Technology has taken the academic world by storm and completely redefined the design of classroom spaces. Online learning has gained in popularity and made education more accessible and flexible. But technology has its own set of challenges for college administrators and professors, especially if the programs offered include courses that cater to not only online but also on-site working professionals.
Setting up a classroom that can accommodate the remote learner while also handling presentations for face-to-face students can be daunting. Think about it.
To be successful, the institution would first have to have multifunction classrooms with state of the art technology, like an audiovisual system, to accommodate streaming and recording of lectures for delivery to remote students. Recording without noise interference so the lesson can be clearly heard online is another critical challenge. Ensuring that the presenter’s audio-visual teaching aids translate clearly on film is yet another.
Phil Conrad, director of technical operations for the Engineering Professional Education program at Purdue University faced such a challenge. Read the article to see how his team overcame their challenges. (image via Shutterstock)