Interactive learning has become a prerequisite element for modern education. University of Hong Kong has recently turned to video conferencing technologies to create such experience for its students.
As part of HKU's Centennial Campus, a project that combines architectural and technological revamp to enhance learning experience, the Faculty of Law has recently brought Polycom's video conferencing into its classroom.
Completed in October 2012, the high-definition video collaborative technologies create a real-time simulated court proceeding environment, allowing faculties to provide an instant feedback to students.
"Previously, our students' performances in simulated court proceedings had to be recorded in one room, and played back in another -- a highly time-consuming and inefficient system," said Professor Johannes Chan, dean of the Faculty of Law at HKU. "With Polycom's solutions, we are now able to evaluate these recordings at one place so that students can receive immediate feedback on areas of improvement."
Apart from being used inside the classroom, Chan said that the technology has also been useful outside the classroom. The technology has streamlined the Faculty's admission processes and internal meetings.
"We can now conduct interviews with international candidates 'face-to-face' and meetings are now more effective with the camera tracking feature that enables us to easily focus on speakers," added Chan.
He said through the video conferencing technologies, students can enjoy simultaneous learning experiences, immediate exchange of ideas, and knowledge sharing between legal professionals and students around the world.
"Through our partnership with HKU, students and academics are experiencing greater benefits through real-time visual interactions," said Michael Alp, President, Polycom Asia Pacific. "I am delighted that Polycom is playing such as a vital role in nurturing talent from the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law for the future good of society."
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