Global Digital Classrooms
Global Digital Classrooms in the Munday Library
Space and Seating
- Room 143: The Brown Foundation, Inc., Global Digital Classroom. This room is arranged with classroom style seating consisting of 3 rows of tables with 8 seats each for a total of 24 seats.
- Room 141: Global Digital Classroom. This room is arranged with movable furniture that combines to form 4 tables with 6 seats each for a total of 24 seats.
Equipment in Each Room
- Five (5) large TV screens, with three in the front and two in the back;
- One (1) large white board in the front;
- Two (2) video cameras, one each in the front and back of the room;
- Four (4) ceiling-mounted microphones to record audio anywhere in the room, one lapel microphone, and one microphone at the instructor’s station.
- Instructor’s lectern with touch-panel room control, smart podium interactive monitor and pen for computer display and annotation of presentation materials, doc camera for displaying non-digital materials, and cables for laptop display and audio.
High Definition Videoconferencing
Each room can be used for high definition videoconferencing. In addition to being able to connect with other locations with such equipment, e.g., the Professional Education Center (PEC), Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) in Angers, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan, Premont 116, or other institutions or organizations with high definition video conferencing equipment, we can also connect to remote participants via a web client. (In order to use the Jabber web client, an account needs to be set up for the remote participant in advance. Once the account is enabled they can connect using any computer or even an iPad.) Videoconferencing can be point-to-point (2-way) or multipoint (with up to 18 total different connections) using our videoconferencing bridge.
Audio-Video Recording and Archiving
We can record videoconferences, as well as any events taking place in the rooms using the built-in cameras and microphones. All videos are archived using our Show and Share server (which offers a YouTube-like video portal just for St. Edward's) and can be kept private to a class or shared publicly on the open web. This recording and video archiving capability will be also available to a limited extent across campus using the Jabber web client to directly record videos from any laptop or computer; videos generated some other way, e.g., recorded with a video camera, may also be uploaded to the Show and Share server. Interested faculty should contact Rebecca Davis.
- Linked intercampus courses that meet jointly for some or all of their meetings;
- Interactive discussions between a local and a remote class;
- Guest lectures and Q & A with a remote expert or traveling faculty member;
- Pre-departure discussions with study abroad sites;
- Meetings including remote participants;
- Presentations from students studying abroad or in off-site internships;
- Sharing local expertise with remote participants.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What does a class over high definition videoconferencing look like?
This video showcases a theater voice class being taught jointly between Rollins and Hendrix Colleges.
Am I on my own in the room?
No, a Media Services staff member will be present to support each use of the global digital classrooms: to set up and test the remote connection in advance, to help with directing the cameras, to manage what is shown on each display, and to troubleshoot any problems.
Can I share visuals over videoconferencing?
Yes, you can share presentations on the computer or share non-digital visual materials using the document camera.
When should I use high definition videoconferencing?
High definition videoconferencing is appropriate when high quality live interaction is important.
Is pedagogy over high definition videoconferencing different from the face-to-face classroom?
Yes, even though high definition video conferencing approximates face-to-face interaction, instructors still need to plan to facilitate and moderate interaction, just as they would for any two groups of people who were meeting face-to-face for the first time. Students may also feel hesitant to speak if they are being recorded. Instructional designers in the FRC would be happy to consult with you about best practices. Instructional Technology will also be scheduling demonstrations of the technology with guest faculty from other institutions who have been teaching over high definition video conferencing.
Contacts and Other Questions?
- Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-637-1949, Premont 122.
- Austin Doak, Interim Manager of Media Services, email@example.com, 512-428-1244, Munday Library New Media Center (2nd floor).
Interested in scheduling your class in one of the Global Digital Classrooms?
Please fill out the Request for Course Use of Global Digital Classroom form if you would like to schedule your class in one of these rooms. Please fill out the form separately for each class.
In case of conflicts, decisions on who gets to use the rooms will be decided by the Deans Council and Academic Affairs. Even if you are not scheduled to meet regularly in a global digital classroom, it may still be possible to use the rooms as needed for external speakers, videoconferences, etc., so please share all ideas you have for use.
Ad hoc Use
If you would like to schedule a specific event or a single class session in the Global Digital Classrooms please use the 25Live Event Scheduler. All room requests must be made 7 days in advance of the event.