Classroom and Seminar Rooms


Media Center and Library

Personal Reflection Space

Assessment Center

Social Center

Asynchronous web conferencing based

Time and place independent for all participants

Easy web interface

Only requires a web browser for access - no proprietary client or plug-in

Variety of modes from lecture to specialist panel to whole group discussion

Structure the classroom to meet learning objectives

Easy placement of files, images, audio and video clips in discussions

Allows for presentations and discussions to use multimedia and files prepared using standard word processors

Secure file library for each classroom/seminar room

Share resources between students and faculty

Based on one web server

No discontinuity in conversation and discussion due to uploading and uploading and replication at different times - everything is web based

Teacher/Facilitator easily controls the look and feel of the classroom and participant activities

Allows the teacher/facilitator to design the environment to meet learning objectives

Web-conferencing using item-response scrolling system

Advanced organizer of conversation into a coherent and flowing dialogue - is natural and enables real conversation

System tracks who has seen what

Easy for student and faculty to monitor and track  progress on assignments

System can only present "new" material

Enables students to keep up-to-date on all material

 All material is key word search able

Easily find material anywhere in the classroom

Classroom members roster easily viewable

Allows personal 1:1 communication

Secure area for only those students on the particular course

Develops group awareness, sense of shared learning experience, and potential of learning community

Hyperlinking to anything on the campus and to web resources from anywhere

Harness the power of the web to link together related information embedded in the system



Web-based resource center

Links to the web

Project area

Continually growing base of course participants produced resources available on the web enabling easy access by anyone on the web.

Multimedia resources for each course

Easy organization of media for each course



Designed for social interaction

Contributes to group sharing

Participants free to create anything

Explores topics outside of course curriculum

Lounges, water coolers, pubs and student unions

Different places for relationships to develop

Structure promotes spontaneous discussion

Promotes informal learning



Each student participant has own journal space

Encourage critical reflection of course content and process

Reflective questions

Develop meta-cognitive awareness



Journal organized by name, date, and time

Enable close personal interaction among faculty and students

Web-based student-participation assessment of learning

Encourages transformative learning

Distance learning testing system available

Secure testing process if needed

Tracking system that shows who has read what and percentages of contribution and time "in class"

Enable the professor/teacher/facilitator to monitor progress of each student and the group

Pre-course web based Myers-Briggs indicator

Adjust course approach to reflect learning preferences of students



Registration area with forms

Information entered directly from web into database

Faculty Rooms

Places to meet and prepare courses

Campus members contacts

Easy access to phone, email and webpage authoring

Technical Support and help

One place where all credit information is accessible

Course records and credit information

One place for information about how to use the campus and to create and upload web pages

Our  Virtual Campus is a place on the World Wide Web designed for learning. It can be customized to meet specific learning objectives. The virtual campus we use for our courses reflects our design approach and consists of six components all present in a secure environment on the web. The keystone of the design is based in the belief that learning occurs through good conversation and experiences that touch our emotions and intellect.

 The six components are:

These integrated components use web-conferencing, chat, Internet e-mail, OBDC databases, and assessment software in a seamless web based interface.

site update June, 2002

The College of Exploration   2002

Virtual Campus 

College of Exploration, 230 Markwood Drive, Potomac Falls, VA 20165 USA
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