During the 2009-2010 academic year, the College of Education ran a pilot program using the Echo360 lecture capture appliance in rooms 133D, 133E and 113 Erickson Hall with faculty members from CEPSE and Teacher Education. The Echo360 lecture capture system in 113 Erickson Hall was used my Professor Mike Steele for his TE802 and TE804 courses in math education. In addition teaching the students enrolled in the East Lansing sections, Professor Steele was also synchronously instructing students participating in the 5th-year internship program in Chicago Public Schools. A full rich-media output of the lectures, including the Adobe Connect Pro communication with the Chicago students, was made available to all students within 24 hours of the class meeting. An RSS feed of the lectures was also made available to students so they could subscribe once to the lectures and have the feed reader of their choice bring the new lectures to their computer.
In room 133D, Professor Harold Johnson was using the lecture captures for CEP432 and CEP431 and as part of his PILI project. (Pacific Island Learning Initiative in Deaf Education) Similar to the Teacher Education courses, the rich-media output was used to capture the camera in the classroom and the computer output. However, instead of the camera being on Professor Johnson, sign language interpreters from the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) were recorded for students taking the course from a distance that are hearing impaired. This made the lectures available to all students enrolled in the courses.
Rooms 133E and 128 are also available for the coming academic year starting in September 2010 for classroom capture as well as the 133F technology conference room for guest lectures, colloquium, meetings, and other special events. In addition to the rich-media output shown in the examples above, the Echo360 lecture capture system offers an enhanced podcast with chapter markers for iPods and iPhones, a vodcast (slides/audio in a browser), and an audio-only MP3 output. The vodcast is also available for download to be played locally on a computer offline.