The real time video lesson will soon be in your hands, but there are some big challenges ahead for those who want to make it happen.
The US National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science Education Grant program announced it has awarded a $5 million grant to the University of Michigan to provide students with access to interactive multimedia content.
The grant will be used to enable students to learn the basics of interactive multimedia and create videos in a computer-controlled classroom.
“We’re looking at teaching them how to create a video that’s really engaging, that’s engaging to watch, that actually shows what they are doing,” NSF Assistant Director of Education for the Office of Educational Technology, Daniela Zuk, said.
The university will work with the Michigan Learning Technologies Corporation (MLT) to create and deliver this new technology.
The new technology will enable the creation of interactive video lessons in a classroom setting.
Students will use a smartphone app, such as the iOS and Android apps that are already available, and create a 3D video by pressing the “play” button on the app.
They can then view this video on a monitor at home.
The program also will support an “open source” platform that will be able to provide the platform to others, such a university, for free.
It is unclear what exactly this platform will look like, but Zuk said the university is exploring a range of possibilities.
“It’s really exciting, it’s exciting that we’re getting the opportunity to work with an institution that is going to really make a difference in the future,” she said.
“I’m hopeful that our team can get this project off the ground and get this done.”
The university said it plans to make a final decision about the funding before the end of the year.