What Is Compressed Interactive Video (CIV)?

Compressed Interactive Video (or CIV) is a communications medium that allows for real-time video and audio interaction between individuals in different physical locations. A CIV session is referred to as a videoconference. Videoconferences can be between individuals via personal computers (using Skype, for example), or they can use special systems that are designed to allow one or more entire classrooms to participate. Some CIV courses also use learning management systems, such as Blackboard Learning System, to facilitate communication, distribution, and submission of class work, assessments, and other activities.
Frequently, a videoconference class will include students at the place of origin, where the instructor is located, as well as from the other sites. UA Fort Smith conducts both degree-specific classes and concurrent credit classes via classroom videoconference systems.
A compressed interactive video system reduces the size of standard video so that it can be quickly sent via communications lines. This process causes minor audio delay and video quality changes. Instructors should consider these factors when they plan their classes.

CIV Facilities at UAFS

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has three videoconference classrooms on campus.
  • Baldor Room 110
  • Baldor Room 247
  • Business and Industry Room 113
Note: Even though computers can be used in these labs, none of them are equipped with desk top computers for students. Baldor Room 110 is equipped with laptop computers.
In addition, there are three other videoconference units on campus: two specialized desktop systems and a conference room system in the Student Center.
Classroom units all include access to a computer for presentations and Web demonstrations, a document stand camera (or ELMO) for presenting items and board notes in the classroom, a DVD/VCR for playback and recording, and controls for the room CIV unit. Current plans call for all classroom videoconference rooms to use Crestron control systems to run all systems in the room.

CIV Courses and Distance Learning Locations

UAFS offers concurrent credit courses to several high schools, via videoconferencing, based on enrollment.
Examples of concurrent credit courses offered to these school districts include:
  • College Algebra
  • English Composition I and II
  • General Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Probability and Statistics
CIV courses for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree are offered to selected Arkansas Community Colleges.
UAFS and UA Fayetteville also collaborate through CIV and distance learning in offering the UA Fayetteville Electrical and Mechanical Engineering degrees.


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