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Northwest Missouri State University

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Curt Richardson

Dr. Curt Richardson, Assistant Professor
Humanities & Social Sciences Department
Guest Lecturer for Russian History via Web Conferencing

During the fall 2013 semester, Dr. Mark Steinberg, Professor in the History Department at the University of Illinois—Urbana- Champaign campus spoke with students in Dr. Curt Richardson’s History of Russia to 1914 class at Northwest Missouri State University—virtually. Using ClassLive Pro, a web conferencing software, Dr. Steinberg became a guest lecturer in Dr. Richardson’s class for the day without leaving his campus. Dr. Steinberg logged into a guest account for the eCompanion course site provide by Northwest’s CITE Office and used the ClassLive Pro system which is powered by Blackboard Collaborate to see and hear the students in Dr. Richardson’s Russian History course via his computer. Dr. Richardson projected his computer onto the screen at the front of his classroom and a microphone was set up for students to ask questions of Dr. Steinberg. He lectured using PowerPoint slides for about 25-30 minutes during class and then left the remaining time for students to ask specific questions about the content that had been presented. During the presentation, students were able to see Dr. Steinberg in the audio/video panel of the software along with the PowerPoint in the content area panel. Students can view the presentation again at a later date by clicking on the archived date of the presentation.

Dr. Richardson had met Dr. Steinberg during a Summer Research Lab on Slavic Studies at the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Steinberg is one of the world’s leading Russian historians, having published numerous articles, book chapters, and books. He has written a book on this era of the fin-de-siècle or turn of the century period in Russian history. Thus, he provides profound insight into the era and opens new windows for our students to have a deeper, more nuanced comprehension of Russian history. Dr. Richardson is a believer in the idea that the more voices students hear about any topic, the better informed they are in addition to giving them opportunities to meet with one of the leading scholars in the field. It also opens doors for Northwest students to make important contacts for those who want to pursue a career related to Russian and Eurasian studies.

ClassLive Pro provides the functionality needed to support a 21st century teaching and learning environment, including two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording. Presenters and participants can engage as if they were in a traditional classroom environment. It will help open up all-new aspects of real time, or anytime, learning to engage more students and improve outcomes.

Dr. Richardson is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department. If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Richardson teaches using a web conferencing tool in his classroom, contact him at or x-1614 or the CITE Office at and x-1532.