Closing the Distance six red lake nation college students use a teleconferencing network to join a criminal justice class taught at Bemidji State University

As part of a pilot program this spring, six Red Lake Nation College students are using teleconferencing technology to join a Criminal Justice and Society course taught by Dr. Elizabeth Hagensen, assistant professor of criminal justice at BSU.

The course meets twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hagensen has been teaching the Tuesday session from Bemidji, then traveling and teaching the Thursday session from the Red Lake campus, located about 35 miles north of Bemidji.

Hagensen has been making small changes to her usual style for teaching the course in a single classroom at BSU, adapting to the realities of teleconferenced coursework – from where to stand so she can be seen and understood by students on both campuses, to how to structure her own presentation and guide classroom conversations to account for the classes being recorded for future viewing.

“The experience is the same other than the TV,” said Red Lake student Leah Kingbird. “I think there should be more of it. It’s a great opportunity.”

Red Lake Nation College students Leah Kingbird, Tori Kingbird, Jeremy Smith, Rhianna Cloud, Mynor Aguilar, and Nicole Desjarlait.

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