4 Top-Notch Hacks for Bringing Personality and Productivity to Online Meetings

Dawn Montemayor, Virtual Chief Security Officer, CyberRisk Solutions

Whether you’re running a meeting with high level executives or having a group client meeting there are some simple things you can do to keep online meetings interesting, productive, and even entertaining. While virtual meetings don’t have the same personal touch as face-to-face meetings, there are some huge benefits to them such as flexibility in scheduling, saving time with commuting, and sometimes higher productivity.  When looking to bring some of the softer touches to online meetings, these hacks add a personal flair that are sure to result in higher engagement, and frankly, more fun to your meetings!

1. Keep the meeting size small

In the spirit of keeping things focused, this is always a good way to ensure high engagement.  If you’re trying to accomplish several things in a single meeting, it’s easy for things to get derailed when there are too many attendees.

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Newest NSF ATE Center Focuses On the Future in Micro Nano Technology Education (MNT-EC)

Jared Ashcroft, PI and Center Director, MNT-EC, Pasadena Community College and Billie Copley, Nano-Link Center for Nanotechnology Education

Microsystems and nanosystems technologies are becoming, if not already, pervasive throughout the daily human experience. The internet of things is expected to support a trillion micro-nano devices. Examples of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) include pressor sensors, microphones, accelerometers, time-keeping devices, photonic devices, and medical instrumentation. The growth and convergence of these technologies will expand for the foreseeable future as the miniaturization and integration processes continue. With this growth comes the need for a hi-tech workforce, and that workforce requires an education that keep pace with rapidly advancing technologies.

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STEM Technician Students Surveyed About Remote Instruction

Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, and Lakshmi Jayaram, President, Inquiry Research Group

During the recent “virtual” Spring Meeting of the Florida Forum on Engineering Technology, participants expressed concern about technician students’ experience in moving to remote instruction this semester due to COVID-19. Based on early reports from community college partners, the transition has been challenging, and some programs indicated students are even considering withdrawing from their programs. As one faculty member explained: “They have given up. [Students] feel they can’t do this online without support.” There was interest in discussing this topic further at the next ET Forum due to both the uncertainty related to the return of in-person instruction and the perceived need to improve student comfort and confidence in online learning. To help inform that discussion, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and the Inquiry Research Group LLC teamed up to create a small pilot survey to collect some initial feedback from Florida technician students about their online experience this past semester.

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