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Date   September 24, 2007
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400 AutoAuditorium Lectures Recorded at the University of Michigan

The AutoAuditorium™ System, at the University of Michigan at Flint (UM Flint) got a lot of use during its first year.  "Over 400 lectures from 19 courses taught by 6 professors were recorded since it was installed", said computer science professor Dr. Michael Farmer. 

The AutoAuditorium System installed in the Murchie Science Building, room 104, is used to record the class lectures as internet programs which are then made available to anyone.  The students use the recordings in many different ways.  Many rewatch lectures or portions of lectures to clarify or reinforce what they saw and heard in class.  Others use the recordings as a replacement for attending class, often to get around scheduling conflicts with other classes or work.  Since most of the students at UM Flint come to the school as commuters and many are employed, the ability to see a missed period helps people to hear all the material, even under demanding time constraints. 

Because the AutoAuditorium System is entirely hands-free recording all the lectures of a course is very easy.  Now those people who must miss lectures, for whatever reason, have the ability to keep up with the class.  Professor Farmer also tells of students struggling with the classroom lectures because of physical handicaps or weak understanding of English.  "One student, unable to take notes in class, reviewed the lectures later to better understand the material.  Another, whose English was very weak when he started the class, watched the lectures with a friend. They would pause the playback, and the friend would translate and explain whatever he was having difficulty understanding. Both students mastered the course material very well."

"Interest in using the AutoAuditorium System to make classes available to remote audiences, whether remote in distance, remote in time, or both, is growing in academic institutions.  The transmission and storage technologies have grown to the point that they are very economical", said Foveal Systems' owner Mike Bianchi. "The AutoAuditorium System, by completely removing the need for an operator, makes the video production also very economical.  The result is that the cost of capturing the next lecture is very small."

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license.

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