Rutgers Utilizes Immersive Video To Enhance Education.
Pictured to the left is Robert Barchi, President of Rutgers University, touring the immersive synchronous lecture classroom that will connect the Busch and Cook/Douglass campuses. This is part of the University’s coordinated efforts to improve the educational experience by reducing course-related student travel, keeping students on or close to their “home” campuses and moving ideas—professors and course material—to them. Professors will teach in one classroom (the “throw” classroom) and sophisticated high definition audio and video will broadcast professors life-size and in real-time to the other classroom (the “catch” classroom). The professors will be able to see, hear, and interact with their students in the “catch” classrooms on large screens located in the back of the room. In addition, students in both classrooms will be able to see their fellow students in the other classroom. Though the students on the respective campuses will be in the same classroom all semester—again, on or close to their “home” campuses—the professors will alternate between the rooms on a regular schedule, giving both classes equal access to their professors. The Cisco Collaboration project is being project managed and engineered by Aspire Technology Partners. Please call Aspire for more information.