Information Computing and Technology Services

The Global Classroom

This state-of-the-art teaching/learning center supports Internet-based video conferencing for asynchronous and synchronous collaboration for three concurrent groups and up to 60 participants. The global classroom is designed to host credit and noncredit classes along with other activities serving the greater ECU/Greenville/Pitt County community and surrounding areas.

How is the global classroom set up?

Four separate quadrants allow three concurrent sessions. The three smaller quadrants hold 28 participants while the largest holds 60. All four spaces can be customized to hold more participants. All are equipped with desktop computers for the instructors/facilitators with participant displays, recording and videoconferencing technologies. There are also 51 laptops available for use.

Supported technologies include Mediasite lecture capture, H.323/SIP video teleconferencing, Lync, Saba Meeting, and Second Life. If other support is required, please contact us.

How is the global classroom being used?

Distance Education. Instructors can design a fully online course or one that is hybrid, both face-to-face and online. Student interaction includes face-to-face within the classroom while sharing with an unlimited number of distance students. Web casts can be recorded and streamed live or archived for later viewing by a specified student group or all ECU students. For more information on distance education at ECU, please see Continuing Studies.

Video teleconferencing. Students and faculty on the ECU campus can meet online with other students and faculty around the state, nation, and world. Several departments, including geography, sociology, international studies, theater and psychology, have organized events such as one-time class connections, thesis and dissertation defenses, faculty interviews and semester-long courses, one of which was a course on global climate change sponsored by the State Department. Students from several countries met together to discuss strategies for the mitigation of global climate change.

Global Understanding Program. Sponsored through Global Academic Initiatives and Emerging Academic Initiatives, the Global Understanding Program courses are taught within a variety of disciplines and aim to provide a more global point of view for the students both here at ECU and at our 60 partner universities in 30 countries. Students learn about other cultures without the expense of studying abroad, all of which won this program an honorable mention for the 2008 Andrew Heiskell Award for the Best Practices in International Education.

Interested in learning more or scheduling the space?

Contact David Clark at clarkda@ecu.edu.

Contact Us

ITCS Admin - 252.328.9000
IT Help Desk - 252.328.9866
IT Help Desk - 800.340.7081
Classroom Tech - 252.328.9830
ITCS Leadership - 252.328.9000

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