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Thursday, June 23, 2011

OCM/OIT video conferencing classroom pilot partnership

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM), the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are pleased to announce a partnership project that will add video conferencing capability to the classroom technology system in Humphrey Center room 25.

This video conferencing pilot program will add enterprise-level video conferencing capability, based on established OIT video conferencing standards, to an existing general purpose classroom. When complete, the classroom projection system will allow full-function, high definition video conferencing features to support classes and other events. The new features will allow courses to connect to the Learning Network of Minnesota and other connection points. Technology and general classroom support will be provided by the OCM.

The pilot classroom will feature two high-definition cameras and monitors for remote site display, as well as installed microphones for full coverage of both the instructor and students. The added video conferencing technology will be fully integrated with the standard classroom projection system and will function with the same easy-to-use interface that instructors are accustomed to in other OCM classrooms. The pilot project equipment will be installed during the summer months and is expected to be available for use in fall semester, 2011.

For further information on this classroom technology pilot, please contact John Knowles at knowl014@umn.edu or 612-626-8650.