Within the course of a day, two thirds of the Rutgers New Brunswick students attend classes on two or more campuses. This constant campus swapping causes too much traffic, burdens buses, and limits the courses students can schedule to accommodate travel time.
To reduce course-related student travel and as part of a coordinated effort to improve the educational experience, Rutgers wanted to create an immersive synchronous lecture (or “telepresence”) classrooms by piloting this initiative on the Busch and Cook/Douglass campuses. The goal was to have a professor teach in one classroom (the “throw” classroom), and, using high-definition audio and video, broadcast, in real-time, a life-size image of the professor in the remote classroom (the “catch” classroom).
To reduce travel, students would be in the same classroom all semester, remaining on or close to their “home” campuses, and the professor would alternate between rooms, so both locations would have equal access to their instructor.Return To: