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Higher ed institutions use technology to increase collaboration, learning

Higher ed institutions were honored at this year's AMX Innovation Awards during UBTech 2014 in Las Vegas
University Business, September 2014

Cutting-edge higher education institutions across the country are leveraging AV and IT technology to advance the learning experience on their campuses. Five of these institutions were honored at the 2014 AMX Innovation Awards, which were presented this past June at UBTech, higher ed’s leading national technology and leadership conference.

The winners were selected from a record number of submissions this year, with entries from seven different countries. Several themes emerged from the submissions, such as distance learning and how institutions extend learning beyond the classroom; collaborative learning; how sciences are pushing the limits of technology and automation; how sustainability initiatives impact more than building technology; and how collaboration is central to all campus life.

This year’s awards included winners in the following categories: Shenandoah University in Virginia in the Classroom Automation category; the University of Minnesota in the Collaboration category; The University of Ottawa in the Alternative Learning Spaces category; The University of Queensland in Australia in the Sustainability Initiatives category; and the University of Western Australia in the Simulation and Medical Learning category. A new feature was also introduced to the program this year, the People’s Choice Innovation Award. The winner in this new category was the University of Hawaii and its Information Technology Center, which was selected from 28 finalist institutions by UBTech attendees.

Each of the five winners of the five categories won $25,000 MSRP of AMX equipment in recognition of their innovation. The People’s Choice Innovation Award winner received a Hydraport in recognition of their award. All finalists were awarded an Enzo Presentation System.

The AMX Innovation Awards are annual honors presented to individuals and institutions that have improved the campus experience through the innovative use of technology. For 2014, winners were selected for each of the categories mentioned above. Categories may change for 2015. Applications may come from any higher education institution in the world. Entries are being accepted in October for the 2015 AMX Innovation Awards and the winners will be presented at UBTech 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about the 2014 AMX Innovation Awards and how you can apply for next year’s awards, please visit www.amx.com/education.

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