Following the global economic crisis, many institutions are still feeling the funding pinch and, for a number of well-documented reasons, are being forced to provide new classrooms and upgrade existing ones with smaller budgets than ever before. Even though budgets may have declined, the expectations of administration, faculty and students have risen exponentially – expectations that the technologies at the center of these rooms will be able to support the types of learning that cater to different learning styles and teaching modalities. Having a better understanding of a well thought out in-house technology design strategy for your classrooms is the first step towards ensuring that functionality derived from educational need is given the highest priority while bringing cost savings to bear through informed technology evaluation, selection of best fit or appropriate technologies, and standardization of technologies for our institutions where possible. This SIG will examine techniques to devise a working framework to achieve the goal of creating a responsive AV technology design paradigm that considers modularity, cost and planning for future needs. As such, this SIG will be a very direct, hands-on session, looking at what has worked and hasn’t worked for participants and building on those successes with elements of design to result in a working, adaptable design strategy that participants can carry back to their institution and apply from day one, in the ongoing quest to provide more with less.
Discussions and hands-on design tasks will take place to create a working framework based on the following objectives:
1. To identify and discuss current AV design and installation processes that currently exist at your institution – the resulting impact on costs, and it’s pros and cons – can we get more for less (or same)?
- To identify where are we all are now.
- To identify what works.
- To discuss what we would like to improve.
- To discuss how would those improvements potentially impact on cost. 2. To establish a ‘new’ AV technology design process.
- To create a responsive AV technology design paradigm that considers modularity, cost and planning for future needs.
3. To discuss how to better factor cost into the AV technology design process.
- To factor in initial cost vs operation, maintenance, and repair costs.
- To consider how the management, maintenance and security of the system factor into cost.
4. To apply each stage to the defined functional groupings to come up with a framework for the design of some example learning spaces with the methods formed above.
5. Roundtable Q&A on key points of higher education AV focus:
- Video Conferencing
- Lecture Capture
- Wireless Presentation
Pre-registration for this session is required.
- AV Integration / Special Interest Group