A compressed video class at Rogers State University is essentially telepresence teaching. Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allows a person to feel as if they are present at a location other than their own true location.
At RSU, taking a compressed video class allows students in remote areas to continue their education by eliminating travel to the main campus.
The success of this type of course delivery is reliant on the instructor knowing how to effectively use the equipment, and applying creative techniques to teach a traditional class in a non-traditional way. The Center for Teaching and Learning is committed to helping make the telepresence experience for you and your students more meaningful by providing the tools, training and suggested techniques.
What makes up a compressed video classroom?
Each room is equipped with:
- LED monitors
- HD Cameras
- Microphone and speaker system
- Computer with SMART technology monitor
- Touch panel that allows instructors to easily move between computer applications/websites, student and teacher cameras.
- Projector and screen
What you should expect?
- One-on-one training on how to use the equipment.
- Onsite technical support at each campus.
- Student workers are employed each semester as CV facilitators and are responsible for:
- Opening the classroom at least 15 minutes prior to class time
- Turning on the equipment and adjusting video and audio as needed
- Connecting to the participating classrooms
- Troubleshooting equipment or connections issues
- Distributing class materials (at your request)
Note: The facilitator’s primary responsibility prior to and during class time is to ensure that the room and equipment is properly configured, and to troubleshoot minor equipment or connection issues. In order to do this, they must remain in the classroom area.
What’s expected of you?
Plan ahead to make sure that students on each campus have the materials they need for the class. Here are a few suggestions:
- Use e-campus as an online supplement to your class to avoid having to snail-mail materials.
- Mail to each campus the appropriate number of copies to accommodate the number of students in your class.
- Allow 2- 3 business days for materials to reach the telepresence classroom at each campus.
- Use the red “CV Only” envelopes to help expedite the delivery of CV related mail (available in the departments, mail center or main offices on each campus).
- Do not email documents to facilitators or other campus personnel for them to make copies as we cannot guarantee that they will have staff on hand to complete the task.
- Sensitive materials should be put in a white envelope and sealed with tamper tape (available in your department or mail center) before putting them in the red envelope.
Facilitators are allowed to distribute and collect exams. They can also monitor the classroom through the window of their respective control room and report any unusual activity. However, facilitators are students too and should not be placed in the position of confronting fellow students. Large screens with a wide-angle camera view of each classroom in present on the back wall of each classroom so that instructors can monitor the classrooms. If an instructor needs a physical presence in the classroom during testing they must make arrangements with someone in their department or with an appropriate proctor at each campus.
Start and Stop Class on Time:
Be mindful of instructors coming in after you – allow time for questions prior to class end. Also, facilitators need a minimum of 10 minutes to get the classroom set up for the next class.
Change Location / Cancel Class:
Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning if you plan to teach from another campus or will not be having class. Instructors are encouraged to teach from the other locations. Please contact (or have your department contact) the Center for Teaching and Learning if you need to cancel class or will be teaching from another campus.
Maintain Behavior in Classroom:
CV facilitators are not allowed to confront students who might be disrupting class. They are allowed to report any misconduct to you and/or follow the appropriate protocol for reporting problems at their campus.
Ensure students have turned off their cell phones during class. Microphones are live at all locations during the class. Instruct students to silence or turn off their cell phone during class so as not to cause disruptions.
Other important information you should know.
Mail delivery schedule: UPS is used for pickup and delivery of mail between campuses. Pick-up and delivery are not done at the same time—there is a pick up time and there is a delivery time at each campus. The schedule is as follows:
Outgoing Mail (pick up):
Mail going out from each campus is picked up between 3:30 – 4 p.m. each day. Note: If outgoing mail does not get to its respective pickup location before UPS picks up for that day it will not go out until the next business day. Additionally, the actual delivery to an instructor is subject to the mail rooms or department’s pickup/delivery routine.
Incoming Mail (delivery): Mail coming in to each campus is received by the mail room each day between 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
- Center for Teaching and Learning: 918-343-7703
- CV Phones/Fax: (CV phones are not manned between classes)
- Call 918-343-7703 during normal business hours.
- Claremore: 918-343-7664 | 918-343-7672 fax
- Pryor: 918-343-7964 | 918-825-6058 fax
- Bartlesville: 918-343-7967 | 918-335-8097 fax
- CTL Technical Coordinator: 918-343-7734 (after-hours personal cell phone 918-557-8060)
- CTL Director: 918-343-7713
Speak to the CV facilitator about camera adjustments, audio issues, connections and other immediate technical issues affecting class, and instructional materials distribution.
Speak with the technical coordinator or CTL Director about:
- recurring technical issues
- technology issues such as improvements, upgrades, future needs, training on how to best use the equipment
- learning more about how the technology works
- taking a mini tour of our facilities
- suggestions for improvement or praise of a facilitator’s performance
- instructional issues including what strategies work, how to assess, how to connect with distance learners, and implications for the role of the faculty, etc.