In this hybrid model it is assumed that the faculty member wishes to present a traditional lecture from a blackboard or whiteboard. The online students in such a setting will have a view of the in-classroom camera which will be facing the board and teacher.
Pros and Cons:
This hybrid model features the closest thing to an in-class experience. The camera can be situated in the audience, giving the online students the view they would have were they seated in the class at the spot occupied by the camera. This is likely to be overshadowed, however, by the difficulties of this hybrid model. Particular care will have to be taken by the faculty member to ensure that the camera is capturing everything that she writes. The cameras being deployed into the classrooms are HD 1080p, but it must be remembered that they have a limited focal depth and field of view. These limitations can be overcome, but the faculty member needs to be sure that she writes in large enough print, so that online students can properly read what is written, and that she not write on spaces of the board that the camera cannot see. Careful selection of camera placement is paramount. Prior to starting the lecture, best practice demands that the faculty member carefully check the outer bounds of the camera view and mark them off on the board as reminders not to cross out of what is visible to online participants.