WPI Solves Note-Taking, Closed Captioning Concerns with Echo360’s Lecture Capture System
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) takes ADA compliance seriously. But, with note-taking and closed captioning services becoming burdensome and costly, the school invested in other assistive technologies to help its students. The investment included a lecture capture system by Echo360, which supports closed captioning, live broadcasting, the option to upload transcriptions, audio description, and live streaming for students to utilize their own devices. WPI administrators and lecture capture experts offer advice for other colleges looking to improve students’ experience with assistive technologies, including investing wisely, tightening on-campus partnerships and involving students with decision-making.
How Colleges Keep Campuses Safe with Mass Notification Strategies
Colleges are using all kinds of mass notification strategies to protect their campuses. Some schools, like West Virginia University, use digital signage solutions that alert its campuses when a threat is present. Others, like Providence College, prefer to use apps and BYOD policies to warn students about an emergency. Regardless of which solution a school goes with, experts say that investing in mass notification solutions is a smart move, a requirement to successfully run a campus and an easy way to get an emergency message out to students.
University of Leeds Installs the Largest Lecture Capture Solution in Europe to Meet Multimedia Needs
The University of Leeds opted for a single, massive lecture capture solution to meet its multimedia and lecture capture needs. This install became the largest in Europe, as Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite recorders were installed in over 250 of the university’s learning spaces. This lecture capture solution enabled the University of Leeds to institute a new lecture capture policy, enabled students to watch recorded lectures on campus devices or on their own devices, allowed professors to track how many times and how long a student viewed a recorded lecture, enabled the university to record 15,000 hours of content, provided the school opportunities to publish recorded content on internal and external video sites and sparked ideas for future tech projects.
St. Xavier University Installs Mosaic Video Wall to Supplement Student Learning
In order to boost interaction and engagement with students, St. Xavier University invested in a mosaic-shaped video wall. The university opted for this solution because it wanted something that displayed its dedication to student learning and artwork, while also drawing in the curiosity of campus wanderers and visitors. Since installing it, the video wall has inspired SXU to integrate design classes for students to craft content for this type of solution, and has become a key focal point that captures the attention of students and the community alike.
7 Ways To Display Digital Signage on Campus
In higher education, digital signage has become more of a necessity that a luxury. By investing in digital signage, colleges are able to create their own content, personalize the campus experience to visitors, create a brand, establish a presence, stand out among the competition, and attract prospective students to enroll. Colleges can accomplish these things by installing one or more of the infinite forms of digital signage, which include video walls, video boards, video board ribbons, kiosks and 4K displays.
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.