New Virtual Classroom Scheduled to Debut at Five Black Colleges in Texas

The five historically black colleges and universities that make up the Texas Association of Developing Colleges will unveil a new virtual classroom this fall. Funded by grants from the state and the AT&T Foundation, students who are studying education at any of the five colleges can take classes that will be linked to the other participating institutions. A digital screen at the front of the classroom can be used by a professor and the image will be seen in the classrooms at all five colleges. A second screen will display up to eight different images that can be generated by students or teachers in any of the classrooms. A speaker system will permit students at any of the institutions to speak in real time to teachers and students at another institution. In some cases, students can even link up to the virtual classroom through the Internet from their personal computers anywhere in the world.

The five HBCUs that make up the Texas Association of Developing Colleges are Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College, Paul Quinn College, Texas College, and Wiley College.