Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Meet Me On The Web

As the semester draws to a close at US universities, we receive many inquiries that require “interactive” meetings where we can either see someone else’s computer screen or where we can show them how to achieve some educational goal using our system.  We use GotoMeeting to conduct these meetings.  They tend to be of four types.  The first, and most common, is people who are thinking about adopting FTS in the future, and these meetings usually consist of an overview of the system and its application in different courses.  The second is from people using our system for experimental research.  The third, usually before the start of the semester, is from instructors asking how to integrate specific parts of the system in their upcoming course.  The fourth type is from existing users of the system asking “how can I do “ something related to the end of the semester, whether it is students asking how to create reports or instructors asking how to get particular information on student performance.
It struck me today, when a flurry of requests for meeting came in, that we actually do a lot of these and on a regular basis, specially at the beginning and end of each semester.  For example, I did a series of meetings in December and January for an instructor who wanted to design a specific type of market microstructure course; the course was taught this spring.  Other example is of meetings on experimental research with our interactive markets and also with our (separate) experimental system; these meetings can be quite involved, and include going through details of experiment design and can require modifications of our system to accommodate the research needs.   And of course there are ongoing periodic meetings with instructors as their courses progress.
Time zones have not really been a problem; the most difficult time zones are those 12 hours ahead of us, which makes late evening or early morning for one of the parties.  And we enjoy the interaction.  So if you have questions, please contact us; we will be happy to meet you on the web.

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