At higher education institutions around the world, the innovative use of technology is enhancing the way faculty teach and students learn, reducing support costs and increasing energy efficiency. This past year alone, Temple University in Philadelphia has made seeking tech support in a smart classroom as easy as pushing a button on a control panel. Texas A&M University created a standard user interface for all classrooms, conference rooms, and auditoriums. The University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, created more interactive learning spaces for tech-savvy students and teachers. Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, designed a Science and Engineering Centre that showcases global collaborations in human-computer interaction. And Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business created an interactive lecture theater classroom that’s in high demand on the busy campus.
These five schools were recognized with the 2013 AMX Innovation Awards, which were presented this past June at UBTech, a national conference focused on the technologies shaping higher education. The University Business Leadership Institute established the AMX Innovation Awards in 2011 to recognize innovative higher education technology accomplishments and practices. The awards program is sponsored by the Global Education Alliance and AMX, whose products and services simplify technology implementation, use, and maintenance.
This year’s awards included the following categories: Automation and Control Initiative (Temple University); Sustainability Initiative (Texas A&M); International Initiative (University of Ottawa); and Collaboration Initiative (Queensland University of Technology). Penn State received an Honorable Mention award in the Collaboration Initiative category. Each of the five winners received $25,000 in AMX technology, which will be used to further enhance their campuses and improve teaching and learning. In addition, they and the other six finalists each received the just-released Inspired Xpress XPS-1300 Digital Signage Player from AMX.
To learn more about the 2013 AMX Innovation Awards, please visit: www.amxcampus.com.