Extending Campus Borders

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Setting up web cameras at key campus locations to stream campus life and highlight important activities extends access to campus for distant students and alums.  While this is not a “must have” with respect to a students academic accomplishments, it is a way to build and maintain community for those who live off campus.  By adding webcameras, commuter and distant students can participate (albiet virtually) key school events like convocation and commencement as well as more mundane activities of campus life.  As an exemplar, Boston College offers views of the Boston Skyline, its main quad, the dining hall, a plaza where students congregate, and three of its primary buildings (Higgins, Stokes, St Mary’s).  Obviously, if you decide to do something like this, it should not occur until testing if the school’s infrastructure is robust to support it.

Other schools with webcams include: