With distance learning trending in today’s classrooms, colleges need to invest in technology that captures lessons in a clear, crisp light.
The best way to start is to do some homework on distance learning cameras, the lens through which teachers in one location teach, and students in another location learn.
But what do you need in a distance learning camera?
Think with your eyes.
Good cameras will produce high definition images in bold colors and detail. Some cameras even go as far as to stitch together a complete, seamless image of a classroom, so that professors can see all of his or her students in a single frame.
For students who learn in the flipped-classroom setting, professors can utilize cameras that enable streaming options, such as Sonic Foundry‘s Mediasite system. Some cameras are used for live-viewing of a lesson now, or provide on-demand options so a class can be watched later.
Other cameras will provide point-tilt-zoom features, so that professors are able to get close-ups of students’ faces and name tags. That way, professors and students feel like they are together in a classroom, rather than feel the infinite miles between them.
Marci Powell, Global Director for Education and Training for Polycom, says that zooming in on a classroom helps students and professors get a better idea of what’s going on in the classroom.
“The ability to zoom in is amazing,” she says. “It’s like a micro-eye. You can see the tiniest detail you can’t see just standing.”
Finally, good cameras will support the ability for students and professors to collaborate and share content, such as with Mersive‘s Solstice software. Features like this will erase the seams of separation between long distance students and professors, and create a unified learning atmosphere.
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