Choosing and Scheduling a Video Conferencing Classroom
NYU has standardized different types of video conferencing for different sizes of rooms and instructional strategies. VC sessions can be conducted across two sites (point-to-point) or three sites (multipoint). Consideration should be given to elements such as media sharing and room design (e.g., number of monitors) when planning to conduct a multipoint session.
- VC - Seminar Configuration: These rooms consist of two simultaneous and synchronized video streams along with a stream for shared content (e.g., PowerPoint, video clips, etc.). Seminar rooms configured with VC attempt to capture on camera all of the students and faculty in a room and present them at, or near, life-size on the projection screens or monitors in the remote room. When furniture is configured for VC, faculty and students physically in the same room can see and speak with each other as well. In this way, students and faculty can see and speak with everyone involved in the class and no one needs to pan/zoom a camera to find and show a speaker. High-definition cameras and monitors provide the best possible view of the "remote" or "paired" classroom. Integrated audio enables natural discussion across sites. (Similar to a telephone call, both sites can talk and hear at the same time.)
- VC - Mid/Large Classroom Configuration: These rooms do not attempt to capture all of the students on camera at the same time, nor do they include the lighting and audio capture that would also be required to do so. Communication between 40 students in one location and 40 students in another location is neither practical nor effective for teaching and learning. Rather, in these classrooms, a remote speaker or small panel of speakers is displayed in one or both rooms participating in the video conference. Students who wish to ask questions of the remote speaker/panel must go to a spot in the room set up for the purpose of capturing audio and visual inputs. In-room PCs or personal laptops can display Internet or desktop content across sites to facilitate collaboration among students and faculty.
- VC - Large Lecture Hall/Auditorium Configuration: These rooms are very similar to large VC Classrooms, though the projectors and cameras may need to be of a higher caliber to accommodate the larger space and the greater distance from the front of house or teaching area. A speaker or speakers at the front of the room are captured on camera (along with any content they are projecting in the room) and displayed in the remote location. In addition, these rooms are used to display speakers from remote locations. In-room PCs or personal laptops can display Internet or desktop content across sites to facilitate collaboration among students and faculty.
For a full list of VC-enabled classrooms and administrative spaces throughout the University, as well as scheduling contact information, please refer to the Video Conferencing Locations section in ServiceLink. (requires login)