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Global Crossroads re-opens with latest technology

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Global Crossroads Laboratory can’t reduce distances to faraway places, but it makes engaging the world a lot easier.

A ceremony marking the re-opening of the facility, in Room 2132 in the Education/Social Work building, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The ceremony will feature a light reception at 4 p.m. and remarks at 5 p.m. by Amy Warner, vice chancellor for external affairs, and others integral in the renovation of the facility. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Crossroads is a collaborative partnership funded by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs, University Information Technology Services and a $25,000 Learning Environment Grant from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. The facility contributed to IUPUI becoming a recognized leader in comprehensive campus internationalization.

Global Crossroads re-opens with the latest high-definition video conferencing technology, using sensitive microphones suspended from the ceiling and EagleEye Director for voice and facial recognition to personalize live classes and meetings. The technology determines who is talking and switches from a camera classroom view to focus on the individual who is speaking. The classroom view returns when the individual stops speaking.

The interactive video and audio equipment for face-to-face distance communications is designed to support international learning, dialogue and partnership.

Global Crossroads is available for incorporating interactive video into courses on a semester-long or case-by-case basis. To learn more about making international connections for classes or course development ideas, contact Dawn Michele Whitehead, director of curriculum internationalization, at dmwhiteh@iupui.edu. For more information on upcoming training sessions on use of the facility or to reserve the room, email oiaevent@iupui.edu.