2 groups, 2 instructors, 2 locations. 1 integrated class.
The linked classroom is a type of synchromodal course design for bringing two face-to-face groups together online. An example of the linked classroom model is a course taught in Fall 2013 by EAD faculty Madeline Mavrogordato and Chris Dunbar in the Masters in Education Administration program.
Imagine if you will: Maddy and Chris have two different groups of students, one located in East Lansing, and one in the Detroit area. Bringing them all together via video conferencing allows students from different populations and backgrounds to discuss and explore content and ideas from multiple perspectives in a way that previously would have been logistically impossible. The two groups are now able to share presentations and other content synchronously, interacting through audio and video channels to exchange perspectives and insights as a single class.
The technology set-up uses GoToMeeting as the video conferencing platform and features an omni-direction speaker microphone and two cameras in each location. (Using two cameras per location enables more dynamic video coverage of both the instructor and the students.) Both groups use large screens to view presentations and each other during class. In East Lansing, they use two screens simultaneously – one solely for computer presentation, the other for the group to view and interact with the people in Detroit.This particular course design creates a synchromodal face-to-face and online instance we call the linked classroom model. Synchromodal refers to the fact that online and face-to-face participants interact synchronously as comparable partners, whether their mode of interaction is mediate via technology or not.To learn more about this exciting class model and how you can implement the linked classroom model in your own course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come by our office at 401b, Erickson Hall.