NM Tech Distance Education Program Implements New Software, July 15, 2005

Distance Ed is a breeze

by Shawna Carter

Right: A satisfied Distance Ed customer

SOCORRO, N.M., July 15 — The New Mexico Tech Distance Education program recently purchased and implemented a new software program called “Breeze,” which makes communications between instructors and students, well, a breeze.

Breeze is a powerful, web-based communications software product produced by Macromedia. The software allows users to communicate using the latest in web conferencing technology.

New Mexico Tech's Distance Education program will use Breeze to produce virtual classrooms for most of the courses that the research university offers through Distance Education.

By using this program, instructors can lecture using a live video and audio feed while sharing and interacting with lecture notes, slides, computer applications, and more.

Students enrolled in Tech's distance education classes will be able to communicate with the instructor and with other distance education students using video (via an inexpensive webcam), audio, and text chat.

Students taking these high-tech distance education courses will be able to access Breeze through New Mexico Tech’s server by simply accessing a website and navigating to their virtual classroom.

Distance Education administrators hope this software will help shorten the communication gap between off-campus students and instructors. The shorter communication gap will enrich the virtual classroom experience and help make the Distance Education program at New Mexico Tech stronger.