted to install a small application on your computer to run LearnLinc, which you should allow, then it puts you through a microphone and speaker test.
Then log into the server with your new credentials, scroll down the list of courses until you see my name "Curt Schroeder", which is my LearnLinc sandbox. This is a Web conference software that we support and is used by our students throughout North America, so it should meet our needs.
Once you have set up your LearnLinc account, send me an email and we'll organize a Web conference. If we accomplilshed this tomorrow (Friday) we're well on our way to facilitating progress on our map project.
Curt Schroeder Faculty Trainer
SIAST Wascana Campus
Regina, SK S4P 3A3
From: Malin Hansen [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:59 AM
To: kim Dohms
Cc: Schroeder, Curt
Subject: Meeting about map
Hi Kim and Curt,
Have we decided if we are having a meeting tomorrow (Friday) or not?
Perhaps it is not that urgent to meet yet and I am wondering if we can do some of this via e-mail, especially since we all have access to our own computers and could probably even meet on the phone:).
Kim, I know that you would like to discuss what questions to ask people and organizations who are to be included on the map, but I think we could come up with a questionnaire just from e-mailing back and forth a bit. Regarding the map, it might be better to wait until we have more information on what can be done. For example, I know that Google map would work, but I do not know its full potential.
Also, I would like to know how SWA's project demonstration map was done, but I have not had a chance to talk to the right person about it yet. Curt, have you had a chance to look into Google map as well as the map created by SWA? There were links to these in earlier e-mails.
Ok, so let me know if you still want to meet or if we can work on this separately for a little while longer. Kim, I will send you an e-mail with some ideas on questions later today.