UW-L phasing out VCRs

An area university is seeing fewer VCRs in its classrooms.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area university is seeing fewer VCRs in its classrooms.

VCRs are being taken out of classrooms at UW-L that are ready for digital upgrades.

UWLl director of academic technologies Jim Jorstad said the university decided something needed to be done after Centennial Hall was built in 2011.

That was the first building on campus to get all digital technology for media.

Classrooms are being equipped with DVD players, Blu-Ray players and using streaming and YouTube.

UW-L also has a server that allows students to watch videos anytime and anywhere..

VCRs that break are also being replaced with digital technology.

“It’s not cost effective. We can’t get parts any longer, and we just have to prepare our campus for the digital future or the present you could almost say,” said Jorstad.

This year, UW-L has transferred almost 400 VHS tapes to a digital format.

UW-L is working with the UW System Legal to come up with a policy about what the university can and can’t copy.

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