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UMass Amherst Installs Digital Kiosk to Display 130 Years of Football History
Umass Amherst installed a touch-screen kiosk to give current students and visitors a taste of the football team’s past. Prior to the kiosk, the university only had printed media guides to give current and prospective students information on the football program. The kiosk enables the school to display 130 years of its football history, including player stats, information on the band, mascot, helmet designs and how game days were conducted. The kiosk was geared towards winning over prospective students, to keep current students engaged with the school’s football program, to impress visitors, and provide alumni a sense of nostalgia during their visits back to campus.

How Colleges Use Gaming Technology to Keep Students Engaged Inside and Outside the Classroom
Gaming technology is a wildfire trend that is keeping current college students engaged and attracting prospects. It encourages student collaboration, interaction and engagement in the classroom, reduces distractions, and can be used as an interactive teaching tool, or as a large-scale solution like a media wall. Gaming hardware can be repurposed with new software to keep content and games fresh and interesting, and may become an educational entity that younger students are accustomed to, especially as they move up to the college level. Mike Broderick of Turning Technologies gives insight on how gaming clickers boost student engagement in the classroom, while Steve Campbell of Case Western Reserve University and game designer Thu Tran discuss the benefits of big gaming installations.

CWRU Reels in Prospective Students with a Three-Story Interactive Video Wall
Case Western Reserve University’s new, three-story video wall is being used to provide students, faculty and staff with campus-based information and news, and establish the school’s identity as an engineering and technology school. The video wall is split into two halves: the bottom tier rotates campus information, from news to activities to professor profiles, while the top tier displays a rotating schedule and features six interactive games. CWRU is one of the only schools to feature interactive gaming via a digital signage on a college campus, and serves as the school’s secret weapon to attracting students.

5 Mistakes Colleges Make With Their Digital Signage Solutions
Digital signage is one of the hottest forms of technology used on college campuses across the country. Colleges use their digital signage solutions to boost their sports culture, provide wayfinding on campus, teach classes, and ultimately attract prospective students. However, digital signage gets tricky and can fail if colleges make major mistakes, including not knowing what style of digital signage to use, creating boring content, investing in a solution that doesn’t fit the space they want to install it in, not being careful with the equipment, and hiring cheap labor to do the job.

When Colleges Need the Technological Touch for Better ADA Compliance
With demands for better ADA compliance strategies growing, colleges sometimes struggle to find ways to support students with disabilities. ADA compliance experts say that colleges should abandon old, “grab-a-human” days and invest in technological solutions for support. Some schools, like Worcester Polytechnic Institute, have ADA compliance strategies embedded in their curriculum, alongside supportive technologies and departmental support systems to thin the gap between students with disabilities and regular students.The experts also offer tips on how to best execute ADA compliance strategies, including talking to students, checking accessibility and anticipating future needs.

Colleges Use Emergency Notification Technologies When Wild Weather Hits
When schools like Buffalo State College get hit with inclement weather, they turn to emergency notification technologies to keep their campuses informed. During inclement weather, most campuses assess how dangerous the travelling conditions are and send out communications via texts, calls and emails to inform colleges about class cancelations. Other schools turn to apps like CrisisManager to push a message out, alongside customized campus instructions on how to react to inclement weather. Campus police officers from Buffalo State College and Northwest Missouri State University offer tips on how to prepare for inclement weather and how to utilize technology to keep campus updated; this includes communicating with surrounding communities, talking to other colleges to share strategies and putting together a good pre-weather plan.

Central Arizona College Invests in Crestron Gear, Mobile Furniture for Collaborative Classrooms
Central Arizona College was charged to craft collaborative rooms for students to bring their own devices while leaving instructors’ teaching undisturbed. The college answered the charge by investing in mobile furniture, Crestron AirMedia and Crestron Fusion RoomView technologies. Now, these classrooms enable students to move around and reconfigure the classroom, support students’ variety of devices, and maintain teaching familiarity and comfort for instructors.

5 Access Control Tips To Keep Your College Campus Safe
Even though card keys might be old-fashioned for access control solutions, they are still a popular security item on today’s college campuses. However, colleges should still consider revamping their access control solutions and strategies. Five key access control tips include: investing in mobile access solutions, electromechanical key systems, relying on a campus card office for assistance, insuring your network and looking to the Cloud for more data storage.

Achieving Audio Success with the Right Location and Equipment

Mildred Elley College Improves Security with ID Security Online’s ID Card System
In order to keep its on-campus security demands on pace with its growing students population, Mildred Elley College turned ID Security Online’s ID card solution. Each student’s card is personalized with his or her name and picture, and is swiped over a reader for entry into the campuses’ academic buildings. ID security system experts recommend to colleges that are looking to implement a similar solution to do their research, pick a helpful vendor, and keep upgrading.

5 Tips to Keeping Your College’s BYOD Control in Check
BYOD is a common expectation of today’s college students. But what happens when students abuse it, or when a professor or administrator loses control of what students do on the network? Xirrus's Bruce Miller says that this is a common struggle in today's higher education institutions, and that colleges should consider keeping network access under control. Five major ways colleges can keep their BYOD access in check is by covering use cases, deciding how much control a class needs, bringing in a third party, getting granular with control and upping the in-class engagement.

UMass Lowell Making Learning Leaps with Lecture Capture Initiative
When students started struggling in an enhanced calculus class back in 2005, Randy Tyndall and his team wanted to install a solution to help. Their solution of choice was a lecture capture system by Echo360, which enabled professors to capture lectures and computer demonstrations on a single screen for students to view after class. Lecture capture has also upped active learning among students, encouraged flipping the classroom, deepened distance learning, increased student retention rates and made it easier for professors to archive their lectures.

Edinboro University Partners with Stanley Security to Deliver Top-Notch ADA Compliance
This Pennsylvania Institution of higher education partnered with its long-time integrator to provide greater accessibility and independence to students with disabilities.

Coastal Bend College “REVELs” In Learning Success with Pearson
With digital learning on the rise, Costal Bend College invested in REVEL, an immersive learning, online-based platform for students to supplement their classroom learning. Professors like Karl Clarkare using REVEL to assign videos and reading assignments to students, and have direct, digital communication with students if they are struggling with a certain topic. Students can use REVEL to complete additional assignments, and to check their understanding of course material with quizzes and simulations. REVEL is purchased on a per-class basis.

13 Best Higher Education Products of 2014
A slide show of 2014's best products in higher education.