By Dian Schaffhauser 06/24/15
t isn't easy to set up a production learning space on campus for the online learner. Even harder is setting up a classroom that can accommodate the remote learner while also handling presentations for face-to-face students. That was the challenge handed over to Phil Conrad, director of technical operations for the Engineering Professional Education program at Purdue University. The program delivers courses online and in person to working professionals who are pursuing a graduate degree in engineering via distance learning. In Spring 2015 it encompassed nearly three dozen classes and 10 different departments catering to about 610 students.
After serving seven months as interim manager, Conrad was promoted to his leadership position shortly before the offices for his division were to move to a new building. The facility, named Seng Liang Wang Hall, would include three multifunction classrooms loaded with technology to accommodate streaming and recording of lectures for delivery to remote students, Conrad explained during a recent Campus Technology Forum presentation.