Innovative Classroom Higher education prepares today’s young adults to become contributing members of society. Because of the importance of the learning that occurs at these institutions, advanced technology is often employed in unique ways to help both students and faculty.

In the past several years we have seen the emergence of streaming technology as a way to bring the world into the classroom. Another hot trend has been the “MOOC” also known as the Massive Open Online Classroom. While both of these are undoubtedly innovative, in the education community they have already picked up steam.

In this article we are going to go beyond what is hot, and think about a few innovative ways education institutions can utilize technology. So…If you are looking to learn about some new ways that you can incorporate visual technology at a college or university, here are five innovative ideas to consider.

Multimedia Artwork Displays

Are you looking to turn a classroom or conference room into a virtual art museum? Displaying art is one of the most innovative ways to use AV technology in higher education. Thanks to integration with audio, you can even play music or commentary to help viewers learn about the piece’s meaning, the life of the artist, and the time in which it was created. This information gives viewers a more thorough understanding of the art that they view with AV technology, thereby enhancing their experience.

Collaborative Projects Across Long Distances

Just because students and staff members at a higher education institution are not physically together, there is no reason why they can’t work together on projects that must be completed in a given window of time. However, there are some important considerations when videoconferencing to work on a project. According to an article by Rockland Community College, those who are collaborating on projects through AV solutions should:

  • Be prepared and punctual for the video conference
  • Enunciate clearly and speak slowly so that words can be understood
  • State your name every time you talk, especially in a larger conference

Interactive Digital Signage

Another of the more innovative ways to use AV technology in higher education is to create digital signage that can actually be manipulated by users. These signs might include maps that can be touched or question prompts that can be answered to provide information. These signs will provide a much more efficient form of guidance for people who need to get directions or familiarize themselves with a building.

Classroom Video Walls

Instead of just having one particular screen in a classroom, imagine being able to have a large number of them. Now imagine the ability to do multiple things at once on these screens. You could load a video on one screen, then put lecture notes or background information about the video on a separate screen. You can also use a video wall for one big display if you want to play a video.

As A Replacement For A White Or Chalkboard

For those who enjoy learning or teaching with a board that can be written on, AV solutions offer very similar functionality. The benefit of this unique way to incorporate AV technology into higher education is that you can also pull up images, pictures, and saved presentations to use as you write notes. Incorporating multimedia on a board that you write on can make a lecture or speech much more compelling.

AV technology is changing the way higher education institutions operate, for the better. If you are in search of a solution that will enhance your teaching or the way your learning is delivered, it is important to understand this technology. These innovative ways to use AV technology in higher education are a good starting point for someone just getting into the world of AV in higher education.

Advanced AV prides itself on the many great relationships it has in the Higher Education community. For both traditional and unique applications, our team is always eager to find out how we can help our higher education clients to achieve their goals. So let’s connect and have a conversation

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