Global Classroom

What is the Global Classroom?

Designed to host credit and noncredit classes plus other activities while serving the greater ECU/Greenville/Pitt County community and surrounding areas, the Global Classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching/learning center supporting hardware-based videoconferencing and software-based web conferencing for asynchronous and synchronous collaboration in three classrooms and one conference room.

How is the global classroom set up?

One classroom seats twenty-four participants while the other two classrooms seat eighteen. The conference room table seats ten people with room for nine participants around the room's periphery. All classrooms are equipped with desktop computers for instructors/facilitators with participant displays, recording and videoconferencing technologies. Supported technologies include Mediasite lecture capture, H.323/SIP video teleconferencing, Skype for Business and Saba Meeting. If other support is required, please contact us.

    How is the global classroom being used?

    Distance Education. Global Classroom instructors have designed both hybrid and fully online courses. 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.

    One-time Events. 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 sixty partner universities in thirty 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.


      • Must be affiliated with East Carolina University
      • Must attend a training session with the Global Classroom video producer
      • Limited access to the Global Classroom is given to lecturers and professors who teach an officially-scheduled course offered during the current semester. NOTE: Summer session classes are on a different schedule
      • Ad-hoc sessions do not have access to the Global Classroom. These sessions are scheduled by the video producer 48 hours in advance.
      • Availability depends on the room and the technical support schedule.

        Schedule this Space

        Scheduled Videoconferences

        Contact Robert Spencer, Video Producer

        Web Conferences

        Complete request (above)

        Mediasite recorded events, Skype for Business, SabaMeeting, WebEx, Jabber

          Need Help?

          Technical Difficulties?

          For after-hours assistance, email Include the course name, a contact number and a description of the problem.

          Hours of Operation

          8:00a - 5:00p, Monday through Friday and during live broadcasts of night classes