We have all heard about it and some even experienced it (whether its been out of choice or due to current situations).
While on paper it looks perfect it often comes with quite some challenges and downsides as well.
- Students who feel alone, fighting loneliness.
- Teachers who have to switch from onsite to online lectures having to create online recorded content and engaging live lectures.
- Classroom interactions that are not possible online, like: A teacher looking over the shoulder of a student to monitor progress. And there are many more.
Bringing the classroom home focuses on the transition of switching from on-campus to remote education at home and the basic interactions and experiences that tend to get lost in these online scenario.
In order to enjoy remote education to the fullest, (whether you are a student or teacher) there is a need for change.
A lot of the current issues when transitioning from onsite to an online environment are quite obviously software related.
Some of these can easily be fixed with software updates alone while others need specific hardware and/or sensors solutions before they can be functioning to their full potential.
Currently a lot of the solutions used in (remote) education are software solutions developed for enterprise environments and their ways of working, mostly focusing on ways to improve either
Face-2-Face communication or productivity.
These solutions are not made for educational needs specifically and yet we use them, because there is nothing else out there.
Cisco Classmate is a product solution that can be used in combination with the Webex software and works together with hardware these students and/or teachers already are using at home (tablets, smartphones, tv's).
Specialized "Webex University" software developed for educational use will work hand in hand with these hardware solutions to create an improved user experience and combined they offer flexibility to the users to participate in their online courses the way that works best for them in their personal situation.
The Classmate Connect products allow the user to transform a TV or Display into an extended online learning environment.
Combining the Connect Hub with the Connect Camera allows for remote control with the WebEx University software and transforms every living room into an interactive learning experience.
Outside of the live lectures this solution can be used in remote collaboration with classmates or even in private scenarios like having a remote dinner together with your grandparents live from your living room.
The Classmate Live is an all in one solution to serve the live streaming and content creation needs of the online teachers.
Inspired by platforms such as Twitch and software solutions like OBS. This device allows for interactive and engaging live sessions without the clutter of various products on the desk.