Higher Education: Applying Collaboration to Next-Generation Learning

In order to thrive, businesses must constantly adapt and innovate. That same need applies to higher education as well. Businesses are adopting collaboration solutions to drive greater productivity and engagement of their employees. These same solutions can have tremendous impact in the classroom creating more interactive and immersive learning environments. Top universities in the United States have adopted collaboration solutions built on video wall technology for important reasons:

  • Collaborative Learning. Team-based learning better prepares students for the workplace. Universities are using collaboration technology not only to facilitate team-based learning but to create an environment that looks like a student’s future workplace. Texas Tech’s Department of Petroleum Engineering is a great example. In 2014, it installed a Prysm collaboration video walls that enable lecturers to display multiple input sources simultaneously. Wireless video connections distributed throughout the classroom allow students can share their work on the video wall. After class, students can work in teams on the video wall, create and annotate material, and save their projects for later review. By bringing together multiple media and multiple learning techniques, Texas Tech has created a 21st century classroom environment (read complete article).
  • Positioning: Universities compete for top students. Including large digital collaboration video walls positions them as technology leaders that can attract the best and brightest students. Increasingly, students expect to have access to the solutions at their chosen university that they will use at their jobs when they graduate. Large and immersive video walls are also a great way to showcase a university’s achievements. The many contributions Boston University College of Engineering has made through its scientific projects and research make for a compelling story visualized on its Prysm video wall (click here to watch).

Immersive and engaging collaboration video walls have become a “must-have” item on American university campuses. They’ve also found a home outside the U.S. at institutions like Qatar University. Competition is increasingly global and this applies to universities as well. Creating state-of-the-art learning environments means deploying some of the same solutions that are mission critical for the success of world-class businesses.