RSVPed Attending The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Virtual Meetings

We Are Open Co-op is proud to present our new, free email-based course: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Virtual Meetings! This is part of a new series we have entitled… Skills for the New Normal

This is a useful email-based course that helps break down virtual meetings into seven points of consideration:

  1. Preparation
  2. Privacy
  3. Collaboration
  4. Communication
  5. Projection
  6. Etiquette
  7. Affirmations

Although some aspects may seem obvious, what the course does really well is clearly laying out a map of the land. I think that the challenge is reviewing and refining the new normal that has quickly become ingrained.

Bookmarked We read the privacy policies of Skype, Meet, and Webex: 10 ways videoconferencing systems can better protect privacy for customers (

Video conferencing services are a critical part of how people are weathering the physical distancing required at this time, and people shouldn’t have to make a choice between social connections, or work, or their privacy. Consumers deserve to access these services without sacrificing the privacy or security of their data and conversations.

Bill Fitzgerald take a look at the policies of Skype, Google Meet and Webex. He uses the comparative policy analysis rubric to provide a list of recommendations. Some of the suggestions includes treating video calls like email in that they maybe recorded and create an account to access a one-time conference using a throwaway email address, or making strategic “mistakes” in the accuracy of the information you provide. What is interesting is that for many of the points of concern, the only answer is to not use the application.
Bookmarked New Meet features to improve distance learning (Google)

Our team has been so inspired by the remarkable work of educators and school leaders around the world, who continue to adapt as schools shift to remote learning. Today, 120 million students and educators are using G Suite for Education worldwide to create, collaborate and communicate despite school closures. With this increase in usage, one consistent theme we’ve heard is that educators are looking for ways to continue teaching and collaborating in a virtual environment that is safe and secure. We’re sharing some ways we’re making Google Meet, a core service of G Suite for Education, work even better for schools.

Google have released a raft of updates associated with Google (Hangouts) Meet. This includes the ability to integrate with Google Classroom and restrict who can rejoin a meeting through the creation of a nickname. Eric Curts has unpacked these changes and other aspects in a series of videos. It is easy to overlook what must be involved with turning around such updates. Maybe they have been in the works for a while or they were prioritised.