What does the "classroom of the future" look like? In contrast to the traditional lecture-oriented room, this increasingly popular kind of space, known as a "studio classroom," emphasizes group learning and collaboration. But designers might not always get it right. AV expert Michael Leiboff shares 14 distinct characteristics of a successful studio classroom design.
Cisco Systems is reaching deeper into the education segment with the launch of two new products, one a video media processor that adds the ability to convert audio to text for captioning and the other a social video system for creating "video communities."
Much has been written about planning high technology classrooms to promote the highest degree of learning. At the outset, we should underscore our belief that there is no one "correct" or even "best" design solution. Classroom design should result from a clear understanding of the range of teaching requirements that the spaces are intended to serve.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College, a City University of New York (CUNY) campus, is preparing students in media production for the real world. The college maintains an HDTV production facility stocked with professional-level tools and offers top students a chance to work with CBS pros during "boot camp."
Antioch University New England, a small, private, mostly graduate-level college, said it expects to go carbon-neutral by the year 2020.
Over the last two decades, there have been few, if any, academic institutions that have not built new classrooms and integrated advanced classroom technology in them. Many of these undertakings have been successful in several respects. Unfortunately and all too frequently, however, there have been stories of disaster as well.
The University of Notre Dame has gone public with its installation of a high performance cluster for its scientific research computing work, adding a nearly 6,000 core cluster to its Center for Research Computing.
Stony Brook University in New York has deployed a passive optical network (PON) in its Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.
When a new building was planned for 102-year-old Montclair State University, it presented an opportunity to incorporate advanced audiovisual technologies to enrich and support student learning.