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Best Practices for Standardizing AV on Campus

Maximizing the user experience for students and faculty alike on a higher education campus is paramount for success, and it also happens to avoid a lot of problems. Standardizing the technology in classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices on campus is key to improving these experiences.

The Nature of Learning Has Changed Dramatically
Virtually everything has changed in the learning environments today. There’s BYOD and the constant state of mobile connectivity that students and faculty operate on. Most everyone on campus is an avid consumer of multimedia content, and often they’re creating it too. As a result, the experience they expect to have in a classroom and beyond has much higher implications than ever before.

When upgrading or investing in new education facilities, doing so with an eye to technology that can not only improve but enrich the experience is one of the most important factors.

Benefits of AV Systems Standardization
The importance that consistency in AV systems has cannot be overstated. When AV systems are standardized, the operation among various facilities becomes streamlined. That’s a big win for faculty and students, as well as AV and IT personnel.

Staff can learn to use the technology better if it’s standard, allowing them to migrate between classrooms easily, which helps make for better teachers and trickles down to the learning experience for students. Helpdesk support becomes more efficient and monitoring the technology for problems is much easier to identify for swifter resolution.

Streamlined Technology Influences Student Engagement
If a singular, standardized system is in place, there’s no need for AV or IT to expend resources creating a functional system—it already exists! Teachers can concentrate on their jobs educating. Technology is designed to enrich learning, but when it’s not standardized, it often has the opposite effect.

The simple fact is that regardless of location or type of school or methodology, instructors only have so much time to engage students. On the flip side, students depend on their professors to have the tools they need, to know how to use them, and for those tools to work. For higher education institutions truly committed to providing the highest quality learning environments, standard audiovisual systems are an absolute necessity. Increasingly, colleges and universities are investing in the latest tools and pedagogy, which depends on technology more than ever.