Furman has announced a new online platform to enable its student, faculty and staff to connect online through the use of video conferencing.
The new service, called FurmanUniversity.com, will enable students, professors, and administrators to exchange knowledge through a virtual conference room and an online chat platform.
It is being launched as a pilot project for Furman’s new online learning platform.
“We want to be a place where people from all walks of life can learn together and interact in an open, inclusive environment,” said John J. Murphy, Furman president.
The platform will be available to all Furman students and faculty who have been enrolled in online classes and who have access to a personal computer.
The service will be fully available by the end of the spring semester, said Murphy.
“With the launch of Furman university, we hope to create an inclusive and open learning environment for everyone,” said Murphy, who noted that it will also be the first time a university has launched a new educational service online.
“Furman university is an opportunity for Furmen students and our faculty to create a new kind of learning experience that will be unique to them.”
Murphy said Furman also intends to continue its efforts to expand its online presence and support its local campus.
“As we expand into more areas, we will continue to make sure we are creating the best learning environment to serve our communities,” he said.
“I want to thank our students, alumni and faculty for their dedication to their university and their passion for their profession.”
Furman said it expects to receive $30 million from the federal government for the new platform.
Furman was one of the first U. S. universities to announce its intention to expand online learning and has already started using the service for its undergraduate and graduate programs.
Furmans students are now also able to access the platform to take advantage of the Furman network.
The online service will initially be available on Furman.com and will be added to the Furmmans main website as a paid service.
It will be accessible through the Furmans official website, where students can sign up to receive updates from their Furman professor.
Students will also have the ability to subscribe to receive a personalized email notification when a new class is scheduled to begin or to receive an update when new classes are added to Furman campus.
The Furman community will also receive a virtual classroom on Furmman.edu, and students will be able to connect to other Furmans students by joining the Furmen online community.
The virtual classroom will be shared across the Furmer network, allowing students to discuss and interact with their classmates and teachers.
Students can also use the Furmeans online community to get to know each other and connect with other Furman alumni and colleagues.