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Learn how Embry Riddle provides an Interactive, Real-Time Virtual Learning Environment

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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. 1. ® Founded just 22 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a unique educational institution — widely regarded as the foremost aviation and aerospace university in the world. The school teaches the science, practice, and business of aviation and aeronautics to more than 7,000 undergraduates and graduate students attending its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle also provides educational opportunities for more than 24,500 working civilian and military professionals through over 150 campuses across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East — as well as through both self-paced and fully interactive, real-time online distance learning. One of Embry-Riddle’s biggest challenges has been to make effective use of 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. Case Study Industry: Higher Education Use Case: Virtual Learning, Video and Web Conferencing Everywhere I go throughout the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus, there’s an enormous amount of excitement about this technology. The potential for Saba to help with our mission is tremendous. Becky Vasquez Chief Technology Officer Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Challenge Provide an interactive, real-time virtual learning environment that effectively serves students worldwide and makes better use of geographically dispersed faculty — while reducing travel overhead. Benefits • Enables top faculty members to instruct students around the globe in campus classrooms or at home • Reduces travel expenses and increases the convenience for instructors • Helps Embry-Riddle grow enrollment and course registrations to produce additional revenue • Minimizes course cancellations due to low enrollment at specific campuses that otherwise couldn’t justify the cost of an instructor for those courses • Serves as an effective and efficient productivity tool by supporting staff training, Webinars, “town hall” meetings, and virtual office hours Saba-based EagleVision helps Embry-Riddle’s lofty educational goals take flight
  2. 2. Case Study Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2 EagleVision Takes Off From its introduction, Saba-based EagleVision has been enthusiastically greeted by instructors and students alike. In its early years, EagleVision Classroom grew at annual rates that were consistently above 150%. The EagleVision Home offering soared at an even higher growth rate that exceeded 300% at its apex. Today, there are more than 4,500 students that regularly rely on the Saba-based learning environment. Registrations for courses using EagleVision have increased from 2,300 in 2008 to more than 12,000 in the 2012-2013 school year. This has enabled Embry-Riddle to extend the university’s reach far beyond the limitations of its brick-and-mortar and traditional asynchronous distance learning options. Equally important, as a tuition-driven institution, Embry-Riddle counts on the increased enrollment and course registrations to generate higher revenues that can be used to support the school’s educational mission. In addition, by being able to leverage top- quality faculty to teach more of its courses — without travel expenses — Embry-Riddle can greatly enhance student satisfaction and loyalty. This will further propel enrollment over time. The school has also created a number of hybrid options — distance learning that blends asynchronous online learning with synchronous virtual classroom offerings. Some weeks, students might 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. “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 also want to enroll,” explained Becky Vasquez, Chief Technology Officer for Embry-Riddle. “Without adequate numbers to pay for instructors in each location, we might have had to cancel the outlying course offerings. Saba-based EagleVision 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.” Interactive, Real-Time Virtual Learning Environment Since 2007, Embry-Riddle has used Saba to create a real-time, virtual learning environment that can both enrich the classroom experience and support highly interactive virtual learning at home. • EagleVision Classroom—Students connect from classrooms worldwide via the Web, with instructors typically also in a classroom setting with students physically in attendance. Each classroom has a high-bandwidth Internet connection to support two-way, face-to-face video and quality Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) audio. Recently, a few instructors have taught from their homes or offices — improving convenience and giving students even greater access to the most qualified instruction. • EagleVision Home—Students connect remotely using appropriately configured computers over high-bandwidth services, so they can fully interact with both professors and fellow students. In addition to real-time video and audio, the Saba platform further enhances collaboration through the use of an interactive whiteboard, text chat, or polls. Breakout rooms support small-group projects and side discussions, with instructors able to “drop in” at any time. Saba “emoticons” let students click on a raised hand to ask a question, touch a smiling face symbol to indicate laughter, or point at clapping hands for applause. Instructors are trained in how to prepare for EagleVision classes, and Saba helps them efficiently load their class content ahead of time. Many EagleVision courses are also recorded — without the video content —to provide students with an outstanding study and review tool. High-Definition Video Enhances the Experience In 2013, Embry-Riddle upgraded to the latest version of Saba, which includes high-definition video, a more intuitive interface, and easier ways to manage things such as text chat discussions and the loading of agendas and course materials. “The high-definition video is tremendous,” Vasquez remarked. “It really helps put a face on the instructor as well as the students — greatly personalizing the learning environment.” “I was impressed one night when I was asked a question and had to explain my answer,” said a student of Dr. Johnelle Korioth’s, a professor in the Department of Math, Physical Life Sciences. “Dr. Korioth said, ‘You got what as an answer? Try looking at it this way…’ I couldn’t believe that someone halfway across the country just taught me the chain rule in calculus.”
  3. 3. Case Study Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 3 Saba | 2400 Bridge Parkway | Redwood Shores | CA 94065-1166 USA | (+1) 877.SABA.101 or (+1) 650.779.2791 | www.saba.com cs_9/14 Saba delivers a cloud-based Intelligent Talent Management™ solution used by leading organizations worldwide to hire, develop, engage, and inspire their people. Intelligent Talent Management uses machine learning to offer proactive, personalized recommendations on candidates, connections, and content to help your employees and organization lead and succeed. © 2014 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. ® “During one of the first virtual town hall meetings that was broadcast to all of our campuses worldwide, I was flying to Daytona Beach for a meeting,” said Kenneth Witcher, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Aeronautics. “During the flight, I was able to join the town hall using the Saba app on my iPad via Delta’s Wi-Fi service. Because we use text chat for our meetings, I could participate just like any other attendee — it worked great.” “There’s so much industry expertise around the globe, and we’re just beginning to tap into it with EagleVision,” noted Vasquez. “Everywhere I go throughout the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus, there’s an enormous amount of excitement about the technology. The potential for Saba to help with our mission is tremendous.” “With EagleVision, we’ve brought the physical classroom and put it on the Internet,” explained Vasquez. “It’s online anywhere learning that supports real-time collaboration with an instructor and your peers in a virtual environment.” Valuable Productivity Tool Moving beyond the classroom, Embry-Riddle uses Saba extensively for administrative purposes. “One of our visions from the beginning was to not only teach with it, but also use it as a valuable productivity tool,” Vasquez stated. The platform supports a myriad of staff training, Webinars, and “town hall” meetings involving faculty and staff. For example, faculty members from one region have been able to meet using EagleVision without the lost productivity and expense involved in traveling to a central location. The deans of the various colleges at Embry-Riddle are located across the U.S., and they frequently meet via EagleVision. In addition, professors take advantage of the Saba platform’s flexibility to offer virtual office hours. We’ve brought the physical classroom and put it on the Internet. It’s online anywhere learning that supports real-time collaboration with an instructor and your peers in a virtual environment. Dr. Gabriel Molina León Chief Technology Officer Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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