Journal of Networks, Vol 3, No 5 (2008), 54-64, May 2008
doi:10.4304/jnw.3.5.54-64

Smart Classrooms for Distance Education and their Adoption to Multiple Classroom Architecture

Davar Pishva, G. G. D. Nishantha

Abstract


This paper provides an overview of the technologies used in smart classrooms for distance education by classifying smart classrooms into four categories and discussing the type of  technologies used in their implementation. It gives an example of a successful implementation of distance education technology being used to link university campuses in Japan and the US, and  describes its underlying architecture and implementation technologies. It examines the methodologies being used to make distance learning an exciting experience and as effective as the traditional classroom type education. Furthermore, the paper shows how a similar architecture can be extended to a model where a single local class can simultaneously cater to the needs of multiple remote classrooms and presents a workable solution to some of the technical challenges that exits in multipoint, multiple classroom architecture. Finally, it shows how some of the inherent challenges of the system are being managed and identifies physical and practical limitations of a multiple classroom architecture for a successful remote lecturing environment.



Keywords


Internet; remote lecturing; remote lecturing system; smart classrooms; multiple classroom architecture

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