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Webinars/Workshops/Virtual Events

Virtually Inspired, Innovations in Online Learning
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 10am – 11am ET

KINBER is pleased to offer this webinar for the KINBER member community to learn about Virtually Inspired, a research project led by KINBER founding member, Drexel University, to uncover the best of breed technology-enhanced online courses and programs indicative of the “Online Classroom of the Future.”

Virtually Inspired researches the globe to find best practices in online learning, investigating the latest technologies and what is “trending” by looking at innovative use of technologies including adaptive learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, gamification and simulations, holography, learning platforms/tools, robotic telepresence, video, virtual labs, virtual worlds, and other technologies on the horizon.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Susan Aldridge, senior vice president for Online Learning at Drexel University and Marci M. Powell, USDLA Chair Emerita and Past President, Global Partnerships Committee Chair.

Register here by Feb. 20th to reserve your spot!

Prior Trainings/Webinars/Virtual Events


Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 10am – 11am ET

January monthly meeting of the new Cybersecurity Working Group. This group brings together interested members of the community to:

• Better understand and identify available security resources for PA organizations.
• Identify and participate in new security pilots and services.
• Share best practices and opportunities.
• Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on cybersecurity offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 10am – 11am ET

January meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 10am – 11am ET

KINBER was pleased to offer this webinar for the KINBER community in partnership with CTC Technology & Energy.

As we enter a new political era in Washington, there are big changes on the E-Rate horizon, and all libraries should educate themselves now about how to benefit from this program. E-rate is an important federal program that provides substantial discounts to schools and public libraries for internet access and connectivity among facilities. Join this webinar to learn about how to maximize the benefits of the E-Rate program and how to develop a strategy to maximize the funding opportunity. Most importantly, the webinar suggested strategies for using the program to hedge against potential changes or reductions in funding that may be ahead.

This webinar was presented by Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy. Joanne is an attorney with background in communications and commercial litigation. She is also the CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), and former president of the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA). She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fiber to the Home Council and the Benton Foundation.


Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 10am – 11am ET

KINBER was pleased to offer a webinar for KINBER members to learn about the benefits of The Quilt VMware Convenience Contract. This webinar provided an overview of why institutions choose to utilize The Quilt VMware Convenience Contract including:

• The Quilt contract is pre-negotiated, allowing customers the ability to purchase VMware products quickly and easily as all procurement rules and requirements have been met and done for them.
• The Quilt contract has the best pricing structure for Education Customers outside of ELA’s, that require large upfront purchase commitments.
• The Quilt VMware contract is a cooperative agreement and is therefore not protestable under the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) allowing institutions to avoid the costly and time consuming RFP process.
• Ease of procurement.
• No upfront purchasing commitement.

In addition to learning about The Quilt VMware Convenience Contract benefits attendees saw a sneak preview of the new Enrollment Integrated-Cloud Based Virtual Learning Labs product, VMware Learning Platform, designed to improve student experience in higher education through curriculum driven cloud based computing resources (labs, desktops) dynamically provisioned. This richly featured, powerful online learning and lab environment is delivered from the cloud to any device anywhere, anytime.

Presenters were Martin Gavin, Program Manager, VMware and Jay Elis, VP Business Solutions, Gantech.


Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 9am – 12pm ET

KINBER and Drexel University hosted this meeting with representatives from Samsung to explore opportunities to pilot 360 video in research and education. Contact Jennifer Oxenford at joxenford@kinber.org to learn more or participate in this pilot.


Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 10am – 11am ET

KINBER was pleased to offer this webinar for KINBER members to learn about the XSEDE Campus Champions program and HPC resources available to the KINBER community.

This webinar provided an overview of the NSF-funded XSEDE Campus Champions program and how it aids and supports research activities around the world. Attendees also learned about XSEDE resources now available through KINBER’s participation in the XSEDE Campus Champions program. The XSEDE Campus Champions program support campus representatives as a local source of knowledge about high-performance and high-throughput computing and other digital services, opportunities, and resources.

This webinar was presented by Henry Neeman, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology – Research Strategy Advisor; Director OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research and Dana Brunson, Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure; Director OSU High Performance Computing Center.


Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 10am – 11am ET

First monthly meeting of the new Cybersecurity Working Group. This group brings together interested members of the community to:

• Better understand and identify available security resources for PA organizations.
• Identify and participate in new security pilots and services.
• Share best practices and opportunities.
• Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on cybersecurity offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

For this first meeting we were joined by merit network professional development staff who shared unique and discounted training and cybersecurity certifications available for the KINBER community. Merit Network Professional Development presenters provided details on the Michigan Cyber Range and the Alphaville virtual environments which allow cybersecurity training opportunities for organizations of all sizes.


Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 10am – 11am ET  POSTPONED 

KINBER is pleased to offer this webinar for the KINBER member community to learn about Virtually Inspired, a research project led by KINBER founding member, Drexel University, to uncover the best of breed technology-enhanced online courses and programs indicative of the “Online Classroom of the Future.”

Virtually Inspired researches the globe to find best practices in online learning, investigating the latest technologies and what is “trending” by looking at innovative use of technologies including adaptive learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, gamification and simulations, holography, learning platforms/tools, robotic telepresence, video, virtual labs, virtual worlds, and other technologies on the horizon.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Susan Aldridge, senior vice president for Online Learning at Drexel University and Marci M. Powell, USDLA Chair Emerita and Past President, Global Partnerships Committee Chair.

This webinar is being rescheduled from its original date of 11/16 to early in 2017. 


Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 10am – 11am ET

November meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016 9:30am – 11am
Netrality 401 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

KINBER Operations and Engineering Team led this in-person PTAC meeting to provide a wrap-up debrief on PTAC activities to date, update about the new PTAC structure and mission, and how to get involved in future meeting opportunities. The role of the PennREN Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) has historically been to advise KINBER staff members, and the KINBER community as a whole, on issues affecting the architecture, engineering, design or operation of KINBER’s PennREN network. The discussion was led by Mike Carey, KINBER Director of Operations.


Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 18-21, 2016

Building on the success of the colocation of 2015 events, The Quilt, National Science Foundation’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure PI Workshop, National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure PI Workshop and the ESnet Site Coordinators Committee (ESCC), held their colocated meetings at the Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA October 18 – 21, 2016. KINBER was pleased to be serving as local host for this joint meeting.

View workshop presentation materials.


Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 10am – 11am ET

October meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 10am – 11am ET

This webinar featured Ben Fineman Program Manager, NET+ Video, Voice, and Collaboration Services, Internet2 and Jennifer Oxenford, Director of Community Engagement, KINBER who explored the boundaries of Real Applications of Virtual & Augment Reality in Research & Education. The research and education community has long been a leader in the use of virtual environments to further the academic mission, and new applications are emerging with wider access to commodity VR hardware. This webinar covered a brief evolution of virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 Video and help institutions new to these emerging applications understand the differences between them and what their potential impact is for education and research. Presenters also explored tangible, existing applications of virtual and augmented reality in our community, including a glimpse into the future Metaverse of networked virtual reality worlds. Participants also learned about VR/AR/360 video pilot partnership opportunities now being offered for Pennsylvania organizations to get involved in through KINBER.


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 10am – 11am ET

September meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Friday, September 9, 2016 9:30 am – 3 pm ET

Flight 93 National Memorial, in partnership with Internet2 and KINBER, was pleased to offer “Action to Honor” an interactive distance learning program exploring the story of the passengers and crew aboard Flight 93. In addition to the distance learning programs, live program content was streamed from the Flight 93 National Memorial from 9:00am – 3pm ET.

View the archived program videos, presentation image files, and full program schedule of the Flight 93 Sept. 9, 2016 events here.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10 am – 11 am ET

Hear an update on KINBER’s PennREN NOC services and learn how to make PennREN functions easier and more effective. Join the KINBER Network Engineering team to learn the following:

• How to report a trouble ticket to the PennREN NOC
• How the PennREN NOC services the customer
• Understand your Service IDs
• Technical contacts and site access procedures
• Viewing your network statistics
• DDoS attacks and remotely triggered black hole (RTBH)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016 11 am – 12 pm ET

KINBER is pleased to partner with NJVID to offer this interactive overview program where you will learn about new updates to the KINBER Digital Cloud digital repository service. This service is available to any KINBER member or PennREN connected institution in Pennsylvania that is interested in a scalable, affordable, secure digital repository service for storage and archival of all its digital needs. KINBER Digital Cloud can be used to enrich content, enhance learning and engage students in the classroom and online. Learn about new features in KINBER Digital Cloud including FlexCaptions.


Thursday, August 18, 2016 10am – 11am ET

Hear an update on KINBER and learn about new services (both on-net and above-net) available for organizations in Pennsylvania. Join Jennifer Oxenford, Director Community Engagement, as she shares updates on new services and opportunities available to institutions in Pennsylvania through KINBER including:

• KINBER Digital Cloud digital repository service
• BlueJeans cloud based video collaboration service
• VMware Convenience Contract discounts
• Discounted Professional Development (virtual, on-site, and custom)
• Disaster Recovery, Co-location, Managed Services and more through partners Sungard AS and TierPoint
• KINBER Professional Services


Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10am – 11am ET

August meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11am – 12pm ET

Free webinar to learn more about the KINBER BlueJeans videoconference cloud based solution available to education, healthcare, library, government, and non-profit institutions in Pennsylvania. Get a live demo and hear an update on latest feature enhancements and new functionality. Plus learn about how video can help your institution reach its strategic mission and goals through case studies and real world examples of how BlueJeans is being used today at research universities, two-year colleges, and healthcare organizations.

KINBER offers the BlueJeans Meet Me service through a strategic channel partnership with AT&T. BlueJeans Meet Me service offers institutions no Infrastructure to buy, manage or maintain, support for the widest range of video endpoints, including desktop and mobile, host or joining meetings from virtually anywhere. 

•             Capacity scaling to meet growing demands

•             Real-time HD content sharing, including videos

•             Cloud-based meeting recording and playback

•             Instant deployment

Learn more about BlueJeans and how you can take advantage of the service at discounted rates through KINBER’s consortium enterprise service.


Thursday, July 21, 2016 10am – 11am ET

July meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 1pm – 5pm ET
Dixon University Center, 2986 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA
South Hall Room 205

Brandon Ross, Chief Network Architect and CEO, Network Utility Force, will lead participants through this half day of IPv6 Fundamentals instruction, approved and certified by the IPv6 Forum. IPv6 Fundamentals instruction topics include, but are not limited to the following:  Addressing, Architecture, Capabilities, Configuration,  Features, Header Translation, Integration, Migration Planning, Packet Generation, QoS, Routing, Security, Specification, Transition Mechanisms, Troubleshooting, Tunneling

The workshop is free to Higher Ed, K12, Government, Healthcare, and non-profit members of the KINBER community but registration is required. This workshop is supported in whole or in part by the NSF CC*IIE Region: Accelerating the Adoption of Campus Cyberinfrastructure Technologies in Pennsylvania grant.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10am – 11am ET

Overview webinar with Rob Gardner, Senior Scientist, Enrico Fermi Institute and Senior Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago, User Support and Campus Grids Coordinator for the Open Science Grid to learn about Open Science Grid (OSG) and how it advances science through open distributed computing. The OSG is a multidisciplinary partnership to federate local, regional, community and national cyberinfrastrcutures to meet the needs of research and academic communities at all scales. The OSG is supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Thursday, June 30, 2016 10am – 11am ET

This FREE “how-to” Part 2 webinar provides insight into National Science Foundation (NSF) Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) proposal preparation.

KINBER brings you an in-depth look at the program that enables you to build your campus infrastructure or develop tools and support for robust research projects that require a network like PennREN. The NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure CC* 2016 program invests in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. Grant awards range from $200,000 – $1,500,000 over a two-year to four-year period.  Join Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO, KINBER for this in-depth “Part 2” webinar to:
• Understand the different funding areas of the program and what the funding areas will support.
• Learn about elements of a Campus Cyberinfrastructure proposal.
• Understand what KINBER resources are available to help you respond to the solicitation.
• Have your questions answered.
• Discuss and explore possibilities.


Thursday, June 30, 2016 10am – 11am ET

This FREE “how-to” webinar provides insight into National Science Foundation (NSF) Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) proposal preparation.

KINBER brings you an in-depth look at the program that enables you to build your campus infrastructure or develop tools and support for robust research projects that require a network like PennREN. The NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure CC* 2016 program invests in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. Grant awards range from $200,000 – $1,500,000 over a two-year to four-year period.  Join Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO, KINBER for this in depth webinar to:
• Understand the different funding areas of the program and what the funding areas will support.
• Learn about elements of a Campus Cyberinfrastructure proposal.
• Understand what KINBER resources are available to help you respond to the solicitation.
• Have your questions answered.
• Discuss and explore possibilities.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 10am – 11am ET

June meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

Celebrating the idea that just one kid can make a difference, this two week standards-based program held every spring engages schools and libraries from around the world to hold their own lemonade stands – ranging from one stand to a series throughout the period – to help raise funds for pediatric cancer. Participants will communicate and interact with one another through the project blog, student-created videos, optional contests, and special videoconference events! The 2016 program features interactive video technology that allows schools to join from anywhere in the world using either their standard H.323 endpoints or via a simple web browser via Blue Jeans, available for free to project registrants via KINBER.


Thursday, May 12, 2016 10-11am ET

May meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


May 4, 8:30am – 9:30am ET

Kali Linux, developed and supported by Offensive Security, offers one of the most advanced platforms for gap and cyber security analysis. An OS designed for a fluid penetration testing experience, Kali presents a robust toolkit for evaluating your environment. The session will demonstrate and analyze potential gaps and security threats within district environments. The conversation will assess the vulnerabilities and evaluate ROI for securing these areas. (Gap Analysis & Security Evaluation Using Kali Linux is a part of Tech Talk Live’s pre-conference boot camp, Cyber Security Institute.) Through a partnership between IU13 and KINBER this Tech Talk Live session was streamed for free to all higher ed users registering with an .edu email address.


May 3, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Vulnerability assessments can be expensive. In this workshop, the basic process of conducting a vulnerability assessment using an open source tool – Kali Linux, formerly Backtrack – will be presented. This presentation will touch on the step to follow and the tools used to conduct those steps. It will include some demos, and give the audience enough information to continue exploring its use long after the conference. (Pen Testing with Kali Linux is a part of Tech Talk Live’s pre-conference boot camp, Cyber Security Institute.)  Through a partnership between IU13 and KINBER this Tech Talk Live session was streamed for free to all higher ed users registering with an .edu email address.


May 2, 10:45am – 12:00pm ET

This session will focus on the use of new technology in education including 3D printers, RFID technology, drones, electronic signatures, and virtual reality. Applicable laws, regulations, and any necessary policy changes will be addressed. Through a partnership between IU13 and KINBER this Tech Talk Live session was  streamed for free to all higher ed users registering with an .edu email address.


April 28, 2016 10-11am ET

This FREE webinar is geared for CIOs, CTOs, Network Directors / Managers, Network / Security Engineers, Lines of Business Influencers

With BYOD, IoT, and Cloud Computing, applications are everywhere and used by nearly everyone. Your business is driven by them, your students connect with you through them, and your employees can’t do their jobs without them. Because we rely on them, applications must be available when we need them, able to respond when we need them, and secure enough to protect employee and student confidential information. F5 provides application security services to ensure you can deliver the most secure, fast, and reliable applications to students, employees and vendors, anywhere, on any device, at any time. Key discussion topics include: How F5 and KINBER can deliver DDoS Mitigation (On-premise & Cloud) to ensure application availability at all times especially during Standardized Testing periods; SSL Visibility for Inbound and Outbound traffic; Secure access & authentication to on-premise and cloud based applications.

This webinar will focus on the need for application security services to mitigate business disruptions and to ensure student and employee productivity. Discover how to optimize application security at your organization with KINBER and f5 on Thursday, April 28, 2016.


April 19, 2016 10-11am ET

Join this webinar to learn more about Unizin, a partnership of like-minded universities connecting and developing educational technologies; and supporting a data-driven culture that engages, informs and expands best practices. Unizin provides a collaborative platform for faculty to create, share, and access high-quality learning resources.

Amin Quazi. Unizin, CEO, and Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State, Jennifer Sparrow, will also share how Penn State is leveraging the Unizin technology ecosystem and the collaborative relationships to increase student success and engagement, decrease cost to degree, and utilize the “largest learning laboratory” to make data driven decisions about student engagement. Understand what opportunities exist for your college/university to get involved with Unizin.


April 7, 2016 10-11am ET

Hear the latest updates from KINBER and learn about new last mile connectivity options (one size does not fit all!) as well as new on-net and above net services available for organizations in Pennsylvania. Updates will be provided on new PennREN network services as well as above the net services such as KINBER Digital Cloud, cloud based interactive video options, data storage solutions, and more. Ken Barber, Director Business Development and Jennifer Oxenford, Director Community Engagement will present updates and answer your questions on these new services and opportunities available through KINBER.


April 1, 2016 10-11am ET

Globus is software-as-a-service for research data management, developed at, and operated by, the University of Chicago. Globus provides high speed, secure file transfer; file sharing directly from existing stage systems; and data publication to institutional repositories, and is rapidly becoming the de facto file transfer tool on DTNs deployed in the Science DMZ.Vas Vasiliadis, Director, Products, Communication and Development at the Computation Instittue, University of Chicago will provide an overview and brief demonstration of Globus functionality, and will discuss common deployment requirements and best practices.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10-11am ET

March meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


March 1-2, 2016 8am-5pm ET

Developed and run by engineering experts from ESnet, Indiana University, and Internet2, this two-day OIN workshop event at the Bolger Conference Center on the Millersville University campus in Millersville, PA is designed to equip Research and Education network engineers with the knowledge and training needed to build next-gen campus networks that are optimized for data-intensive science. The workshop will focus on Science DMZ network architectures, perfSONAR performance measurement software, Data Transfer Nodes, and emerging Software Defined Networking techniques. Combined, these technologies are proven to support high-performance, big data science applications, including high-volume bulk data transfer, remote experiment control, and data visualization.


Thursday, February 4, 2016 10-11am ET

A FREE Webinar for Higher Education, K20, Libraries, Public Media, and State and Local Government

This Network Automation session will provide the opportunity to learn more about the drivers behind the greater demand for network capacity and flexibility, as well as the impact and value proposition hidden behind the following key points:
* Businesses are under pressure to keep up with consumption demands brought on by high-definition video, cloud services and always-on collaboration tools
* Enterprises are building more sophisticated networks that support private and hybrid clouds as well as flexible wide-area networks (WANs)
* Elimination of manual tasks and improved end-user service delivery models
* The rapid growth of social media and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Copper River IT can help you implement secure, robust and scalable network solutions that respond to your top priorities.This FREE webinar session will address a variety of network automation topics designed to drive down your total cost of ownership and maximize the investment in your network infrastructure.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10-11am ET

Research and Education Networks have enabled sharing across the globe of massive amounts of data from the large hadron collider, astronomy observatories, and genomics research institutions. Less known, but equally vital, has been the adoption of R&E networking in support of shared performing arts, humanities, and liberal arts education. Ann Doyle, Internet2, will discuss applications and evolving opportunities for our collaborative KINBER and Internet2 member community.


Thursday, January 21, 2016 10-11am ET

“How-to” Webinar provides insight into National Science Foundation (NSF) campus cyberinfrastructure proposal preparation.

KINBER brings you an in-depth look at the program that enables you to build your campus infrastructure or develop tools and support for robust research projects that require a network like PennREN. The NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) 2015 program invested in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. Grant awards range from $300,000 – $1,000,000 over a two-year period. It is expected that NSF will announce a similar solicitation for 2016. Join Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO, KINBER for this Part 2 webinar to:
• Understand the different funding areas of the program and what the funding areas will support.
• Learn about elements of a Campus Cyberinfrastructure proposal.
• Understand what KINBER resources are available to help you respond to the solicitation.
• Have your questions answered.
• Discuss and explore possibilities.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 10-11am ET

January meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016 10-11am ET

As part of the KINBER community, you can benefit from a behind the scenes glimpse of PennREN and the diagnostic tools and technical support available to you through PennREN and GlobalNOC.

This informational webinar helped participants to explore:

• GlobalNOC background and how it supports PennREN
• PennREN’s GlobalNOC Tool Suite Overview (highlights include database, monitoring and measurement)
• Pro Tips for engaging with GlobalNOC engineering and operations
• Automation and the network life cycle
• Tools you can use for operations support and network measurement


Tuesday, December 15, 2015 10-11am ET

“How-to” Webinar provides insight into National Science Foundation (NSF) campus cyberinfrastructure proposal preparation.

KINBER brings you an in-depth look at the program that enables you to build your campus infrastructure or develop tools and support for robust research projects that require a network like PennREN. The NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) 2015 program invested in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. Grant awards range from $300,000 – $1,000,000 over a two-year period. It is expected that NSF will announce a similar solicitation for 2016. Join Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO, KINBER for a webinar to:
• Learn about elements of a campus cyberinfrastructure proposal
• Understand what resources are available to help you respond to the solicitation, including within KINBER
• Have your questions answered
• Discuss and explore possibilities


December Collaborative Video Working Group
Monday, December 14, 2015 10-11 a.m. EDT

December meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


November Collaborative Video Working Group
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10-11 a.m. EDT

November meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Blue Jeans MeetMe Training for Pilot Participants
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1-2 p.m. EST

Join us for this next Blue Jeans training for institutions participating in the Blue Jeans pilot and anyone wanting to learn more about the Blue Jeans cloud based videoconference platform or the KINBER Blue Jeans pilot.


October Collaborative Video Working Group
Thursday, October 29, 2015 10-11 a.m. EDT

October meeting of the interactive Collaborative Video Working Group.
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

ATLAS LIVE! A Virtual Visit to CERN
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 10-11 a.m. EDT

This unique educational outreach program was designed to engage students and the public about what’s happening as part of one of the largest global scientific experiments in the world. The ATLAS Experiment at CERN is one of the largest most complex scientific instruments ever constructed. It is designed to explore the inner universe, advancing our understanding of the basic building blocks of nature. Three thousand physicists from 178 institutions in 38 countries around the world participate in ATLAS. When the LHC is in operation, up to 600 million protons collide every second inside the detector. ATLAS Virtual Visits gives the public a unique opportunity to be part of this great scientific adventure. Using web-based video conferencing tools, participants talk with an ATLAS physicist, receive a tour of the control room, and get answers to their questions. For the KINBER Virtual Visit we were joined live by Steve Goldfarb, Outreach & Education Coordinator, ATLAS Experiment, CERN who shared information about the ATLAS Live Virtual Visits program and how education and community organizations can get involved.

Announcing KINBER Digital Cloud: KINBER’s New Digital Repository Service for Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 10-11 a.m

KINBER is pleased to partner with NJVID to offer this interactive overview program where you will learn about the new KINBER Digital Cloud digital repository service. This new service is available to any KINBER member or PennREN connected institution in Pennsylvania that is interested in a scalable, affordable, secure digital repository service for storage and archival of all its digital needs.

Get to Know the New World Symphony: MUSAIC Digital Resource and Opportunities for Collaboration with K12 
Wednesday, October 7th| 3:00 -4:00 p.m. EDT

KINBER is pleased to partner with New World Symphony to offer this overview program where you will learn about MUSAIC, the New World Symphony’s collaborative digital initiative and rich online community of classical musicians and continuously updated video library curated by America’s Orchestral Academy. MUSAIC is free and available to any institution interested in taking advantage of these rich resources and digital archives. New World Symphony will also discuss their NWS Connect an online community for student musicians, featuring their Virtual Hangout Series and other opportunities for collaboration for schools (K12 and Higher Education).


KINBER Co-Hosted the 2015 NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure Program PI Workshop in Austin, Texas September 29-30
This workshop built upon the success of the 2014 CC-NIE Campus Cyberinfrastructure Workshop, providing an opportunity for NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure award recipients to meet in-person, exchange project findings, interact with national cyberinfrastructure experts and collaborate across project areas and project regions. For archived presentation materials and more information see http://www.thequilt.net/public-event/nsf-cyberinfrastructure-program-pi-workshop/


KINBER Presents A New Series: PA Voices in New Media
Agile Living: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Never Be “Done”
Tuesday September 22nd | 1-2 p.m. EDT 

The agile approach values iteration and learning over fixed outcomes and mental rigidity. Given the power of these ideas, what if we were to apply agile methodologies to our own lives? In this talk, content strategist and filmmaker David Dylan Thomas describes how he’s attempted to do just that and the impact it’s had on his life. He’ll also explore how technology has evolved to better leverage unpredictability and how that relates to agile being a better way to think about life and ourselves.

September Collaborative Video Working Group!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 10-11 a.m.

KINBER is pleased to announce the meeting of a new interactive Collaborative Video Working Group!
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

August Collaborative Video Working Group!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 10-11 a.m.

KINBER is pleased to announce the meeting of a new interactive Collaborative Video Working Group!
This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

A seminar for higher education network engineers, system engineers, researchers and developers!

Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 – 23, 2015
Penn State, 208 Business Building, University Park, PA

Organizers: Jason Zurawski (ESnet), Ken Miller (Penn State), Mike Carey (KINBER)

This free two-day event will focus on the deployment of perfSONAR platforms within the campus environment. perfSONAR is a network measurement and monitoring toolkit that helps to identify and isolate problems as they happen. Highlights include:

•    perfSONAR basics, use cases and best practices.
•    Science DMZ, Data Transfer Nodes and what it could mean for your campus.
•    End-to-end performance.
•    SDN overview, use cases, including for DDOS mitigation.
•    HPC & OpenStack cloud and storage examples.

 

July Collaborative Video Working Group Meeting

KINBER is pleased to announce the meeting of a new interactive Collaborative Video Working Group!

This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

You will receive separate instructions on how to join.

Register by July 20, 2015, and guarantee your spot!

KINBER is pleased to announce the meeting of a new interactive Collaborative Video Working Group!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 10-11 a.m. EST

This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.


Brought to you by KINBER and Polycom Grants Assistance Program (PGAP)

Tuesday, June 2, from 10 – 11 a.m. EST

Last week KINBER shared news of an outstanding opportunity offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, a Rural Development agency, is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, which provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas by financing telecommunications equipment, computer networks and advanced technologies for use by students, teachers, medical professionals and rural residents.

  • For fiscal year 2015, $19 million is available.
  • Awards range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000 for fiscal year 2015.
  • Deadline is July 6, 2015.

Join this webinar to learn how Polycom’s team of grant and industry experts can help education and healthcare institutions understand how to successfully prepare and apply for grant funding.

Interested in collaborative video tools and technologies?

Join us as for KINBER’s Collaborative Video Working Group.

Thursday, May 28, 2015   10 – 11 a.m. EDT

This group brings together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

We will be using the BlueJeans Meet Me collaboration tool for this meeting as part of KINBER’s evaluation and trial of the service.

 

Interested in collaborative video tools and technologies?

Join us as we launch KINBER’s Collaborative Video Working Group.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015   10 – 11 a.m. EDT

KINBER is pleased to announce the launch of a new interactive Collaborative Video Working Group!

This group is being formed to bring together interested members of the community to:

•    Help evaluate interactive/collaborative video tools and technologies.
•    Identify and participate in new interactive video pilots.
•    Share best practices and opportunities.
•    Help guide and provide input on KINBER’s longer term strategy on video service offerings and strategic partnerships for the KINBER community.

The group will meet monthly via either webinar or interactive video and will hold a face-to-face meeting at the KINBER Annual Conference in Harrisburg for those who can attend.

The launch of the working group on April 7 will be held via webinar format.

Presented by Energy Sciences Network (ESNet)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015   9 – 10 a.m. EST

FREE webinar for higher education information technology professionals, particularly those serving smaller campuses!

A common thread that binds both large and small institutions is a need to facilitate network use by the research community.  There are many challenges in doing this well; some that are related to the overall design of a network, and others related to the tools and approaches employed by users.  Without adequate access to high speed networks, research projects are doomed to fail.

This talk will introduce ESnet’s Science DMZ Architecture, a network design pattern designed to streamline the process of science and improve the outcomes for researchers.  Included in this design are network monitoring concepts via the perfSONAR framework, as well as functional components used to manage security and manage the transfer of data.  This design pattern has roots in high speed networks at major computing facilities, but is flexible enough to be deployed and used by institutions of any size.

This solution has been successfully deployed on numerous campuses involved in the NSF CC-IIE and CC-NIE programs, and is a focus area for the upcoming CC-DNI program.

View the slides.

View the recorded webinar. 

Presented by KINBER and the Polycom Grants Assistance Program

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015   9 – 10 a.m. EST

Join KINBER and representatives from the Polycom Grants Assistance Program (PGAP) for this FREE Grant Webinar!

Is your organization missing out on significant funding for communications technology? Polycom tracks funding from 26 U.S. federal grant-making agencies, as well as numerous state and foundation funding sources. Did you know that through the Polycom PGAP program, Polycom provides assistance in every aspect of proposal preparation, funding selection, and submission of grant applications. Polycom’s team of grant and industry experts are here to help!

This webinar is designed to help education and healthcare institutions understand how to successfully prepare and apply for grant funding. The webinar topics include:

Polycom Grants Program Overview
Trends for Funding
Grants Forecast for 2015
Technology Options to Enhance Your Grant Applications

Featured speakers for this webinar will include:

Cheryl Henshaw – National Grant Program Director, Polycom
Veronica Garcia – Regional Grant Manger, Polycom
Richard Grace – Focal Point

Presented by TierPoint (formerly Xand)

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015   9 – 10 a.m. EST

FREE webinar outlines on-net disaster recovery solution!

In a recent survey, KINBER membership indicated that they seek on-net Cloud-based services, which are now commercially available at discounted rates for KINBER members through TierPoint, a leading national provider of cloud, colocation and managed services designed to help organizations improve business performance and manage risk.

In this webinar, TierPoint describes how it can provide KINBER members a second site for a disaster recovery location and how using PennREN can facilitate the connectivity between parties.

Join us to:

•    Learn about the benefits of TierPoint’s disaster recovery solution and how it works.
•    Hear real world examples.
•    Have your questions answered.
•    Hear details on how to sign up.
•    Discuss and explore possibilities.

FREE Webinar for K20 Educators/Faculty, Librarians, Educational Technology Support Staff, Retirement Community Activities Coordinators!

Originally scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015  3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for new date.

KINBER is pleased to partner with Drexel University, who is providing H.323 bridging for this program.

Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art to learn more about exciting developments with their virtual programming, including new Pennsylvania-centered offerings and alignment with both PA state standards and CCSS. A museum educator will present ways that popular distance learning programs such as Days of Knights, Mythology, and Math and Art are taught, while showing the interdisciplinary and fun nature of all lessons. Participants will also get a get a taste of new and seasonal offerings for this school year including Matters of the Art, a Valentine’s themed lesson; Art Stories for PreK-2nd grade audiences; and Pennsylvania Artists for 3rd – 12th grade.

PMA’s Program Overviews are interactive, informative and fun! The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s award-winning Distance Learning program strives to offer a highly interactive and engaging learning experience that is supportive of classroom learning and fun for students and teachers. They have consistently been a leader in the field, meeting national standards, using current technologies and developing outstanding new content regularly. See complete program info at http://www.philamuseum.org/education/32-128-195.html.

Presented by Merit Network

Originally scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015   9 – 10 a.m. EST. Stay tuned for new date.

FREE webinar outlines training opportunities for information technology professionals!

KINBER’s strategic partnership with Merit Network, Inc., an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based non-profit corporation that operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network, provides KINBER members discounted pricing on Merit’s Professional Learning and cyber security certification courses.

Learn about Merit’s learning opportunities for IT professionals, aimed at developing and enhancing critical skills, such as networking, Linux security, IPv6, and more.  Also hear about the Michigan Cyber Range and cyber security course offerings, including penetration testing, ethical hacking, information security, digital forensics and more.

Join us for a webinar that will provide:

•    Overview and benefits of the partnership between MERIT and KINBER
•    Available courses/training
•    Pricing
•    Details on how to sign up and eligibility
•    Cyber Range and any other “special” programs

Presented by KINBER and AT&T

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015   9 – 10 a.m. EST

KINBER is currently hosting a pilot program for its members to explore and test the AT&T Virtual Meeting Room (VMR) solution, and this webinar provides an in-depth look at the technology.

The AT&T Virtual Meeting Room (VMR) is a telepresence solution that allows users to experience the flexibility of conducting reservationless, multipoint video meetings on demand with the ease of a conference call. By simply dialing into the AT&T VMR using either a standard H.323 hardware or SIP endpoint or desktop/mobile client, anyone anywhere can participate in an ad-hoc reservationless meeting on demand.

Join us to:

  • Hear an overview of the AT&T telepresence and collaboration tool suite.
  • Learn the details about the AT&T VMR solution.
  • Have your questions answered by AT&T’s engineering staff.
  • Discuss and explore possibilities.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015   9 – 10 a.m. EST

Join us for a webinar presented by KINBER Executive Director Wendy Huntoon to:

  • Understand the seven different funding areas of the program and what the funding areas will support.
  • Learn about elements of the CC*DNI proposal.
  • Understand what KINBER resources are available to help you respond to the solicitation, including the KINBER Cyberinfrastructure Plan.
  • Have your questions answered.
  • Discuss and explore possibilities.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014   9 – 10 a.m. EST

Presented by KINBER

“How-to” Webinar provides insight into National Science Foundation (NSF) campus cyberinfrastructure proposal preparation.

KINBER brings you an in-depth look at the program that enables you to build your campus infrastructure or develop tools and support for robust research projects that require a network like PennREN.   Grant awards range from $300,000 – $1,000,000 over a two-year period. Join us for a webinar to:

  • Learn about elements of the campus cyberinfrastructure proposal
  • Understand what resources are available to help you respond to the solicitation, including within KINBER
  • Have your questions answered
  • Discuss and explore possibilities

Sponsored by KINBER, 3ROX, Juniper and Copper River

  • Wednesday, October 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • The Three Rivers Optical Exchange/Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Stiles Lecture Hall, Room 103

300 South Craig Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Program Highlights included:

SDN Use Cases and Applications

  • PSC CC*NIE – Kathy Benninger, Manager of Networking Research, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  • GENI Racks – Ken Goodwin, Director of Advanced Networking, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center/Three Rivers Optical Exchange
  • Community Examples – Wendy Huntoon, Executive Director, KINBER

High Level SDN – Mark Medovich, Chief Architect of Research and Education, Juniper Networks

  • High level discussion on SDN use case for Research Networks and Datacenter Integration/Interoperability

Industry Solutions – Copper River/Juniper

This webinar on Internet2’s Expanding Value for the Higher Education Community highlighted the Internet2 community and Internet2’s new suite of NET+ Services, including Canvas, CrashPlan, DocuSign and several more, with Q & A following the presentations by David Gift, Associate VP of Community Engagement and Khalil Yazdi, Internet2’s CIO in Residence and NET+ Services expert.