Synchronous Learning Spaces use video conference technology to connect students, instructors, and guest presenters from different locations. Our synchronous rooms in Tillett Hall 224, Chemistry & Chemical Biology 1303 and Rutgers Academic Building 1170 can be used to teach a class of students from a second location, enable students to participate remotely, or invite guest lecturers from around the world to speak with a class. DCS's video conference equipment is designed to limit the feeling of distance between participants. Screens at the front of the room enable classes to view the presenter and their shared class materials side-by-side, using sightlines that have in-class and remote participants look at each other. Classroom cameras are capable of identifying speaking audience members and zooming in on them as they participate to better allow for fluid back and forth. Finally, Synchronous Classrooms are capable of connecting with remote participants regardless of whether they are connecting from another video conference room, a computer, or even a cell phone.
The Immersive Synchronous Lecture Halls are designed to connect with one another. Loree Hall 024 on Cook/Douglass and Wright Lab Auditorium on Busch campus have been constructed to mirror one another and are used by instructors to teach students in both room simultaneously from either location. The experience is fully immersive. Students in the room the instructor is not in view a life-size projection of the professor at the front of the room. The instructor and students can view classmates in the other space on large screens which are designed to mimic the experience of being in the same room. For more information, visit the Immersive Synchronous Lecture Hall page.
As in all new DCS rooms, the technology is controlled using the Rutgers Room Controller so that instructors will only need to press a few more buttons than they normally would to utilize the video conference equipment