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The education sector was already exploring the growth possibilities presented by workspace technology when the global pandemic hit – and the necessity of remotely-accessed classes, lectures and workshops accelerated the uptake of tech such as video conferencing hardware, collaboration solutions, and huge digital displays. This involuntary leap forward has changed decision-makers’ thinking about course delivery and about the physical and digital workspaces on campus, as well as students’ expectations of facilities and location-flexible learning options.

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Key Benefits:

Flexible spaces for multi-modal learning

After educational establishments had to make investments in technology in order to switch to remote learning during lockdowns, it made sense to continue offering multi-modal teaching in response to increased student demand post-pandemic. Offering remote learning options also offered expansion potential without increasing building capacity – a very appealing possibility from a business perspective. With our long experience of providing AV to the educational market, and the breadth of our workspace tech offering, we were well-placed to help and have experienced significant demand for flexible spaces suitable for multi-modal learning in recent years. Many of these projects have required that campus square footage works harder, with each space reimagined to serve multiple functions or different-sized groups as required – which means the integration of the physical and digital has to be even more carefully considered for optimal functionality.

Key Benefits:

Intuitive tech for a focus on learning

In a learning environment, when the length of the session is subject to timetable constraints – and quality of education depends on being able to spend that time teaching effectively – staff shouldn’t be wasting valuable time on tech troubleshooting. Our solutions are designed with ease of use in mind, so that everyone can walk in and start the session with the minimum of fuss, focusing on the topic in hand – even in a flexible, multifunctional space, where different pre-programmed modes can be easily selected to suit the room set-up. For similar reasons, it is also important that technology for lecture halls and teaching rooms is set up to put the member of staff in complete control of the systems, whether in terms of the content that is being shared on screen, or sound levels and camera movements. This ensures that the class stays focused, with the optimal AV content used to enhance their learning.

Key Benefits:

Better participation, discussion and collaboration

When it comes to learning, engagement is key. Traditionally, remote attendees have been harder to engage, often because – not being in the room – their experience of the teaching environment is sub-optimal. Perhaps their sound quality isn’t great and they’re not able to pick up all the discussion. Perhaps they can’t see the resources on the whiteboard clearly. Perhaps, sitting at home in their bedroom, they don’t feel as if the tutor will notice their lack of participation, so they switch off without actually logging out. Our solutions for hybrid teaching help to level the playing field between in-room and remote participants, giving each one an equal presence on screen, with individual cameras and microphones for superlative audio-visual quality. Tutors can monitor non-verbal cues just as if everybody were in the room, content can be shared to individual and whole-room screens, and students may be addressed effectively individually or as a group.

Key Benefits:

Preparation for the world of work

With workspace technology becoming ubiquitous in companies across all sectors, it’s all the more important that education providers of all kinds offer an experience that prepares students for these real-life settings. This even proves a key differentiator when it comes to students choosing where to invest in their education – the fullest preparation for the world of work represents the biggest bang for their tuition fee buck. This is particularly the case in sectors where digital transformation is disrupting norms and advancing new processes and protocols, because next-generation professionals with technology skills are in high demand. For example, a law school might invest in a 21st century courtroom set-up, to enable students to experience a realistic environment, complete with voice transformer in the witness room and a full AV system for recording and livestreaming proceedings.

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