Synchronous Learning Spaces use video conference technology to connect students, instructors, and guest presenters from different locations. DCS deploys three types of Synchronous Learning Spaces. The Immersive Synchronous Lecture Halls are designed to create a seamless 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.
Our Synchronous Spaces 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. The equipment in these rooms 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. Ceiling mics capture the voices of the instructor and participating audience-members. 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.
DCS also has several Video Conference-Capable Spaces. These rooms have permanent cameras and wearable microphones that can be used to capture the instructor and connect with remote locations using WebEx. This equipment also enables faculty to use lecture capture software to record themselves during class. Our current Video Conference-Capable Spaces are Biomedical Health Sciences 102, Fiber Optics Research Building EHA, Institute of Food Nutrition & Health 101 & 205, Food Sciences 101, 109, AUD, Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering 102 and 105, and Tillett Hall 254.
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