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  • 1. Alexander Belyaev Southampton University & Rutherford Appleton LAB March 23, 2010 Video-conferencing in Teaching and Research Southampton University Video Conferencing at NexT PhD School
  • 2. NExT PhD School
    • Idea behind the NExT – to bring interaction between experimentalists and theorists to a new level of day-to-day interaction
    • to understand and delineate underlying theory from expected new signals from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data
    • The NExT Institute as a Part of SEPnet has successfully started High Energy Physics (HEP) PhD school in Ocober 2009
    • The idea behind the NExT PhD School
      • crucial ingredient of the NexT training program
      • provides an effective learning/interaction for theorists and experimentalists
      • maximizes efficiency of teaching of High Energy Physics courses using expertise of PhD lecturers at different sites complementing each other
      • delivering/interaction is based on Video Conferencing Network
  • 3. NExT PhD school at glance
      • Sites: University of Southampton, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University of Royal Holloway, University of Sussex
      • Coordinators: Dr Alexander Belyaev [Soton](school coordinator), Dr Bill Murray [RAL], Dr Stephen West [RHUL], Dr Stephan Huber [Sussex]
      • Students in 2009/2010 course: 9(Soton) + 2(Rhul) + 4(Sussex) = 15 PhD students participating in NExT PhD school from 3 sites
  • 4. NExT PhD School and Video Conferencing
    • NExT PhD school program
      • compulsory core and optional non-core courses
      • Example of core courses:
    • Quantum Field Theory, SUSY, Standard Model, Phenomenology, Group Theory
      • Web page
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      • Assessment
    • problem sheets are assessed by lecturers; in addition there is a practice for Soton to have a Christmas and Easter problems, solution of which are being reported as a short presentation in front of group members
  • 5. Technical configuration
    • Video Conferencing is a crucial component of the Teaching process at NExT PhD School
      • several cameras provide comprehensive video image of the lecturer, white board and local students
      • Several ceiling microphones and wireless microphone provide a good quality audio exchange between all participants, including students
      • e-beam module provides perfect digital image of the lecturer writing on the whiteboard which can be broadcasted onto separate screen and saved in various formats including PDF
  • 6. Video Conferencing – live-view Wireless keyboard to communicate with ICUBE wireless microphone One of the virtual desktops presenting the remote site One of the virtual desktops with physical white board Pens for e-beam module eraser for e-beam module cameras pointing to local students one of the microphones speaker virtual desktop with electronic white board from e-beam E-beam module physical white Board with the page fromQFT course
  • 7. Video Conferencing – live-view ICUBE saving electronic white board into PDF file two monitors and camera pointing to lecturer and white board
  • 8. Video Conferencing experience at NexT PhD School
    • Technical support is absolutely crucial – thanks to all experts:
    • Mike Hill & Simon Harris (Soton), Andrew Casey (RHUL), Fabrizio Salvatore (Sussex)
      • without their help our PhD School would be simply impossible
      • numerous software problems has been solved – which has considerably improved audio and video quality
      • quick support with any problem, including venue booking
  • 9. Video Conferencing experience at NexT PhD School
    • New teaching experience has been acquired
      • The way to talk to students at the remote sites and the looking into cameras, arranging images from remote site in optimal way
      • Using e-beam and electronic white board
      • It is much more important (as compared to usual lecture) to provide students with lecture notes
      • Thanks to Paul Riddy from LATEU who gave a short interactive session on improving teaching/delivery methods with videoconferencing
      • In the near future we plan to video-record all our course and store them
  • 10. Video Conferencing – technical more details
    • IOCOM video collaboration node is located in B46 room 4121
    • System computer – IOCOM Cube – a powerful PC (WinXP)
    • Connected equipment
      • 3 video cameras (2 front, one rear) which can be controlled locally and remotely
      • 1 additional 720p camera focused onto the whiteboard
      • 3 ceiling microphones and 1 wireless microphones
      • 3 ceiling mounted video projectors 4:3 format
      • 2 speakers (front)
      • Audio processing unit with telephone connectivity into conference sessions
    • Additional items
      • 2 confidence screens mounted by rear camera
      • AV control box (AMX) for IOCOM/Laptop switching
      • AV cable by Cube for laptop connection to Cube or data projector
    • Modes of Operation
      • Laptop connected to central data projector only
      • Video collaboration using AGSC Virtual Venues - Access Grid nodes
      • Video conferencing with Polycom/Tanberg (H323) nodes - you can only dial out
      • Video Collaboration with JVCS venues - JVCS have a AG bridging service
      • Bridged video conferencing options into AGSC virtual venue for H323 and Evo
  • 11. Video Conferencing – Connecting to AGSC Virtual Venues