The lineage of of the Distance Education and Technology Services unit (DETS) traces back to Instructional Television (ITV) which began in 1978 as a self-support unit that utilized cutting edge technology at a large number of remote sites. There was significant interest in ITV and its technology and it provided support, of various flavors, to many units on- and off-campus. In 2003, ITV merged with the then Instructional Technologies Office to form Engineering Information Technology to take advantage of the increasing convergence of distance education and information technologies. The DETS unit was refocused on providing world class technology and services for our various distance education initatives. DETS serves non-traditional part-time and full time students in a variety of majors, predominantly engineering. Each year, we deliver over 5000 hours of instruction to our remote students. These students have the ability to view their courses from anywhere in the world via streaming video.
Housed in the new Arnold E. Seigel Learning Center, DETS facilities include video fiber circuit access and 6 technology enhanced studio classrooms ranging in size from 17-122 students. Each room is fully equipped with the latest technology which provides a full HD, widescreen experience to our customers. Professors have spacious work stations which allow them to control many features in the room including computers, HD monitors, computer annotation equipment, audio, and lighting. Sliding white boards expand to give up to 12 feet of writing area. Students enjoy fully adjustable seating which have the ability to turn for small group discussions. Each two seats also have power outlets to support the variety of portable devices used by students today.
In addition to our academic mission, DETS provides many other engineering services to the campus community including teleconferencing support, course recording, event capturing, and video fiber circuit access.
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