SEASSI 2017 Distance Classes

Computer System and Equipment Requirements: Depending on the number of online students signed up for a SEASSI class, online participation will occur in one of three ways: internet videoconferencing, two-way interactive videoconferencing, or virtual attendance in a live classroom via a tablet. SEASSI administrative staff will work closely with each distance education student about which mode of online presence will be used in his/her case.

It is imperative that each distance student be at a wired (i.e., NOT wireless/Wifi) broadband connection, so that all audio and video signals are as fast as possible. You will be expected to work with SEASSI tech support staff, prior to the beginning of classes, to test out your computer equipment and internet connection. It is extremely disruptive to the instructor and classmates when a distance student's signal is weak, choppy or frozen. The distant student is responsible for maintaining adequate bandwidth and computer speed to ensure smooth, clear audio and video signals. Distance students who fail to do so will be asked to leave the class until the technical issues are resolved, and no tuition refund will be given to distance students in this circumstance.

The minimum requirements of your computer system for this mode of instruction are well beneath what most computers are typically capable of:

  • 2 GB RAM minimum, more recommended
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Soundcard
  • Headset with microphone/headphones, or speakers and a good-quality echo-canceling microphone.
  • Webcam

We recommend that students take advantage of the resources available at local college or university language labs. A typical college language lab offers very high speed internet connections, powerful computers, good-quality headsets, and an environment that is ideal for language learning.

Internet videoconferencing: If we have four or five online students all enrolling in the same class, we will create a separate, online section of that class. Students will meet online with their instructor via UW-Madison's internet videoconferencing software.

Interactive two-way videoconferencing: SEASSI will have access to at least one interactive two-way videoconferencing (ITV) unit for summer 2017. We anticipate using this for a class that has a small enrollment (2 or 3 students) on the UW-Madison campus and 1 or 2 additional students who want to participate from a distance. In this scenario, one teacher will incorporate both face-to-face and distance students into one class, using the videoconferencing technology. You, the online student in this mode, will be connecting to the ITV unit either via personal computer or via an ITV unit on your home campus. As with internet videoconferencing, you will be expected to work with SEASSI tech support staff, prior to the beginning of classes, to test out your computer equipment and internet connection.

Virtual attendance in a live classroom via a tablet: In some classes, we may be able to incorporate one or two distant students into our regular summer classrooms. In this model, the distant student is "present" on a desk in a language classroom via a tablet. The online students in this mode will be connecting to the tablet in the classroom via a desktop or high-quality laptop computer. Each distance education student will be expected to work with SEASSI tech support staff, prior to the beginning of classes, to test out his/her computer equipment and internet connection.

We recommend that students take advantage of the resources available at local college or university language labs. A typical college language lab offers very high speed internet connections, powerful computers, good-quality headsets, and an environment that is ideal for language learning.

 

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Contact Us!
Please direct any questions to the SEASSI Program Coordinator:

Jinda Moore
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: (608) 263-1755 email:
seassi@seasia.wisc.edu