DETS using Scopia
DETS has begun using Radvision’s Scopia Desktop Conferencing System for synchronous online course collaboration this semester. This new platform allows professors and students to effectively collaborate live via the Internet. Although the majority of on-line courses are designed to be used asynchronously, the addition of a synchronous discussion section adds a “real time” on-campus element to the course.
The Scopia Desktop Conferencing System provides many state of the art features. The features used most include:
• Flexible layout which allows all participants to all be seen simultaneously
• Real time chat so discussion points can be commented on even if you are not the current speaker
• Speed matching so that participants with a variety of Internet connection speeds can still all participate.
The first department to use Scopia is the The Project Management Center for Excellence. Its world renowned asynchronous online program, began in 2006 and now serves over 133 local, national, and international students each semester.
One major component that differentiates this online program from others is the use of a synchronous discussion section for each class. With the addition of the new Scopia platform, professors and students can more easily participate and collaborate regardless of location or time zone. According to Mr. John Cable, Director, of the Project Management Center for Excellence, some students have commented that they have more interaction with him this way than if they were in his on-campus section. Scopia has improved the interaction of students with faculty as well as providing a virtual meeting space for the student groups to use in completion of their projects.
March 8, 2011