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The Best of Both Worlds: Bringing Online and On-Campus Students Together with Streaming Video

Sebastien Auguste (NYU, USA)
John Vivolo (New York University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2015 - 9:10am
Blended Models & Course Design
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 14
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4
Virtual Session

Online learning students often feel disconnected. However, while using live streaming technology, the remote and on-campus student can be connected like never before.

Extended Abstract

If online learning is anything, it is a constant evolving format of learning. Many schools struggle to get the fully online format accepted by students and faculty. Often facing a slow transition, many institutions have introduced creative methods of blending online and on-campus learning experiences. These hybrid courses often base their differences on the time spent online and on-campus. This method allows for students and faculty to gradually get used to the online environment and all the benefits and pitfalls that often follow newly introduced courses. However, the need for peer-to-peer learning and live conversations with faculty seem to be the one great obstacle that both students and faculty hold fast on when considering a move to going fully online with a course. This ingrained traditional form of learning, which is in the live classroom, experience, can be simulated in a new an exciting way. Using live streaming video, the on-campus and online student can communicate, learn and collaborate like never before. This method is called Live Virtual Learning

Live Virtual Learning is a live stream of a course in optimum (1080p) quality. The student can interact with both students and the professor within the classroom. They are able to ask questions, give answers, interject into debates, and even present to the class. They do all of this within the comfort of their own home. If afterwards they are studying or they missed a section of the class, they can go and watch an archive of all of the previous classes that have happened so far.

This presentation is a look at a new way online students can get a traditional learning experience and collaborate with on-campus classes in a live environment

Understand that blended learning is not limited to just less time on campus and more time online.

Understand that high quality video streaming can be a new method of bridging that gap between on-campus and online student.

Understand that blended learning courses utilizing Live Virtual Learning formats can often institutions with a quick way to turn courses online without length or expensive development periods.

Understand that the technology is simple to use and has finally caught up to the vision of the true blending of on-campus and online students.

Engagement with Audience:

During the presentation, we will host a live virtual learning session with a colleague in New York City. This will allow us to show a live session in action so that the audience can see what the student experience is like. Audience members with laptops and other mobile devices will also be able to login to the live session.

Live Interactive polling at the beginning of the session.

Q&A with audience at the end of the session.

Handouts: Timeline of Live Virtual Learning at NYU, financial causes of equipment, a list of various vendors and equipment who support HD video streaming (we will not recommend any specific vendor, but only support the need for audience members to research various options, as we did).

Media: Standard audio/visual equipment. Ethernet hardline for a solid Internet signal allowing for a smooth stream of a live session.