Classroom Automation: Innovation going mobile
As Shenandoah University, in Virginia, was experiencing a dynamic period of growth led by an expansion of its health sciences program, administrators realized that this expansion necessitated a reconsideration of issues of enterprise technology standardization, integration and support.
Administrators developed a standard room configuration for different sized classrooms based around the AMX DVX 3150 switcher. Additionally, control interfaces were standardized using the AMX MST 701s touch panel to provide a uniform experience. The touch panels, designed by end users, for end users, resulted in a simpler interface removing the abundance of buttons, sliders and options. A short series of binary questions (two choices, pick one) easily guides the user through no more than 4 questions to start class. Standardizing the user interface for the touch panels was an important aspect to improving the student and faculty’s classroom technology experience and streamlining the faculty development process for room controls.
“The ability for staff to support classroom technology virtually has produced efficiencies in response time and reduced the number of personnel required,” says Richard Pierce, associate professor at Shenandoah. “Extending the power and productivity of the support staff is critical to the expansion of Shenandoah University in a technology rich, multi-campus.”