Babson College (Mass.) has been working with web conferencing technologies since the 1990s, says Tova Garcia Duby, operations and ePlatform manager.
Recent advancements in web conferencing have helped replicate a true classroom feeling online.
Garcia Duby expects new web conferencing capabilities to allow enrollment to grow to 200 in September, at least double the number of students now.
After working in state government policy development and program implementation, I co-founded a company to promote conferencing and related conflict management practices.
Some of the lessons discussed here have direct relevance for social welfare applications of conferencing. Others may be of indirect relevance.
The genesis of conferencing programs in New Zealand and Australia (Australasia) has been described extensively (Hudson et al., 1996).
The good news is you already may have on hand most, or all, of the ingredients for video conferencing.
Given these statistics, it should be obvious that video conferencing from home, using current technology, requires the widest broadband connection we can get and some techno tricks to lower the data rate.
Adapting Braithwaite's (2002) hypothesis to child welfare conferencing enables us to see, however, even in the social control sphere of child protection, an important difference between the ultimatist social worker who threatens the parent with loss of her child if she does not comply with her instructions, on the one hand, and on the other, the process of collaborating with the parent and others involved to prevent escalation up the regulatory pyramid.
FGC in child welfare differs from some other kinds of conferencing, mediation, or alternative dispute resolution.
Braithwaite's regulatory pyramid provides a framework for conceptualizing family group conferencing as a way to achieve differential response more adequately to meet family, community and government needs.
Similarly, family group conferencing does not result in the same plans based on similar precipitating problems.