Global Digital Classrooms

Global Digital Classrooms in the Munday Library

The global digital classroom (GDC) offers an educational experience without the barriers of distance. It is a technology ecosystem that comprises advanced video conferencing and complementary synchronous and asynchronous communication technologies. The GDC allows faculty and students in locations around the world to come together virtually for a wide range of learning opportunities.
 
As part of this ecosystem, GDCs in the Munday Library provide students, faculty and staff real-time, HDquality video conferencing capabilities, giving them the feeling that remote participants are in the same
room. They can be used in regular class meetings, less formal meetings, or project groups and standalone events, like guest lectures, and enable asynchronous collaboration for classroom learning. The global digital classrooms allow faculty, students, and others in locations around the world to come together virtually for a wide range of learning opportunities through the power of advanced video conferencing.  
 

Interested in Scheduling a Class or Event in a Global Digital Classroom?

Follow this link for Instructions for scheduling a class or event

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.

 

Capabilities

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.

Suggested Uses

  • 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.