ERIC Number: ED360958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Establishing and Using an Electronic Classroom: The Western Illinois University Experience.
Barker, Bruce O.; Harris, Bruce R.
Western Illinois University, the sixth largest university in the state, opened the GTE Electronic Classroom for use by faculty and students in January 1993. The classroom is a state-of-the-art visual presentation and electronic interaction facility that promotes the use of advanced technologies for large image video projection and discussion. Seats are arranged theater-style, and the instructor controls the sequence and presentation of visuals from an audio/video/computer podium. The hardware for the classroom is described, with an emphasis on the ability to project microscopic views. The development of the classroom, from a gift by the GTE Corporation, is traced, establishing the rationale for its development, the development process, and the approximate costs of the classroom equipment. The classroom is being used by faculty to model how today's technologies can be used in instruction. Using it as a studio will enable the high-end technology to be used for distance education, and steps are being taken to connect it with a public school and another college. Incorporating this technology helps ensure the place of technology in the classroom of the future. (SLD)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Electronic Classrooms, Electronic Equipment, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Program Implementation, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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