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Managing Complexity in a Networked Learning Environment

Summary: Managing Complexity in a
Networked Learning Environment
Jonathan Humfrey, Sami Rollins, Kevin Almeroth Bruce Bimber
Dept of Computer Science Dept of Political Science
University of California University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5110
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: As more universities and research institutions develop digital classrooms, a common
theme is arising: the need to manage complexity. As more technology is added to a classroom in
order to facilitate the presentation, transmission and recording of digital media, the complexity of
the environment increases dramatically. By planning the design and implementation of a digital
classroom with a strong focus on managing complexity from the beginning, it should be possible to
deploy a highly functional classroom environment that employs advanced technology while at the
same time managing the inherent complexity in such a way as to reduce the barriers to use. In this
paper, we will examine how complexity arises within four specific areas: audio engineering, video
production, encoding/decoding, and administration. We then present a list of solutions and
conclude with an overview of what we have learned in the deployment of our own digital
classroom, the Collaborative Technology Laboratory (CTL).


Source: Almeroth, Kevin C. - Department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences