Global Classroom

What is the Global Classroom?

This state-of-the-art teaching/learning center supports Internet-based video conferencing for asynchronous and synchronous collaboration in three classrooms and one conference room. 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?

There are three classrooms. 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. There are also fifty 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 seeContinuing 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 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.

      Interested in using the space?

      Contact Robert Spencer at