Technology is changing the way we learn and the AV trends of today are constantly shifting to accommodate for the latest and greatest advancements. College campuses need to continue to keep up with these trends to compete, technologically savvy students expect more, and instructors are driven to find easier and more effective ways to teach. Here are four of those trends that are top on the list for college campuses everywhere.
- AV over IP
With the ability to deliver exceptional quality audio and visual across the network, to work with existing systems while allowing scalability and the relatively low cost of installation and updating to AV over IP, the benefits make sense in today’s educational landscape. Delivering content everywhere on campus and adding new laptop connections or more displays are a common occurrence and AV over IP offers a good solution.
Projectors have been a part of the classroom experience dating back to the 1800’s, but todays are keeping pace with the needs of the modern classroom. New, brighter laser and LED projectors allow for much brighter, larger and clearer images meaning students all the way in the back of the room can see content clearly as compared to the dull and blurry projector images of years past. Today’s projectors can also display an instructor’s own content by inserting a USB or connecting their laptop.
The ability for students from other countries to interact with a class or multiple teachers from different campuses that join together to teach classes are among the scenarios that play out in todays higher education classroom. Oftentimes these collaborative circumstances are enabled by online software such as WebX, Skype Meetings or Zoom. In order to facilitate the use of these, IT must ensure that classrooms have the setup needed to allow students to see and hear other users clearly whether via an interactive board or large display that provides streaming content seamlessly.
- Interactive boards
Displays such as SMART Boards are already seen on campuses today where the traditional white board can also now also display content from the Internet including video and images. A lesson can be saved to return to in the future for reference or continue where an instructor left off in the last class. In addition, products such as Google’s Jamboard have integrated the ability to collaborate with users in another building, city or country.