Universities unveil distance learning program
October 25, 2007
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has implemented distance learning programs based on educational webcasts.
The program’s event series, titled NUScast, consists of streaming video of university lectures and other events over the NUS Web site. In addition, as a participant in the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) educational consortium, NUS is using the streaming technology in a joint distance learning program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
NUScast is an Internet TV channel that enables faculty and students to access a full range of on-demand and live webcast lectures, seminars and campus events such as commencement ceremonies. Students and faculty also can access news; educational and research network TV channels such as BBC World, Channel News Asia and the Discovery Channel; and local TV broadcasts. NUScast relies on ViewCast Ospreyvideo capture card devices to convert live analog video signals into digital formats such as Windows Media, RealVideo or Flash for viewing over the NUScast Web portal.
NUS is also streaming educational content to students participating in the SMA, an innovative engineering and life science educational and research collaboration between NUS, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and MIT. Under the joint program with MIT, NUS is conducting real-time engineering courses via IP videoconferencing. The classes are then recorded and digitized via Osprey encoder cards into RealVideo format for later access by students via the SMA Web site.
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