Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

DL Courses Augmented with Camera Projector

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

DL Courses Augmented with Camera Projector

Article excerpt

The distance learning telecommunications network at State University of New York (SUNY), Institute of Technology plays host to several educational endevors.

Daniel Shabert, the director of instructional resources, explains that six other sites in upstate New York are tied into the network and receive graduate-level special education courses. Two courses, one on learning disabilities in school and society and another on mental retardation in school and society, are featured each semester. "A total of 100 students at all seven sites receive instruction," says Shabert.

In addition, the telecommunication studio offers inservice training teleconferences and workshops on special topics. Roughly three to four times a semester conferences on CAD/CAM or educating gifted students are broadcast to 60 sites across the country.

* Choice instrument

The EV308 from Elmo Manufacturing in New Hyde Park, N.Y., is Shabert's overhead projector of choice because it is the only one he could find that offered genlocking, a feature necessary for transmitting the signal over the network. When instructors wanted to include visual aids like transparencies, the problem of incompatible video signals arose. In response to this, alternative overhead projectors had to be found. Pre-made graphics and other written materials are captured by the unit's camera and viewed by the students. …

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