Using video conferencing technology in the class enables faculty, students and guests to meet in real time from remote locations. Instructors can,
- Schedule online office hours to meet with students remotely
- Invite an off-campus guest speaker to join the class remotely
- Allow students to meet online for group work
- Host class from a remote location (i.e while conducting fieldwork or from a conference off campus)
- Allow students from other Cornell campus’ to join your class
- Enable critiques of student work by professionals off-site
Several technological options exist for Cornell instructors who want to use video conferencing in class. Additional features such as shared white boards, private and group chat, captioning, document sharing
Blackboard’s Collaborate can enable many of the above use cases. Conference participants do not need to be Cornell affiliated to join the session, which can accommodate up to 100 users.
Below is a short video of Collaborate in action!