CaTS is in the process of converting several classrooms around campus to intergrate new distance learning equipment. This allows Faculty members to teach a class at either Dayton or Lake Campus and include students from off-site locations. Classrooms containing this equipment include:
- 009 Millett Hall
- 050 Rike Hall
- 125 Oelman Hall
- 154 Russ Engineering Center
- 1 portable unit
- 150 Dwyer Hall
- 186 Andrews Hall
- 2 portable units
Equipment Used In These Rooms
- Cisco SX80 Codec - the control device for room interactions
- Cisco SX10 Codec (portable version of the SX80)
- 3 cameras
- Multiple microphone pods placed in the ceiling
How It Works
When an instructor walks into the room, the first step is using an iPad-like device to choose which room they want to connect to. Once the instructor begins talking, the SX80 uses a camera to follow the instructor around the room using facial recognition. Two additional cameras can also work in tandem to zoom in on audience members as they are talking.
Using the SX10 Codec portable version, you can turn any room into a receive site for the full functioning setup described above. Interaction is still available (audio and video) using a single camera and microphone solution.
Possible Future Enhancements
A benefit of using this system is the ability to easily upgrade software, which will allow for future features to be easily introduced. For example, new software can allow the instructor to use the SX80 to “predefine” where the whiteboards are in their room by setting one of the cameras to show the whiteboard. If the instructor who is being tracked by a camera approaches the whiteboard and starts to write on it, the cameras can immediately zoom in on the whiteboard. When the instructor moves away from the board, the cameras resume following them.
Scheduling and Training
If you plan on incorporating distance learning in your class, CaTS is happy to provide you with training on this new equipment. To schedule a training session, contact Debbie Whisler at (937) 775-4066.