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.

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.

Guides to using the Global Digital Classrooms.  

The Faculty Guide is a complete guide to using the Global Digital Classrooms.  We will be adding some one page handouts around specific topics in the near future.

What to Expect in the Global Classrooms is one page overview with basic instructions for inviting students and guest to use the Jabber client from off campus to connect to a GDC session.