Interactive Television (ITV) classes replicate a traditional classroom experience with one unique exception: the "classroom" can consist of individuals or groups in several separate locations. The instructor and students can both see and talk to each other as if they were actually in the same room. They can do this through a two-way broadcast or through the Blackboard web interface "Collaborate," providing live, interactive communication among the instructor and students regardless of location. Each site has a specially equipped classroom that can accommodate this type of broadcast.
Wharton County Junior College offers college courses across the various WCJC campuses. These courses have fixed meeting times and places and follow the WCJC Academic Calendar.
How do ITV classes work?
The classroom in which the instructor is located is the host site. The classrooms where additional individuals or groups of students are at are called remote or receiving sites. Each classroom contains equipment which may be similar to the following:
- A camera in the back of the room, focused on the instructor
- A camera in the front of the room, focused on the students
- Ceiling or desktop microphones to transmit audio
- Monitors or a projector in the front of the room for student viewing of remote sites and any material displayed by means of the document camera or other video input
- A control system for the instructor to choose what is being viewed by the remote sites
Courses typically offered through this program include: Government, History, Economics,
Criminal Justice, Teacher Education and Human Services.