Synchronized Learning Opens Opportunities for Students

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Seven Osceola Campus students completed Introduction to Paralegal Studies, a class offered by East Campus, without ever having to drive to East, thanks to our new synchronized learning classroom. Osceola students met in Building 1, Room 115 and were able to see and hear their professor of paralegal studies, Wendy Toscano, as well as their East Campus classmates, via large television monitors.

Wendy and the East Campus students were also able to see and hear the students at Osceola, making for an interactive learning experience without requiring students to commute across Central Florida. This aligns directly with Objective 2.2 of our Campus Plan, which states: “By 2018, the Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses will implement technology that makes it possible for students at the three campuses to complete a wider variety of programs without the need to travel to other campus locations.”

Students from both campuses, as well as Wendy, completed surveys about their experiences throughout the semester, and Osceola students took part in an end-of-semester focus group. They talked about what it meant to them to not have to drive to East Campus for the class, and they overwhelmingly stated that they would take another class in the Synchronized Learning format if it were offered.

Wendy just began teaching a second pilot of the class in the summer term, and students already seem to be enjoying the cross-campus interaction. They, like the spring class, are also enjoying being a part of a new opportunity at the College.

The equipment required for the synchronized learning classrooms was purchased with support from our Title V Osceola grant, which has, as one of its goals, to bring new Career and Technical Education opportunities to Osceola Campus students. To learn more about our Title V Osceola grant and other exciting projects we’re working on, visit the grant Web page in English or Spanish.

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