The Global Classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center which supports internet-based video conferencing and other collaboration tools for groups up to 100 persons. It can support up to four concurrent groups of varying sizes. The Global Classroom is designed to host asynchronous and synchronous online activities, both credit and non-credit, and activities that serve the greater ECU/Greenville/Pitt County community, as well as the State of North Carolina. It is equipped with more than one million dollars of smart classroom, audio, video, and teleconferencing equipment. Courses from a wide variety of disciplines use the Global Classroom in venues ranging from a single guest lecturer to an entire course.
The Global Classroom is divided into four quadrants, which allows up to four sessions to run concurrently. The three smaller quadrants normally hold 25-27 students and the largest, 48, though any of them can be customized to hold more students if necessary. All of the quadrants are equipped with desktop computers for the professors with student displays, recording abilities, and videoconferencing technologies. There are also 30 primary and 25 backup laptops available for the use of students during class if the professor deems them necessary. Supported technologies include, but are not limited to, H.323 video teleconferencing, Skype, Centra, and Secondlife. If any other support is required, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
One use of the Global Classroom is distance education taping, live web cast, and archived sessions. Professors can utilize these resources to teach distance education or hybrid courses. The quadrants can accommodate varying numbers of face to face students who can interact with a professor in person while that professor’s video, voice, and computer screen are shared with an unlimited number of online students. These recordings can be streamed live or archived for later use. The permissions to view them can be restricted to a specific class or group list or made available to all ECU students. For more information on distance education at ECU, please see Continuing Studies.
In addition to distance education, the Global Classroom supports video teleconferencing which allows students and faculty on the ECU campus to meet “face to face” with other students and faculty around the state, nation, and world. We have partnered with several departments, including, but not limited to, Geography, Sociology, International Studies, Theater, and Psychology to meet their videoconferencing needs. These partnerships have included 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 wherein students from several countries met together to discuss strategies for the mitigation of global climate change.
One major aspect of the videoconferencing done in the Global Classroom is our partnership with the Global Understanding Program , located under the auspices of Global Academic Initiatives and Emerging Academic Initiatives . The Global Understanding courses are taught within a variety of disciplines and aim at providing a more global point of view for the students both here at ECU and at our 53 partner Universities around the world in 27 Countries. Our students are allowed the opportunity to learn about other cultures and ways of life without the expense of studying abroad, all of which won the Global Understanding Program an Honorable Mention for the 2008 Andrew Heiskell Award for the Best Practices in International Education.
For more information regarding the Global Classroom or to find out how to schedule* the space, please contact David Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.