Cisco and Wharton School Unveil the Learning Experience of the Future

Cisco and Wharton School Unveil the Learning Experience of the Future 
PHILADELPHIA, PA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 --
  The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Cisco
(NASDAQ: CSCO) today unveiled the learning experience of the future
-- one that blends life-size visual communication via telepresence
with collaboration technologies that significantly enhance the way
faculty, students and alumni interact and learn, no matter how
distant they may be from physical classrooms.  
While educational institutions have been on the cutting-edge of
technology use for years, the Wharton School and Cisco initiative is
taking that to a new level by using life-size, high-definition visual
communications--based on Cisco TelePresence(R) technology -- to
virtually connect classrooms physically separated by thousands of
miles. This single-classroom experience is so immersive that Wharton
has given the two rooms a special classification, informing students
that beginning this spring, bicoastal classes will be held in the
"Cisco Connected Classroom." That means that all students, regardless
of location, will be able to collaborate and participate as if they
are in the same room as one another and their professor. 
Today, Wharton School and Cisco will showcase the capabilities of the
"Cisco Connected Classroom" during on-site demonstrations at
Wharton's San Francisco and Philadelphia campuses. 
One Classroom, Two Coasts, Anywhere Access
 Three thousand miles
separate the students in Wharton's Philadelphia and San Francisco
campuses. However, thanks to the combination of a floor-to-ceiling
screen at the front of one classroom and 80-inch LED monitors on the
side walls of each room, as well as large projection screens in the
rear, students and faculty feel as if they are learning and
interacting in the same physical space. From the viewpoint of the
professor at the lectern, students on the other coast appear to be
seated in rows directly behind the local students; the students in
the remote classroom see the professor projected in life-size high
definition on the floor-to-ceiling screen. 
Wharton will also utilize the Cisco(R) Capture, Transform, Share
(CTS) video platform to enable professors to record lectures and make
t
hose lectures available for replay. This provides access to key
content from any location and at any time, increasing the value and
reach of each lecture and classroom discussion. 
Additionally, Wharton intends to use the technology to: 


 
--  Provide access to some of the world's leading experts -- wherever they
    may be. The solution will enable faculty or world-renowned guest
    experts in Philadelphia to teach and directly interact with students
    in San Francisco and vice versa -- expanding Wharton's community reach
    across the country. This effort can also help the institution reduce
    the need for travel. As Wharton continues to expand educational
    opportunities globally, such as its planned facility in Beijing, the
    system also will enable a single-classroom experience internationally
    and offer classes that would be otherwise unavailable to remote
    students.
    
    
--  Improve the student experience. This collaborative solution also
    integrates Cisco Jabber(TM), Cisco's unified communications
    application, which enables students to join lectures from PCs and
    mobile devices. If, for instance, a student is sick or traveling and
    cannot be in the lecture hall, then Jabber lets them view the class
    and participate in the discussion. Additionally, through Cisco's CTS
    platform, professors can record sessions and make them available to
    students for review at a later time.

  
In addition to connecting Wharton's two campuses and expanding
education globally, Cisco's visual presence solution will help the
school: 


 
--  Engage with alumni;
    
    
--  Support fundraising activities;
    
    
--  Add more depth to executive education by increasing geographic reach.

  
Cisco has a history of developing unique solutions for educational
institutions and a strong corporate commitment to improving the
quality of education. Through the Cisco Networking Academy(TM)
program, the company's 21st Century Schools initiative and numerous
engagements with nongovernmental organizations whose aim is to boost
opportunity through education, Cisco has helped multiply the impact
of technology on millions of students and teachers around the globe. 
Supporting Quotes 
Inder Sidhu, senior vice president, Strategy and Planning, Worldwide
Operations, Cisco
 "The use of video is rapidly transforming
classroom engagement and interactions, while fostering new methods of
collaboration, enriching the in-class experience, and helping better
utilize school resources. Through technical innovations that aid in
enhanced learning and teaching methods, Cisco, together with The
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is excited to
showcase the power and impact technology can have within educational
institutions." 
Tom S. Robertson, dean, Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania
 "We are delighted to partner with Cisco on this project.
This major technological advancement will connect Wharton's campuses
and community in ways never before possible. The Wharton School and
Cisco share a passion for innovation, and with this enhanced learning
tool Wharton extends its role as a knowledge-creation leader."  
Supporting Resources: 


 
--  For more information please visit the Cisco TelePresence and Cisco
    Connected Learning pages
    
    
--  For more information on additional technologies being used, please
    visit Cisco's Capture, Transform, Share and Cisco Jabber
    
    
--  Read the Mobility blog
    
    
--  Follow Cisco Enterprise, Cisco_Mobility, TelePresence, CiscoEDU and
    CiscoHigherEdu on Twitter
    
    
--  For more information about Cisco TelePresence news and activities,
    visit the Video Blog

  
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About the Wharton School
 Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate
business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing
innovation across every major discipline of business education. With
a broad g
lobal community and one of the most published business
school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around
the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA,
and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in
executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 91,000
graduates. 
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