Classroom technologies include the audiovisual systems integrated into the classroom environment, as well as the audience response, lecture capture, and videoconferencing systems that can be found in most classrooms.
Since the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) opened its doors to the charter class in 1978, slide carousels and overhead projectors have been replaced with digital content and computer-based projection systems, all centrally controlled at the lecture podium. The AMX control panels built into classroom podia allow the instructor to switch between computer-generated PowerPoint presentations, DVD video, document cameras and other content sources. Classroom lighting, wireless microphone volume and even camera position can be controlled from these touch sensitive panels.
Some classrooms are equipped with interactive display technologies such as smartboards and interactive pen tablets. Most are outfitted with lecture capture technology which produces approximately 100 recordings a day. Students have come to rely heavily on these recordings as a way to view missed lectures, review difficult concepts, and prepare for exams. Many faculty engage students during the lecture using audience reponse systems, which capture student responses on a “clicker” for polling or testing purposes. With the launch of the Lebanon, Oregon campus in 2011, the need for live classroom-to-classroom videoconferencing dramatically increased. As a result, videoconferencing technology has been integrated into most classrooms to extend the teaching process beyond physical walls.
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