“Amplifying” the classroom

Written on March 28, 2012 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General, Technology, University

Experts from around the globe coming to your classroom

Videoconferencing is one of the multiple tools that IE uses for teaching and communication purposes. However, at IE University the video lecture software is also being used as a tool to “amplify the classroom” by inviting virtually, experts from around the world to share their knowledge.

Last January in the bachelor of biology, Dr. Eduardo de la Peña, from Terrestrial Ecology Unit of  Ghent University in Belgium was invited from a distance to lecture on the topic: “Out of sight, out of mind: the role of soil biota in the functioning and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems.”

Students onsite at IE University in Segovia received this experts lecture in their regular classroom. As Maria José Sanchez, director of bachelor in biology mentions:” This has been a fantastic experience, not only for the students but also for the professor. Inviting an expert from across the world has never been easier. We hope to repeat this learning experience for students.”

The borders of the real classroom are getting fuzzier, real life experiences from across the world can easily be shared and amplify the educational field.

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