Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom Solution

Bringing a World of Resources to Students, Faculty and Staff

Communication, collaboration, and learning are the fundamental building blocks of higher education. Students expect to use the latest technologies, and many prefer dynamic online content to static printed materials. Distance learning and e-learning enable institutions to deliver more engaging content to both on-campus and remote students, creating a new and potentially significant revenue stream.

Enhancing education through video and rich media elements can:

  • Provide anywhere, anytime learning experiences not traditionally available to all students
  • Offer a better way to present abstract ideas, making them easier to understand
  • Eliminate the barriers of time, distance, and resources
  • Permit faculty, staff, and students worldwide to function as if they were in the same room

Cisco's Virtual Classroom solution is an integrated learning and administrative environment that enables academic excellence and administrative efficiencies. The Virtual Classroom strategy focuses on the implementation of a network platform that can enable highly interactive and collaborative learning and teaching learning experiences while delivering any content, anytime, anywhere to any device. As a result, Cisco's goal is to provide a scalable a solution that will provide education institutions the necessary technology to solve business problems and address important issues, such as increasing student participation and graduation rates, in a cost effective and successful manner.

The Virtual Classroom solution is comprised of:

  1. Unified Communications
  2. TelePresence
  3. Video over IP Technologies
  4. Wide Area Application Services

The Virtual Classroom solution is designed to allow educational institutions to expand the reach of their offerings, both in a geographic and time-based manner. By utilizing web, video, and audio collaboration and scalable content delivery technologies, educational institutions can now reach students that are unable to physically attend class. Additionally, instructors and professors can record and edit pre-existing content into the recorded sessions and then post those content objects for the students to download to various devices, such as a mobile device. As a result, the schools can now scale their assets beyond their physical presence, such as subject matter expert or sign language teacher, to other classrooms and locations. Lastly, the ability to record the classroom events allows the student to also refer back to earlier classes for review, or playback a class they missed.