Soon-to-open Global Learning Center at ORU uses latest tech to educate students across the world

Jan 1, 2017 by

By Bill Sherman –

In the early years of Oral Roberts University, the round building that adjoins the ORU Mabee Center — popularly called the Baby Mabee — was a production studio for Oral Roberts, a pioneer in using television to bring the Christian message to the world.

That building has now been retrofitted as ORU’s new Global Learning Center, an $8 million complex that uses the latest technology to connect ORU with students around the world in real time.

The center got some use in recent months and will be fully utilized for the spring semester, following a Jan. 11 grand opening.

“We will have online students globally. This is a real student, getting a real degree from ORU, by online and virtual presence,” said ORU President William Wilson, who has spearheaded the school’s global emphasis.

“To be honest, this has the potential to change higher education in ways never, ever done before. We’re thrilled at ORU to be on the cutting edge of this technology,” he said.

All 10 of the classrooms in the center have video cameras connected to the internet so students around the world can watch the lectures live on their desktop or mobile devices. And the professor and students in the classroom in Tulsa can see and hear the global students on video screens in the back of the classroom.

Source: Soon-to-open Global Learning Center at ORU uses latest tech to educate students across the world – Tulsa World: Education

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