CASE STUDY
Faronics Insight and Oklahoma City University
"We recognized that placing computers into the classroom was a great way to connect students with the outside world, but it did little to connect students with each other or to the instructor."
- Ernesto Chávez, Manager of Instructional Technologies and Media Services
Challenges faced

Oklahoma City University is a coeducational, urban private university located in Oklahoma City. The university has more than 2,100 undergraduate students and 1,700 graduate students. Helping these students reach their academic goals are 550 faculty and staff members, of which 20 are IT personnel. They have a total of 251 public computers spread across 16 computer labs. They recognized that placing computers into the classroom was a great way to connect students with the outside world, but it did little to connect students with each other or to the instructor. There was no way for our instructors to communicate with our students in the classroom other than visiting each computer station.

A Solution That Worked

Oklahoma City University deployed Faronics Insight to overcome these challenges. Faronics Insight is empowering the instructors at Oklahoma City University with the ability to educate, assist, monitor, and communicate with an entire class from one central computer. Instructors no longer need to deal with classroom distractions—such as games, instant messaging, and web surfing—when teaching a class. Insight makes it easy for instructors to monitor student computers, blank student screens, mute audio, remote into their computers, open, close, block applications and web activity on student workstations.

Classroom Collaboration Software Connects Teachers and Students at Oklahoma City University
by David Anderson

Oklahoma City University recognized the the immense benefits in ensuring that their 4,000 students and staff had access to the latest computer technology. But how could these tools which help students connect with the outside world also allow them to connect with each other and their instructors?

Merely placing a computer in front of a student does not necessarily lead to an enhanced and more effective learning environment, so Ernesto Chávez, Manager of Instructional Technologies and Media Services, and his staff started looking for a more effective method. They found their solution was classroom collaboration software, and from previous experience with Faronics and Deep Freeze, they evaluated Faronics Insight.

“Myself and two IT instructors evaluated the software, and we were hooked. We purchased it immediately and deployed it into our computer labs without hesitation.”

Faronics Insight allows instructors to educate, assist, monitor, and communicate with an entire class from one central computer and, as a result, many classroom distractions became a thing of the past.

Insight’s classroom collaboration options are just as powerful as its classroom control features and the software has opened new opportunities for teaching in the classroom and both faculty and students are taking full advantage of it.

“Faronics Insight has made a significant impact to our institution’s education. The software has opened new opportunities for teaching in the classroom and both our faculty and students are taking full advantage of it. All the features are great, but the simplicity of the product is what got me sold.”

 

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Faronics Insight and Oklahoma City University