We needed a sound booth for our instructors to record voice-over PowerPoint lectures in order to take many of our face-to-face classes into a hybrid format. This means that up to 50% of the class meetings could be done at home by the learners at their own pace. We set a lofty goal of turning ten courses into hybrids by August. This was going to be a Herculean effort, and the WhisperRoom was going to play a huge role.
CPE is located in the shell of an old mall, and our sound booth was going to be installed in a small room on a busy, back corridor. So, we needed good, solid sound abatement. The MDL 7296 S fit all the requirements for size and abatement, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our purchase.
The modular room arrived mid-February, and we were able to install it quickly so that we could get up and running.
We were able to have two recording sessions with instructors, and then the world changed. In mid-March, Covid-19 caused us to shut down operations for two weeks.
Starting back up was going to be difficult, since our instructors are not able to operate the sound booth on their own. So, we needed a technician to assist them. And with the confined space in a sound booth, we were sure that the lack of ability to practice social distancing during these recording sessions would cause our hybrid project to stall.
Thankfully, our Associate Director of Instructional Design, Dale Suffridge, realized that he could use his MacBook laptop outside the booth to wirelessly control the iMac that was inside the booth. That way, Dale and the instructor could be separated and safe!
The recording sessions restarted at the beginning of April. And by the end of June, over 550 individual, mini-lectures (ranging from 3-10 minutes each) had been recorded! So, in just a few months, CPE was able to meet their goal of completing 10 hybrid courses, using over 550 mini-lectures recorded in the WhisperRoom sound booth, ALL during a worldwide pandemic!!
Thank you, WhisperRoom for a great product, great service, and having great people. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
– Dale Suffridge
Associate Director of Instructional Design
Kennesaw State University
College of Professional Education