Videoconferencing uses audio and video telecommunication to conduct live conferences between two or more people. This technology enables a student and instructor to virtually be in one classroom while physically being miles apart. Grande Prairie Regional College has recently updated and increased the number of videoconference suites. We also have in our inventory a mobile unit that can be taken to any classroom within the College. Classes are continuously being offered to GPRC Fairview and our West Yellowhead campuses Jasper, Hinton, and Edson.
We use videoconferencing as a unique educational tool to virtually bring our instructors and rural students together for full-course delivery and instruction. This convenient, cost effective technology improves educational access and flexibility for students looking to further their education.
Extron Control Simulator
Some of the most common feedback we receive is uncertainty with how to use the technology our classrooms are equipped with, even after the instructor or student has received training. This is even more troubling, given that it can be hard to get into a classroom for practice without others present. To meet this need, the Ed. Tech. team is proud to present the Extron Control Simulator (link right). The Extron Simulator is a reproduction of the average control screen found in most classrooms on the Grande Prairie campus, complete with a simulation window of the results of button presses on the classroom and videoconferencing environment. The Simulator is completely interactive, every button behaves just as it would in the classroom, so go ahead and play around. In addition, we have a few tutorials on the side menu of the simulator that will walk you through a number of common tasks on the panel.