Remote Observation Kits
Our office is pleased to collaborate with our distance learning faculty to develop innovative technology packages that allow faculty members to observe their students from a remote location in a variety of settings. The remote observation kits (ROKs) were originally designed to address the College of Education's need to observe student teachers around the state. By using one of our ROKs the faculty member is able to sit at their desk and supervise and coach as if they were in their students' classrooms. This provides a streamlined and cost-efficient approach to observing students not only in the classroom but in practica and clinical settings as well.
Each ROK is equipped with an HD webcam mounted on a tracking pod that allows the observer to pan and tilt the camera so that he or she can view any part of the room they require. Also included is a high quality Bluetooth headset the remote user wears so the observer can hear everything that is transpiring while being able to talk directly to whomever is being observed without being overheard. All of this communication is conducted through Microsoft Lync, which licensed through the university giving access to all students, faculty and staff.
We have two varieties of ROKs, a larger version including a small laptop and a smaller version without one. The version with the laptop is kept up to date and free of viruses with everything installed and ready for use, while the version without has a thumb drive including a packaged installer for all software needed. Each version is contained in a durable case and ready to be simply opened, plugged in and used.
If you are interested in implementing our ROKs in your program or course please contact us to set up a meeting. We would be more than happy to coordinate a demonstration and discuss possible uses that may apply to your specific needs.