North Carolina Video over Internet Protocol Courses
North Carolina Video over Internet Protocol (NCVIP) Courses
NCVIP courses are traditional in the sense that they meet at a specific time and location. NCVIP classrooms are specially equipped with cameras, monitors, microphones, and speakers that allow for live, real-time interaction with instructors and students at remote locations. For classes that SCC receives from other institutions, the instructor is teaching at a remote site and SCC students view the lectures presented on flat-panel television monitors. The technology enables students to view and hear one another even though they are in separate locations. The interaction is similar to a telephone conversation in which you can see the other person while you are conversing with him or her. Classes that are transmitted to other locations are typically very similar to traditional seated classes. The instructor is present in the NCVIP classroom at SCC, but the class involves interaction with other students that are participating at one or more remote sites. Trained personnel facilitate all NCVIP courses. SCC students enrolled in NCVIP courses are fully oriented to classroom procedures on the first day of class and are asked to sign a statement indicating that they understand and agree to adhere to the established guidelines for NCVIP courses.
Is an NCVIP course right for me?
The NCVIP classroom environment is different from that of the traditional classroom. The NCVIP room is equipped with cameras, ceiling microphones, and speakers that relay audio and video to one or more remote sites. If an instructor is at a remote location, the interaction is very different. It is similar to a telephone call in which you can see the person to whom you are speaking. Typically there is a one- to two-second delay in the transmission of SCC’s audio and video signals. If a student at SCC asks a question to an individual at a remote site it may seem as if the question was not heard immediately. This is a direct result of the transmission delay. Additionally, the SCC classroom microphones are very sensitive and can easily relay sideline comments. The NCVIP student has to be mindful of and respectful of these considerations at all times. This unique learning environment takes some getting used to and may be intimidating for shy students, but most students adapt well to this setting rather quickly. If you have questions about whether or not an NCVIP course might be well suited for you, talk with your advisor or contact the Director of Distance Learning, Lew Gravis, by e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org.