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Veterinary students who once huddled together to observe a surgeon's intricate moves now have another learning option at the University of Florida. There, AMX technology allows students near and far to have a bird's eye view of every small step of a procedure.

Glenn Jystad, Director of Products, Mondopad

The key thing IT leaders need to keep in mind is not only the awareness that technology has changed, but the reasons why it has changed. Older multimedia equipment was very simple in functionality.

Looking the part: Students at Missouri University of Science & Technology need not venture off campus or even pay anything to find their first professional attire. After a résumé review in the career center, they can jaunt across the hall to the suit closet and emerge career-ready.

Raising awareness of traditional and newer career-preparation services, which thanks to technology can often be delivered remotely, is essential. Career centers are proving, too, that they can create innovative programming to entice participation. Here are several successful approaches worth adopting.

The Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology trains individuals and organizations to prepare for success in a global environment. Face-to-face communication is a vital part of that work.

Brady Bruce, CMO, InFocus

Unfortunately, technology budgets do not often grow when campuses do. So selections must be made with maximum ROI in mind, from both the usability and support ends.

Many colleges and universities face challenges when it comes to their phone and communications systems. Outdated phone systems offer limited capabilities and often consume time and resources due to support and maintenance requirements. By moving to a unified communications platform, institutions can not only replace aging campus phone systems, but go beyond voice to unify all communications in a streamlined and more reliable desktop application, encompassing voice, email, fax, video and chat.

An increasing number of colleges and universities are redesigning traditional lecture halls and classrooms into active learning classrooms, which are more flexible and open designs that better foster teamwork, collaboration and interactive instruction through a variety of engaging technologies. Historically it was necessary to build a dedicated networked A/V infrastructure that could enable the use of any multimedia technology. That is no longer the case as new technologies emerge that allow AV to be distributed over the traditional IP network.

When scientists embark on a mission to provide free educational materials on a global scale, video becomes the most critical piece, especially with the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative. Established in 2006 by the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Sir Harold Kroto, GEOSET produces educational content for student class projects, science experiments, teacher support, supplements for a digital CV and many more productions. It also connects to around 50 partner institutions and organizations around the world.

Zoom offers a video conferencing experience that combines HD video conferencing, mobility, and web meetings in a free cloud service. The Unified Meeting Experience platform offers mobile-screen sharing and works across desktop, tablet, mobile and room systems. It is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and H.323/SIP room systems.


Mediasite is an enterprise webcasting, lecture capture and hybrid event platform. The webcasting technology automates the recording, distribution, management and analytics of high-quality video and multimedia presentations. A variety of distribution options allow students to access content from any device, and the media player can be individualized with a school’s own custom branding.

Reader Testimony: 
“Mediasite web conferencing has greatly enhanced our distance education offerings and pedagogy by enriching the learning experience and providing either a synchronous or asynchronous model of learning that still allows for ‘connecting’ to the traditional classroom experience.” — Mary Ayala, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Eastern New Mexico University