Higher education is going hi-tech with improved technology in Northern Maine Community College’s interactive classroom.

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The updates were made in an effort to provide enhanced accessibility for NMCC’s distance education students.

“The fully integrated system includes a touch screen computer in the front of the classroom, the smartboard and document camera, which allows students at remote locations to see everything in real time,” said Barry Ingraham, Dean of Technology and Facilities. “The technology can be reversed so that the instructors at those remote locations can also teach our students here on the Presque Isle campus.”

The classroom now houses a Promethean Smartboard, new Cisco Systems videoconferencing equipment, with higher quality cameras, better conferencing capabilities, high quality audio and more sophisticated tracking of faculty members as they walk and talk throughout the room.

Currently, the room is primarily being used by the Nursing department to train students at remote locations at Houlton Regional Hospital and Calais Regional Hospital.

“We are now able to be more interactive with our presentations,” said Mary Cornelio, RN, MSN, Department Chair of Nursing and Allied Health. “With the new technology, our students in Houlton and Calais can immediately send us something to present. They can also access the smartboard from their smartphones to access their presentations and show them on the smartboard immediately.”

NMCC’s renewed partnerships with Houlton and Calais hospitals has allowed students the ability to have reduced travel expenses and in turn, less debt stress associated with their education. The technology improvements of the interactive and remote classrooms allow this model to be a success.

If you would like to know more about obtaining a Nursing degree from NMCC or about the dozens of other career paths available, visit nmcc.edu.

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