The old and the new: A whiteboard and a videoconference living together

Written on November 3, 2011 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

New technologies at the service of education

Always focussed on learning innovation, IE Business School and IE University make extensive use of new technologies in its degree and postgraduate programs. The latest technological innovation has been implemented in the Master in Architectural Management and Design. This is a postgraduate, blended program of IE University, incorporating on-site classes in different parts of the world and online classes based on the comprehensive use of forums and videoconferences.

A new kind of projector, recently acquired, allows the professor to move freely and express himself while teaching through videoconferences. A wireless headset with built-in microphone sets him free from being seated in order to give the class. It gives him the option of standing-up, writing or drawing on plans on a large digital whiteboard, similar to those in traditional classrooms. Consequently, his way of giving classes is much more natural and dynamic. Students have commented that they feel closer to the professor and become more engaged in the course.

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