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Higher Ed Expands Reach Through Video Conferencing

May 13, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by by Heather B. Hayes / EdTech

Colleges and universities are tapping powerful collaboration technologies to connect students like never before.

When Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) merged with three different regional technical colleges between 2010 and 2012, the university found itself spread across eight campuses statewide, with too many students to teach and not enough teachers or classrooms to accommodate them.

The technology team had a solution in mind: video conferencing. Not the outmoded, difficult-to-use and less reliable systems of times past, but something that would allow instructors to walk in, turn on and get straight to work teaching and interacting with onsite and remote students.

"We have a small technical staff at our college, so it had to be user-friendly," says Bruce Hemphill, an information systems and database analyst at the school. "We couldn't be everywhere at the same time."

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