Simulcast

Simulcast classes provide you with options to broadcast your live lecture from one classroom to other classrooms on the same or different campuses as well as allowing students to join from their personal devices wherever they may be located.

Consider the simulcast experience when you need to..

  • Increase seat capacity in a class
  • Make a class available at more than one campus but have staffing limitations
  • Offer flexible attendance options for students

Simulcast classes combine the best of both worlds- live lectures and online instruction using a combination of technologies such as Webex and iCollege.

Simulcast Your Lecture

There are many ways to broadcast a class using simulcast technologies. All of them use a physical classroom as a host site to stream live to students in other locations.  Here are some common ways simulcast technology can be used:

Site-to-Site
The host site (the instructor’s physical classroom) is connected to one or more remote sites (other classrooms). The instructor can broadcast slideshows, whiteboarding, and camera content in real time, allowing them to teach in more than one classroom at once.
Site-to-Many
The host site links to many remote connections, such as students’ personal devices. The instructor can teach a class to a physical classroom and many online or remote students both at once. GTAs can help to manage and back channel communications.
Site-to-Site-to-Many
A combination of host and remote sites, as well as connections to personal devices, are used to provide maximum flexibility for broadcasting live lectures to students. GTAs can help to manage and back channel communications.

Instructional Support Staff

Remote sites and remote connections require the presence of a staff member or graduate teaching assistant that can:

  • Unlock the physical locations
  • Ensure that the technology starts up correctly
  • Assist the instructor with classroom management
    • Ensure that student questions are addressed
    • Ensure that students are focused on the instructor
  • Proctor/assist with learning activities as directed by the instructor
  • Assist instructor and students with technology, such as iCollege, document cameras, videos, etc.
  • Coordinate technology support responses to technology issues

The host site can also benefit from having an instructional support staff member present to assist the instructor. CETL provides training for instructional support staff.

Simulcast Locations

Atlanta: Langdale 200
Clarkston: CB2305
Dunwoody: NE0230
Decatur: SB2250
Alpharetta: AB114
Newton: 1N1440
Most simulcast-enabled classrooms are scheduled through the college schedulers.
**additional locations are available for small pilots

 

Support for Simulcast

CETL provides consultation and support services for simulcast classrooms, and hosts workshops to prepare faculty and instructional support staff for the simulcast experience. Contact us at cetl@gsu.edu.