FGCU Brings New Teleconferencing to Charlotte Center; Students, Faculty Participate Via Live Two-Way Cameras
FORT MYERS, FL - For the first time this fall, students at the Florida Gulf Coast University Charlotte Center will be able to participate in classes broadcast live from the FGCU Fort Myers campus without leaving home.
Newly available teleconference technology is making it possible for students to meet in a classroom at the FGCU Charlotte Center, located in the Charlotte County Cultural Center, and fully participate in a for-credit class concurrently in session on the FGCU campus in Fort Myers.
The technology provides for complete two-way audio and video. Two cameras - one in the FGCU Fort Myers classroom and a second one at the FGCU Charlotte Center - link faculty and students at both sites for dialogue and visual contact.
“The use of this and other technologies will bring special kinds of progress to Charlotte County from FGCU,” executive director Robert L. Burns said.
“Teleconferencing, online courses and traditional instruction in the classroom all will be used to bring the University to our backyard. We look forward to tailoring both our educational services and our delivery methods to bring quality education to Charlotte. We will do whatever it takes to reach that goal.”
Every classroom in the FGCU Charlotte Center is equipped with the new teleconferencing technology, opening a wealth of classes to students who live and work in Charlotte County but find it difficult or sometimes impossible to travel one or more times a week to Fort Myers.
Three fall courses, which are currently planned respectively on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, include Leadership and Management in Criminal Justice Agencies, Introduction to Public Administration, and Ethics in Human Services.
Traditional on-site classes and those offered via new media such as online, are also available. More upper division and graduate teleconference classes are being planned for the spring.
“FGCU in Charlotte will concentrate on upper division (junior and senior) and graduate classes so as to avoid duplicating the mission of Edison Community College,” Burns said. “It would be foolish to waste public funds by competing with another state campus right here at home.”
The technical staff of the Cultural Center and DayStar Communications helped to ready the Cultural Center building for the new wireless technology.
Teleconference courses are part of FGCU’s comprehensive distance learning strategic plan to increase access to higher education in and beyond Southwest Florida.
The FGCU Charlotte Center enhances access to FGCU for the citizens of Charlotte County by extending the University’s broad array of undergraduate and graduate study in education, nursing/allied health, business and public services, in addition to professional development and continuing education programs.
For more information, contact Burns at (941) 883-2423