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