This one should not be rocket science, but for some reason it still is.
How many of us come into a classroom having to teach or do a presentation and either the technology doesn't quite work or the user experience is not as smooth as it needs to be? Fill in the blanks.
I have seen plenty of best practices on the high-end, with organizations spending tons of money on technology and people. But until recently I hadn't come across an affordable and scalable approach that makes sense for the rest of us.
University of Minnesota has figured this out. As a starting point, they proposed the following set of challenges in designing their classroom technology environment
- provide advanced data-projection capability
- outfit 300+ classrooms
- provide easy-to-use systems
- reduce maintenance costs
- increase up-time
Their approach is described by James Gregory in an article in Campus Technology and a presentation given at at the CUMREC conference. In a nutshell, they created an easy-to-use interface, off-the-shelf standard components, and remote management and monitoring of all devices. They seem to have hit the target with all their goals. Bravo.