Today the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Cisco unveiled the learning experience of the future — one that blends life-size visual communication by using the Bay Area Company’s telepresence platform. Changing the collaboration technique with enhanced interaction with faculty, students and alumni is incorporated. The physical classroom becomes virtual space.
The use of video is rapidly transforming classroom engagement and interactions, while fostering new methods of collaboration, enriching the in-class experience, and helping better utilize school resources. Through technical innovations that aid in enhanced learning and teaching methods, Cisco, together with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is excited to showcase the power and impact technology can have within educational institutions.” – Inder Sidhu, SVP, Strategy and Planning, Worldwide Operations, Cisco
One Classroom, Two Coasts, Anywhere Access
Three thousand miles separates the students in Wharton’s Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses. The combination of a floor-to-ceiling screen at the front of one classroom and 80-inch LED monitors on the side walls of each room, as well as large projection screens in the rear, students and faculty feel as if they are learning and interacting in the same physical space. From the viewpoint of the professor at the lectern, students on the other coast appear to be seated in rows directly behind the local students; the students in the remote classroom see the professor projected in life-size high definition on the floor-to-ceiling screen.
We are delighted to partner with Cisco on this project. This major technological advancement will connect Wharton’s campuses and community in ways never before possible. The Wharton School and Cisco share a passion for innovation, and with this enhanced learning tool Wharton extends its role as a knowledge-creation leader.” -Tom S. Robertson, dean, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Wharton will also utilize the Cisco® Capture, Transform, Share (CTS) video platform to enable professors to record lectures and make those lectures available for replay. This provides access to key content from any location and at any time, increasing the value and reach of each lecture and classroom discussion.
Additionally, Wharton intends to use the technology to provide access to some of the world’s leading experts — wherever they may be. Improve the student experience. This collaborative solution uses Cisco JabberTM. Cisco’s unified communications application, which enables students to join lectures from PCs and mobile devices.
Cisco has a history of developing unique solutions for educational institutions and a strong corporate commitment to improving the quality of education. Through the Cisco Networking Academy™ program, the company’s 21st Century Schools initiative and numerous engagements with nongovernmental organizations whose aim is to boost opportunity through education, Cisco has helped multiply the impact of technology on millions of students and teachers around the globe.
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About the Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 91,000 graduates.
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