ERIC Number: ED392402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-16
Reference Count: N/A
Technological Challenges: Designing Large Compressed Video and Multimedia Classrooms.
Hart, Russ A.; Parker, Roger
Designing a distance learning classroom requires integration of educational goals and philosophy with technology and ergonomics. The technological challenge and key to designing effective distance learning and multimedia classrooms is creating an environment in which the participants--students, and teacher--may easily interact with instructional materials. Based on the experiences of California State University, Fresno (CSUF) and California State University, Hayward (CSUH), the design challenges and solutions for large compressed video and multimedia classrooms are illustrated. Various options for facilities accommodating from 48 to 184 students are examined for the inclusion of state of the art control systems with multimedia capability. General design considerations include: site and spatial relationships, imaging, lighting, acoustics, mechanical systems, and electrical and communication systems. It is essential that planners determine the optimum mix and configuration of teaching facilities prior to beginning any classroom project. An appendix provides a list of equipment for the two interactive CSUF classrooms described, as well as the video network designs, floor plan, and equipment layout. In addition, a packet of information on the CSUH distance learning classroom design is included. (Contains 12 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California State University Fresno; California State University Hayward; Compressed Video
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (Indianapolis, IN, February 16, 1996).