Masters students attend virtual class

A leading business school is adopting online teaching for MBA and MSc students around the world.

The Rotterdam School of Management, part of Erasmus University, is using WebEx’s Training Center software to create a virtual classroom that means students and professors can share documents, software applications, whiteboards, PowerPoint presentations, 3D objects and other media.

Students can communicate via webcams and even virtually raise their hands to ask or answer questions. An emotion indicator lets them advise the instructor of their body language. The business school is offering the virtual classroom to students about to start their MSc and postgraduate MBA courses, and to those engaged in executive education and for business support purposes.

“We are constantly looking for an innovative use of information and communication technology for our business education programmes,” says R Visser, executive manager, Learning Services at the Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management. “By enabling its students to maximise their learning with an online training solution, the School can take advantage of existing remote teaching resources and maximise the reach, frequency and timeliness of its course offerings.”

Erasmus is one of the latest to take advantage of the WebEx University Programme, an initiative that aims to increase the access to higher education around the world by promoting the use of remote learning. The programme offers a special educational package, which includes administrator training and promotional discounts, to European universities and colleges.

WebEx applications are in use at a number of universities around the world, including University College Dublin, Northumbria University, Stanford University in California and Cornell University in New York.

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