Create a Distance Learning Classroom at Your Workplace
Programs produced by the Conservation Training Network (CTN) Studio at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center are now available via Livestream on your office/home computer, iPad, iPhone or Android device (with Wi-Fi).
We encourage using the existing FWS Distance Learning Classrooms when convenient (see locations and contacts listed by state). If you anticipate more than a few people in your office will participate in a broadcast, then we suggest creating a group viewing space i.e. "distance learning classroom".
Your distance learning classroom can be any available room with an internet connection, computer, large monitor or LCD projector and speakers. Chances are that your office already has the basics for distance learning participation.
The main advantages to using a distance learning classroom and group viewing are:
- Office bandwidth demand is reduced - resulting in better video streaming.
- Group discussion is possible - especially if a facilitator is available.
- When learning becomes a shared experience it can be more interesting and effective.
- Distractions are reduced and you can concentrate on your training content.
- Multi-use, your classroom can be used for multiple distance learning delivery methods, i.e. web conferencing, webinars, podcasts, e-learning courses, broadcasts, etc.
Whether you participate at your desktop or in a distance learning classroom, here are the links you need.
Participants may send questions or comments via the chat room located in the Livestream player window or, via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For large group viewing, some suggestions:
- A second pc is helpful for chat room and email use. This pc can be located in the back of the room and will allow participants to type questions for instructors. With WiFi, a tablet or smartphone can also be used for chat and email.
- If closed captioning is needed, a second pc or tablet would give the user a better way to read the captions. Note that when the CC icon is clicked, a new browser window opens for the captioning text.
- A facilitor is recommended for large groups. If a "participant guide" (pdf) is available for your broadcast, we suggest pre-printing prior to broadcast.
- Having an IT person on "stand-by" to troubleshoot any problems is also a good idea!