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September 14, 1995

Interactive television demonstrations set

Interactive television (ITV), now available to Pitt faculty, allows teachers to go beyond their own classrooms and simultaneously reach classrooms at one or more of the University's other campuses. Students at "far site" classrooms can hear and see the instructor, who can likewise hear and see them.

The newly formed Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) is sponsoring a demonstration and discussion about ITV on Sept. 27, 1-2:30 p.m., with the session repeated on Oct. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Members of the University community are invited to attend the demonstrations to see how the new technology operates and to discuss its potential.

Seating is limited. Call 624-3335 by Sept. 22 to register for one of the demonstrations.

Teaching with ITV requires instructors to wear a microphone that allows movement around the room with little restriction, CIDDE staff said. A copy stand displays written words, pictures or small three-dimensional objects for students at both sites. An instructor can establish rapport and communication with students in his or her own classroom as well as with students at the far site(s).

"Curriculum specialists and video production staff at CIDDE assist faculty in learning how to use this new technology," according to a recent CIDDE mailing. "Following an initial training session where faculty see the equipment in action and take part in practice activities with ITV, curriculum specialists work individually with instructors to assist in planning the interactive classes, as well as the materials and other support services required." For more information on distance learning opportunities at Pitt, contact Joanne M. Claus, interim assistant director, CIDDE, at 624-3335.

Pittsburgh — 211 Lawrence Hall (origination site)

Bradford — location to be announced

Greensburg — 250 Millstein Building

Johnstown — 208 Owen Library (Oct. 3 only)

Titusville — G7 Barco Center

Filed under: Feature,Volume 28 Issue 2

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