‘The learning experience of the future’

Big, huge video screens.

That’s the future of bicoastal business education, according to the folks at Penn’s Wharton School.

This just hit my inbox:

While educational institutions have been on the cutting-edge of technology use for years, the Wharton School and Cisco initiative is taking that to a new level by using life-size, high-definition visual communications—based on Cisco TelePresence® technology — to virtually connect classrooms physically separated by thousands of miles. This single-classroom experience is so immersive that Wharton has given the two rooms a special classification, informing students that beginning this spring, bicoastal classes will be held in the “Cisco Connected Classroom.”

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It’s no CNN hologram, but it’s close.

Wharton will use the technology to connect its Philadelphia home base to its San Francisco satellite campus.

Here’s a slideshow via Wharton’s Flickr page: 

We’ll have more on this later. Feel free to leave questions in the comments. I’ll ask them if they’re not too snarky.

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