- Southern Regional Technical College is providing online students the same interaction as in person students through simulcast.
- Simulcast allows SRTC to reach more students with the same number of teachers.
- SRTC is currently using simulcast in 7 classes across 4 campuses.
Leslie Elkins from Southern Regional Technical College said, “We have all different types of students from all different walks of life. Covid has really changed the game for everyone and how we deliver things. “
Maths Instructor Leslie Elkins has been working at Southern Regional for 3 years. She came back on board when Covid first happened.
“Teachers all over the world had to very quickly run up and get away,” Elkins said.
Elkins says it wasn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. Fast forward to 2023. The campus now offers simulcast—custom technology equipment that allows online students to interact in the same way as in person.
“That’s a tracking camera. So, we set some parameters in that camera so that it follows the teacher. So, if you were able to walk left or right it would come to you.”
Enrollment for the Southern Regional has more than tripled since 2021.
This new technology allows for expansion of class sizes without adding additional classrooms or teachers.
“The simulcast really allows our students to engage in class from anywhere at any time,” said Brittany Bryant, director of marketing/public relations.
Brittany Bryant, director of marketing and public relations, says the new tool has been successful and allows the school to meet the needs of each student.
“They can see the work process in front of them and interact in real time. It’s a little more than what Zoom can offer,” Bryant said.
Elkins says it provides a better learning experience for everyone.
“My favorite part is being able to meet the needs of more students,” Elkins said.