Professor Martin Zinke-Allmang's first-year
Physics class has changed drastically over the last five years. It's
not the content of his lectures. It's not the room, his lecture style
or even the students. It's the accessibility of the lesson that's come a
long way, thanks to new software [Blackboard Collaborate] and help from
Information Technology Services (ITS) at Western.
In another lifetime, University of Western
Ontario Psychology professor Mike Atkinson would be teaching his classes
on a beach on Bora Bora Island. Although this is not quite his reality,
Atkinson is able to indulge his academic fantasy in Second Life.
The solution came in the form of Wimba Live
Classroom, an interactive online education application accessed through
WebCT Owl, which allows teaching assistants to conduct real-time virtual
tutorials. And, the two teaching assistants don't even have to be in
the same room during the tutorial.