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Embry-Riddle is widely regarded as the foremost aviation and aerospace university in the world. Learn how Embry Riddle uses Saba to provide an interactive, real-time virtual learning environment that reduces travel overhead for instructors and better leverages faculty across a network of geographically distributed campuses.

Business Challenge
Embry Riddle needed to provide an interactive, real-time virtual learning environment that reduces travel overhead for instructors and better leverages faculty across a network of geographically distributed campuses.

Business Benefits
-Enable top faculty members to instruct students at campuses nationwide
-Minimize course cancellations due to low enrollment at worldwide campuses
-Help Embry-Riddle meet increased enrollment objectives
-Reduce travel expense for faculty members

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  • 1. Case Study Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Saba Classroom–Based EagleVision Helps Embry-Riddle Worldwide Meet Lofty Educational Objectives Industry Higher Education Challenge Provide an interactive, real-time virtual learning environment that reduces travel overhead for instructors and better leverages faculty across a network of geographically distributed campuses Benefits ƒƒ Enables top faculty members to instruct students at campuses nationwide Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a unique educational institution. Founded exactly 22 years after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight on December 17, 1903, Embry-Riddle is widely regarded as the foremost aviation and aerospace university in the world. Embry-Riddle teaches the science, practice, and business of aviation and aeronautics to nearly 13,000 undergraduates and graduate students attending its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. The school also provides educational opportunities for more than 27,000 working civilian and military professionals throughout more than 130 worldwide campuses across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, and through online, self-paced EagleVision’s virtual classroom distance learning. “ environment lets far more students ƒƒ Minimizes course cancellations due to low enrollment at worldwide campuses connect face-to-face with our ƒƒ Helps Embry-Riddle meet increased enrollment objectives tops in their field. That simply wasn’t ƒƒ Reduces travel expense for faculty members Solution ƒƒ Saba Real-time Collaboration Suite includes Saba Meeting and Saba Classroom outstanding faculty, many of whom are ” possible before. Becky Vasquez Director of Student and Technology Services Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University One of Embry-Riddle’s biggest challenges had been to support its extensive network of small outlying “campuses,” where many times not enough students would register for a particular course to justify the cost of an instructor to teach it. “For example, we might have a top aviation business manager teaching a course in one of our San Diego classrooms, and a handful of students in Seattle and Las Vegas who want to enroll in the same course,” explained Becky Vasquez, director of student and technology services for Embry-Riddle. “Without adequate numbers to support the cost of instructors in each location, we might have to cancel the outlying course offerings — disappointing those students and reducing our revenue. EagleVision, which runs on Saba Real-time Collaboration technology, lets us connect our classrooms and offer live courses to students hundreds or thousands of miles away — taught by the best faculty in their field.”
  • 2. Case Study n Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Highly Interactive Virtual Classroom Environment Although a few students connect from home, most students taking courses over EagleVision also attend one of EmbryRiddle’s worldwide campuses. The classroom setting enables the school to better manage the session, with Web video for two-way, face-to-face interaction and often Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for economical, high-quality audio. Riddle to increase enrollments. As a tuition-driven institution, this is obviously a key element in its strategic plan. Further, by being able to use top-quality faculty to teach a larger percentage of its classroom-based courses — without travel expenses — Embry-Riddle is also greatly enhancing student satisfaction and loyalty. A satisfied student body will enhance enrollment growth over time. Typically, the remote instructor is also in a classroom setting with students in attendance, in addition to those students participating over the Web. Faculty members are trained in how to prepare for EagleVision classes, and they use Saba Agenda Builder to efficiently load their class content ahead of time. Instructors also hold practice sessions to gain experience with tools such as the interactive whiteboard before going online the first time. “EagleVision’s virtual classroom environment lets far more students connect face-to-face with our outstanding faculty, many of whom are tops in their field,” noted Vasquez. “That simply wasn’t possible before.” In addition to the two-way video and audio connection, which helps keep students focused and involved, students and instructors both enjoy using the “emoticons” for raising a hand to ask a question, using a smiley face to indicate laughter, or using clapping hands for applause. Exams are generally given by staff at the local site or securely online with Blackboard, using randomized question sets and timed assessments. Many EagleVision courses are recorded — without the video content — and posted in Embry-Riddle’s Blackboard Learning Management System. Students can easily make up missed classes or prepare for exams by calling up recordings with just the touch of a button. “There’s a lot of value in EagleVision’s replay capabilities,” Vasquez commented. “Students can go back afterwards to easily review portions of a class. This is especially helpful if the class is working together on mathematical equations or trying to absorb complex concepts in a lecture.” Far-Reaching Benefits Saba’s Real-time Collaboration platform and virtual learning environment is providing far-reaching benefits to Embry-Riddle by enabling the university to extend beyond the limitations of its previous brick-and-mortar and traditional distance learning options. Saba Classroom is helping the university offer virtual classroom–based training to a wider range of prospective students than ever before, in the process enabling Embry- Although most EagleVision students come to a classroom at an Embry-Riddle campus, not all do. Recently, a student in EmbryRiddle’s Technical Management graduate program — which relies on the cohort method — had to move from Seattle, where the program was being taught. Instead of dropping out, the student was able to stay with her cohort through the use of EagleVision. Embry-Riddle is also beginning the planning necessary to create hybrid courses — distance learning offerings that are perhaps 50% asynchronous online learning, and 50% synchronous virtual classroom offerings. Some weeks, students could do self-paced work, getting assignments online, reading and writing, and sharing ideas through discussion boards. Other weeks, students could attend virtual classes over the Web. “The possibilities are truly endless,” Vasquez remarked. “The only limitation is our imagination.” Moving beyond the classroom, Embry-Riddle is using Saba Meeting for staff training, Webinars, and faculty meetings. Recently, faculty members from the Memphis regional area were able to meet virtually via EagleVision. The meeting was recorded using Saba Meeting’s recording capabilities so that other Embry-Riddle faculty all over the world could share the insight of these experts. “There’s so much industry expertise around the globe, and we’re just beginning to tap into it,” said Vasquez. Everywhere I go throughout the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus, there’s an enormous amount of excitement about the technology. The potential for Saba Meeting and Saba Classroom to help with our mission in every way is tremendous.” Saba enables organizations to build a transformative workplace where they can leverage their people networks to become more competitive through innovation, speed, agility, and trust. © 2012 Saba Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Saba, the Saba logo, and the marks relating to Saba products and services referenced herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Saba Software, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Saba | 2400 Bridge Parkway | Redwood Shores | CA 94065-1166 USA | (+1) 877.SABA.101 or (+1) 650.779.2791 | www.saba.com cs11/12