Distance Learning Solutions from Atlona
Since educational institutions are currently unable to meet with students directly, they are interested in solutions for providing instruction to students who are off-campus or at home. The desire is to replicate the in-person teaching experience as much as possible. The challenge is compounded by the fact that many instructors are also prevented from being on campus and must deliver course material from home.
There is a quickly emerging necessity in educational institutions for instruction to be provided to students off-campus and at home. The desire is to replicate the in-person teaching experience as much as possible. The challenge is even more acute if the instructor needs to work from home.
A key for any system solution would be to capture the instructor next to the screen, as in a normal class session. The system also should be adaptable to a range of functional requirements.
Atlona offers the OME-MS42-KIT and HDVS-CAM camera. This combination provides essential AV and USB device interfacing for the camera, a display, and the instructor’s laptop running Zoom or other video conferencing platform, plus USB extension to place the camera sufficiently away from the instructor.
If acquired for the instructor’s home, the system can later be installed permanently in a classroom with a document camera, audio system, and a PC or appliance for lecture capture.
This design provides a high-quality distance learning presentation environment for instructors forced to teach from home. However, it’s use is not limited to this application. As instructors return to the classroom, there is a high probability that class sizes will be limited, with distance learning and lecture capture still required. The core components of the system can be transferred to the classroom, and when combined with additional inputs as well as swapping the display for a projector, it becomes a complete classroom presentation and distance learning solution.
Distance learning delivered from instructor’s home office
The OME-MS42-KIT serves as the basis for a temporary home office installation, allowing the instructor to connect into a television along with the HDVS-CAM and laptop. A standard Category network cable links the switcher and receiver, allowing the camera to be situated at a sufficient distance to properly capture the instructor and screen when delivering a class lecture.
Distance learning delivered from classroom
In a classroom, the OME-MS42 switcher is installed at the instructor’s desk or lectern, while the receiver is placed at the projector. Compared to a conventional webcam, the HDVS-CAM delivers professional-quality video and includes motorized pan, tilt, and zoom controls that can be precisely set for proper framing of the instructor.
The OME-MS42-KIT and HDVS-CAM make this classroom system fully ready for distance learning instruction whenever necessary.
The Atlona AT-OME-MS42 is a 4×2 matrix switcher with HDMI, USB-C, and DisplayPort inputs. It also features USB interfacing for distance learning applications with Zoom or Microsoft® Teams®. The OME-MS42 is designed for effortless, automated system operation without the need to press buttons or work with a remote control.
The Atlona AT-OME-EX-RX receives video and USB from the OME-MS42 over HDBaseT. All that’s required is a standard network cable to link between the two devices. The OME-EX-RX can conveniently be powered by the matrix switcher over this connection.
The Atlona AT-OME-MS42-KIT bundles together the AT-OME-MS42 matrix switcher and AT-OME-EX-RX receiver.
The Atlona AT-HDVS-CAM is a PTZ camera designed to deliver professional-quality HD imaging for distance learning and capturing instructional sessions. The HDVS-CAM includes controls for pan, tilt, and zoom using the handheld remote control, or within Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other online video platform.