Videoconferencing Supports Distance Learning, Provides Travel Alternative

The Videoconferencing Center (VCC) supported two Distance Learning Courses during Fall 2005, including Animal Science with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an International Programs class with a Japanese university. The Videoconferencing Center held 17 separate videoconferencing meeting events in the two Olson Hall facilities, including: the Chancellor??'s Office, Plant Sciences, Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, UCD Athletics, Anthropology, UCD Washington Center, and University Extension.

The Videoconferencing Center was also recently presented to faculty and department heads as an alternative to time- and resource-intensive travel. The Videoconferencing Center and distance education rooms are available and free of charge when used for academic purposes. They may be used to bring in a guest expert speaker from anywhere in the world, conduct screening interviews, or present a UCD speaker to a remote audience. In addition to the equipped rooms, a portable system may also be moved to many places on and off campus. Contact CTS Help Desk for more information at 752-3553.