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Rutgers Leveraging Conferencing for Remote Lectures

April 03, 2017

Rutgers University has become the latest educational institution to leverage video conferencing technology to host remote lectures, test reviews and information sessions. Professors can use this technology to connect with students on other campuses or in other countries, and everywhere in between.

Improvements in video conferencing technology have made the use of remote lecturing a much more viable endeavor. The connection is much more than a simple video of a teacher lecturing. Professors can see and interact with their students as if they were in the room with them, calling on students and engaging in back and forth dialogue. This allows professors to host dual location lectures, with a number of students in the lecture hall with them in a traditional lecture setting, and hundreds more joining through their video conferencing.

Rutgers professor of psychology Sara Campbell has been pleasantly surprised with the results of using video conferencing so far. She has found that there is not a noticeable difference in interacting with her students who are attending the lecture remotely. “It’s pretty cool,” she said while discussing having in-class interactions with students who are miles away. “Students fully expect that I am aware of them,” she added, noting that the distance has not limited the connection she feels with her students.

Rutgers currently has two high-tech classrooms with camera and microphone setups to facilitate lectures of this sort, and plans on adding more in the near future. Paul Hammond, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology and Instruction, said the university is in favor of this development as it allows students to have greater flexibility, and they will no longer have to miss out on classes because of location.

“We want the students to have the convenience to move between the campuses and take a class on a different campus if they would like to,” Hammond said. “But we would like that to be a convenience for them rather than more of a necessity.”

Video conferencing technology has grown to the point that remote lectures can be just as useful to students as attending them in person. More and more educational institutions have been and will continue to implement these technologies to make their offerings more convenient for their students.

Edited by Alicia Young