Each environment has unique challenges that require specialized solutions. This week in our AVI-SPL Connects the Community series, Tracie Bryant, our vice president of sales for State and Local Government and Education, discusses trends and challenges in classroom and campus environments.
Higher Education environments are evolving to support collaborative and personalized learning through technology. In the past, classrooms were designed for an instructor-led one-to-many lecture format. Now classroom design is focused on fostering collaboration among small groups to promote active learning. Multiple displays in the classroom enable students to post content from round tables situated around the room where each individual is able to plug in their tablet or laptop through ports built into the tables. Technology allows teachers to be mobile, moving from table to table with their own tablet to advise students and facilitate collaboration.
After class, cloud-based learning management software allows cooperative projects to be worked on outside the classroom and then be presented during the next class. Research is conducted by students collaborating via video conferencing and chat, so infrastructure has to support mobility and multiple consumer devices.
Integrating these new collaboration tools comes with some obstacles. Major roadblocks include budget cuts and outdated policy. Fortunately, our education team can design solutions that address these concerns.
Shrinking technology budgets don’t necessarily require downsizing your collaboration goals. By integrating BYOD solutions, up-front costs for technology can be significantly reduced. Additionally, grants are available to fund technology programs in higher education. Understanding what our clients need to accomplish helps our team identify grants that supplement schools’ existing budgets or assist them with the development of programs they intend to launch. Rather than limiting them to one funding source, we’ll create a strategic grants roadmap involving multiple sources and extending throughout the phases of implementation of their technology plan. The manufacturers we work with will provide grants consulting and application services at no charge to our customers.
Higher Education leaders often update school policies once they are aware of the positive impact that these collaborative technologies can have on learning. Our team can share examples of education case stories from similar clients to help you reach your goals.
Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.
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