Even though it’s the closest college to Silicon Valley, San Jose State University has been left behind in online education. However a major new tech initiative hopes to change that. The college has partnered with Cisco and Nexus for a five-year, $28 million upgrade to its technical infrastructure.
To fund the initiative the school is planning to auction off a portion of its educational broadband service spectrum. According to a written statement from the school, the sale will allow San Jose State to expand the amount of online content offered by the college.
In order to facilitate the creation of more online courses, the college is developing 51 of, what it calls, “next generation learning spaces.” The classroom/video studios will have high-definition recording capability and will be able to index and transcribe lectures for students pursuing their college degree online. Planned upgrades to San Jose State’s data transmission and video conferencing capabilities will allow professors to hybridize their classes and seamlessly deliver courses online.
Along with the increased technological capacity, administrators are encouraging the usage of new teaching techniques, such as game based learning and flipped classrooms. To gauge student success, the college will be adopting a learning management system that uses a combination of analytical and assessment tools to determine a student’s proficiency.
San Jose State is also in the process of negotiating with massive open, online course provider edX about offering some of its classes to a global audience.