UNM-LA class goes online

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By Special to the Monitor

Technology is bringing an algebra class at UNM-Los Alamos to the Internet. The system captures and records what happens in the classroom. Each class meeting is recorded using audio and video, transformed automatically into a webcast and posted automatically to a website.

The new technology was purchased with funds from a Title V grant.

The new Media Site Classroom Capture system by Sonic Foundry, along with the use of newly acquired SmartBoard technology, allows students to access the recordings at any time and as often as they wish.

This will provide students with the ability to review difficult material at their own pace. The same webcasts of the classroom experiences are also being made available to students taking an online version of the same course.

Online students can have the benefit of a face-to-face class at any time of the day or night.

According to Sonic Foundry sources, more than 600 colleges and universities are now using this technology.

This technology provides a way to record and webcast any type of class, professional meeting or presentation.

The system provides many benefits to students that increase their success, said Division Head for Math, Science, Engineering, Communications and Fine Arts Kay Willerton.

“This technology allows for more interactive and personal online classes and an increased ability to provide courses online for students who cannot attend a given class in person,” she said.

The system will also be useful in accomplishing university business such as collaboration, presentation of information, and recording meetings and trainings, Willerton said.