Cisco has teamed up with Wharton School to launch virtually-connected classrooms intended to facilitate long-distance interaction among faculty, students and alumni.
Starting in Spring 2013, the business school will hold bicoastal classes in what it has dubbed as the “Cisco Connected Classroom,“ Cisco said Monday.
The classrooms will contain high-definition visual communication systems aimed at helping to virtually connect the classrooms and communities in Wharton’s San Francisco and Philadelphia campuses.
TelePresence technology-based classrooms combine a floor-to-ceiling screen at the front, 80-inch LED monitors on the side walls and large projection screens at the back, which aim to help professor and students view one another as if they are physically in the same room.
“The use of video is rapidly transforming classroom engagement and interactions while fostering new methods of collaboration, enriching the in-class experience and helping better utilize school resources,“ Inder Sidhu, Cisco senior vice president for strategy and planning, worldwide operations.
“Through technical innovations that aid in enhanced learning and teaching methods, Cisco, together with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is excited to showcase the power and impact technology can have within educational institutions,” Sidhu added.
Wharton students from San Francisco will use the connected classrooms to interact with guest experts in the Philadelphia campus and vice versa, Cisco says.
Professors will record lectures using the Cisco Capture, Transform, Share video platform, which aims to make lecture contents of the lecture accessible anywhere at any time.
Cisco's TelePresence technology also uses the Jabber unified communication application to help students attend lectures via their personal computer or mobile device.
Cisco is also aiming to help the Wharton School engage with alumni and support fundraising activities through the initiative.