On the first day of class, some students sat down to watch their professor via an online video connection. In this Interactive Video Based Course (IVBC), students more or less Skype with their professors, as opposed to seeing them in person. Keeping up with the digital era, UTSA now uses these virtual teaching classrooms when resources, such as time or room scheduling, become scarce.
UTSA offers approximately 38 IVBCs a semester between the downtown and main campuses and 3-5 courses in conjunction with other universities.
According to the UTSA website, these courses use technology to complement academic programs while integrating state-of-the-art advancements in interactive classroom technology. Classes, including accounting, political science and biology, make use of these new technology.
“It’s just as effective as a traditional classroom. The classroom lesson is still the same, and the only thing that would hinder it is if the computers went down,” freshman biology major Bianca Macintosh said in an Introduction to American Politics IVBC class.
While some students are satisfied watching their professor over a video connection, many feel cheated by the lack of personal interaction with their professor.
Brantë Zbranek, a freshman enrolled in an IVBC, feels “disconnected from a lack of one-on-one