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  • USC: Among the options being discussed: Adding a required course in which students make digital videos; or asking all undergraduates to complete a capstone multimedia project. Already have a film center for students to get help. Geology class making short documentaries.Purdue: iphone app for student video projects. Now used for “Great Issues in Science and Society,” forensics, American Sign Language. DE course on public speaking.Villanova: Miss Hannah Minx, playful videos on japanese culture, >50M viewsU of Cincy: core competency, visual literacy. Assn of Uni Libraries: drafted visual literacy stdsUCSD: media literacy course, assigned videos
  • Videoconferencing creating the_virtual

    1. 1. Videoconferencing: Creating the VirtualClassroom WCET Annual Meeting San Antonio, TX November 1, 2012 Alan D. Greenberg Wainhouse Research Robert Wagner Utah State University Andy Black University of Utah College of Nursing
    2. 2. Collaborative Technology© 2012 Wainhouse Research, Inc. All rights reserved. 2 WR Distance Education and e-Learning Metrics Survey 2011
    3. 3. What do these (and other colleges / universities) have in common? ?© 2012 Wainhouse Research, Inc. All rights reserved. 3
    4. 4. “The combination of onlinetechnology and the campusexperience has the potentialto take innovative traditionaluniversities to new levels,allowing them not only torespond to disruptivecompetition but also to servemany more students withtheir existing resources.”-The Innovative University: Changing the DNA ofHigher Education from the Inside Out, Eyring &Christensen, 2011. Italics and bold added.
    5. 5. Utah State University - Statewide• 350 Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) courses Fall 2012 semester• Over 29 USU-owned sites• Average 474 IVC events per week• Faculty development/Administrative Communication
    6. 6. The Pro’s and Con’s of IVC Classroom Delivery Pro’s: • High quality audio and video • Easier transition for traditional faculty instruction • Use of existing classroom resources (retrofit) • Broader application across an institution • Provides a “classroom experience” for students • Provides a “classroom experience” for instructorsCon’s: • Controlled technology and instructional• Costs (technology and delivery) environment• Requires a systemized high speed network • Effective for multi-campus university across endpoints systems• Lack of mobility for students and • Local institutional identity and instructors community building• Promotes the “stand and deliver” • Use of a variety of instructional tools approach to instruction• Restricted endpoint delivery (i.e. locations)
    7. 7. IVC Classroom Design• Codec• Room controller• Overhead microphones• Student/Instructor Cameras• Projector and/or Monitor (e.g. 90”)• Lighting, wall color, sound-proofing• Instructor tools: document camera, monitor(s), computer, smart board• Facilitator station• Lecture capture
    8. 8. Focusing on the “interactive” of Interactive Video Conferencing• Un-tether the instructor• Interactive learning models• Creating the classroom experience from a distance• Flipping meets IVC• Technology rich…technology development• Instructor-student evaluations
    9. 9. University of Utah College of Nursing• In a nutshell… o We offer BS, MS, DNP and PhD education in nursing o All of our courses are enhanced through online learning o Many of our courses are also offered in mixed or fully distance formats o Our PhD nursing program is offered only through synchronous videoconferencing• Nursing education at a distance o Our PhD program is designed to educate nurses by allowing them to remain in their remote locations within the intermountain west, and internationally o PhD education is more about learning with others about theoretical concepts, and therefore engaging discussion is key o Therefore, asynchronous online education was not adequate to meet our program goals and objectives
    10. 10. Early PhD Nursing Program• Early PhD Nursing program through synchronous videoconferencing o Moved entirely to videoconferencing distance classes in 2004 o Originally delivered using IVC equipment (Polycom) to students in their homes on their PC’s using Polycom PVX software o Connections made over the Utah Telehealth Network bridging service o A technician was employed to watch the courses live and troubleshoot/make adjustments on the fly as requested
    11. 11. PhD and DNP Nursing Programs Today• PhD Nursing program today o Continuing the use of full synchronous videoconferencing services through the Utah Telehealth Network (UTN) bridge o Using Cisco Jabber software allowing both Mac and PC platforms, and all OS versions o UTN provides connection support and monitoring services, as well as initial testing and setup with students in their homes/remote locations o Individual desktop troubleshooting performed by CON IT technicians• Webconferencing also used o Currently using Wimba (now owned by Blackboard, and migrating to Collaborate) o Multimedia content delivered through Wimba as well as live chat simultaneously with the videoconferencing session o Both video and webconferencing sessions are recorded for student playback
    12. 12. Tried and Learned• Examples of other applications and systems tried and tested for videoconferencing o Skype Group o Adobe Connect o Vidyo o SeeVogh o Conference Me o WebEx o Polycom CMA• We have not yet found a single solution that provides many live video feeds as well as webconferencing features in the same application, using reasonable Internet bandwidth, and quality video resolution at a reasonable price
    13. 13. What we Need• Still seeking a single low-cost program solution which will provide: o Multiple synchronous video feeds (up to 20 or more) o High quality audio and video transmission o Low latency o Session recording of all functions (audio, video, desktop and application sharing, and multimedia) o Webconferencing features: • Whiteboard • PPT sharing • Desktop/application sharing • Recording
    14. 14. Need Flexibility• Faculty able to teach from their offices or on the road through the Jabber software, rather than be tied to the Polycom hardware o Just need a laptop with a camera and a microphone o A separate higher quality webcam rather than the built-in is often better o A headset with microphone is also better at reducing/eliminating echo cancellation issues • This is less convenient/comfortable, but the quality is better• Can still teach from the main classroom using the Polycom equipment if desired o More controlled environment
    15. 15. Bridging Service• Most applications such as Skype and Adobe Connect rely on Internet bandwidth to manage the video connections o This is why they limit the number of live video feeds o After about 6 live video feeds, the quality dramatically decreases, and latency increases• A bridging service throttles all feeds through the same management device, delivering quality to all connections o More expensive, but provides better quality• The University of Utah College of Nursing currently utilizes the Utah Telehealth Network bridging service
    16. 16. Q&ARobert Wagner, Andy Black Andy.Black@Nurs.Utah.Edu Alan D. Greenberg