Coastal Bend College Case Study - Lifesize
Updated: May 9, 2019
Coastal Bend College (CBC), originally named Bee County Junior College in 1967, was founded with a mission to give students in rural parts of Texas access to a life-changing college education.
We spoke with Coastal Bend College IT Director and CIT Instructor Amador Ramirez to learn more about the institution’s vision for a video-enabled campus and why they chose Lifesize to solve their video conferencing and distance learning needs.
As an institution focused on extending learning opportunities to students in rural areas of Texas, the need for a robust solution to virtually connect students to teachers was crucial. Convincing the students was the easy part — access to video conferencing meant they could attend classes from the comfort of their own homes and also choose from a larger pool of available courses. Ramirez’s main challenges were in convincing the education board to fund the program, while also assuring his fellow faculty members that video would not only support their curricula but enhance them. For Coastal Bend College, video conferencing was the way of the future.
Ramirez was introduced to Lifesize during a demo at a nearby college campus. He admits that he was hesitant at first because he thought Lifesize was only for conference rooms and meeting spaces since it wasn’t solely positioned as a virtual instructor-led training solution. After going through the demo, it became clear to Ramirez that Lifesize was what Coastal Bend needed — an easily deployable solution that anyone could learn and become an expert in, with superior video and audio quality for a seamless distance learning experience.
With a high-quality video conferencing solution like Lifesize, scheduling, attending and teaching classes has never been easier. In fact, Ramirez and faculty (and even board members!) are such advocates of Lifesize that they’ve coined “Lifesize-ing” as a verb and buzzword across their campuses. Ramirez and his faculty now average about 270 calls a month, with their most-used feature being the recording and sharing capability that allows them to host and share recordings for on-demand viewing.
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