In higher education, we have left the days of blackboards and chalk far behind. Students today expect a classroom or auditorium to serve up a learning experience using the latest technologies. As a result, state-of-the-art AV technology occupies the center stage in the transformation of today’s higher education institutions.
Go to most universities, and you will see video screens, state-of-the-art projection equipment, interactive whiteboards and of course, amazing sounds systems. These examples only scratch the surface when it comes to the transformative possibilities of AV in the higher education landscape. AV integrations do more than just benefit the students; they provide a range of advantages to colleges and universities as well.
Benefits for the Students
Classrooms with interactive whiteboards, study rooms equipped with collaboration technology, and libraries and auditoriums that contain projection equipment all contribute to students’ learning experience. The incorporation of AV in higher education at this point is a necessity. Students can collaborate and share their work with peers and professors like never before. Students are more likely to feel engaged when using AV integrations.
Auditoriums and large lecture halls equipped with the latest large LCD technology and superior surround sound can reach students on a greater level. Professors can reach more students at once, which is a necessity for general education classes that all students are required to take.
Classrooms that incorporate communication and collaboration are vital to the success of college students since students who are encouraged to actively share and communicate using AV technology retain that information better than those taught without it.
Benefits for the University
“Colleges and universities of all types are competing to attract a generation of students that expects technology-driven experiences and prefers to learn in new ways,” stated David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, InfoComm International Executive Director and CEO in January 2017. “The best integrated audiovisual experiences permeate higher education environments so that anywhere there’s an exchange of information, it happens in the most seamless, engaging way possible.”
According to Labuskes, keynote speaker for the upcoming American Council on Education’s 99th Annual Meeting in March, integrated audiovisual experiences enable immersive learning on today’s college campuses, leading to better outcomes for students, teachers, and higher education administrators. Today’s AV experiences combine systems, space, and content into an environment where connected students thrive.
Higher education is using AV systems to increase collaboration and add flexibility for both students and faculty. To support the AV advances and handle multiple device usage—especially in this bring-your-own- device culture— universities can be expected to continue to upgrade wireless bandwidth capacities to handle the demands of smarter, more connected rooms.
AV in Higher Education is Good for Everyone
There are few markets where AV integration is evolving as fast as it is in higher education. AV technology offers benefits for universities and students alike. Most colleges and universities already have AV integrated into their campuses and learning centers, and those that don’t are heading in the direction of integration. It’s easy to see why—AV integrations are transforming every aspect of higher education.
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