Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) bases its educational philosophy, standards and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. A teaching-centered research university, AUB has around 800 instructional faculty and a student body of around 8,000 students. The University includes six faculties.

AUB’s Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture has been using Netop Vision Pro classroom management software since academic year 2013.

“We have chosen to offer professors an option that helps facilitate teaching with technology in computer labs,” said Vassili Valerik, IT Manager at Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Vision is installed on 110 total devices that are used in three computer labs.

Asset 1@3x-1“We now use desktop PCs to teach licensed applications, such as CAD and GIS,” said Wissam Nahas, eLearning Manager, American University of Beirut. He leads a team responsible for managing and promoting the eLearning applications at the University. “With Vision we now offer more personalized instruction by providing a desktop PC for each student.”

Vision helped in solving many challenges, he said. AUB lecturers are now able to set up web filters and restrictions for applications during exams. Furthermore, they have complete control of student PCs during lecture hours.

According to Wissam Nahas, AUB seeks excellence in education. “Vision is contributing to the quality of instruction and minimizing attempts to cheat during exams,” said Nahas.

 

Educational Benefits

Netop Vision helps AUB lecturers keep students focused and save time on logistics so they can focus more on questions and content. There is no need to go to each computer separately, as questions can be answered and challenges resolved directly from the instructor PC. This helps to enhance learning and save time.

 

Showcase student computers from the instructor PC

“As a teacher of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting, Vision has proven to be an indispensable tool for teaching,” said Ramsey Hamade, Professor at Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. “During the lecture or lab sessions, I often toggle between student exercises and my own demonstrations where I take control of the student devices to show my presentation in real time. After the presentation, students will then regain access to their work. Another feature that I especially like is monitoring students’ progress while they are doing their exercises; I can give them custom tips and instructions based on their own work.”

Sara I. Khaddaj, Instructor and Manager of ECE laboratories at Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, used Vision in multiple laboratory courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She said there were multiple features that enhanced her teaching and class management:

“Turning on/off the student PCs remotely in one click, launching software to all computers, and synchronizing student activity saves me time. Plus, I no longer need to worry about students logging in and out individually when there are back to back sessions in the same room enhancing time and space utilization.”

 

Block distractions so students can focus on the instructor's presentation

“The nature of my labs is interactive. When students work independently on laboratory measurements, I can analyze their results live and give them corresponding hints while they are working. Besides, before using Vision, it was nearly impossible to have students leave their work, stop using their PCs, and focus on the instructor screen for tips or explanations. Using the Demo feature, students lose control over their machines and they are nicely forced to listen to the instructor presentation and notes.” Sara I. Khaddaj said.

“Filtering URLs made my class and exams a secure environment where students cannot access websites, except those I enable. This eliminates distractions like social media or email.” According to Wissam Nahas the possibility of public chatting during lecture hours has occurred as an unexpected benefit when using Netop Vision.

 


 

What further economic benefits did AUB get from Netop Vision?

  • Quality is better since applications are clearer for students
  • Reducing IT support hours
  • Handling large enrolment classes by using additional Desktops PCs
  • Productivity and efficiency by finishing classes on time

 

Summary – Key benefits for AUB lecturers

Class Wide Remote Login - Log into all computers with one click from the teacher’s computer
Start Application - Save time by opening applications on every student computer simultaneously
Demo - Give every student a front-row seat by presenting lessons directly on student computers
Filter WebEasily create lists of teacher-approved websites or blocked sites right from the browser to guide student Internet use
Live ViewZoom in on any student screen in real time via a high quality larger window for a closer view 

 


 

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