Making the Case for High-Quality Projectors on Your Campus

The technological advancements of projectors and projection systems has grown exponentially. When compared to consumer adoption rates of high-quality audio-visual tools, however, colleges and universities fall behind. What advantages are many institutions missing out on? How can these advanced projectors influence learning outcomes? Campus Technology spoke with 5 universities and audio-visual solutions provider Canon to gain their insights.

Graham Bouton, headshot

Graham Bouton

Manager, Academic Technology Facilities

Johns Hopkins University
Tim Kirk, Headshot

Tim Kirk

Chief Information Officer

South Arkansas Community College
headshot, Melinda Kraft

Melinda Kraft

Director of Instructional Technology

Albion College
headshot, Gail Richter-Nelson, M.Sc.

Gail Richter-Nelson, M.Sc.

Sr. I.T. Specialist—Instructional Design/Multimedia

Johns Hopkins Medical School & Institutions
headshot, Brian Ford

Brian Ford

Digital Media Specialist

University of North Alabama
Chuck Westfall

Chuck Westfall

Advisor, Technical Information

Canon USA
ITC Group Professional Engineering & Solutions I Division

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The Questions

  1. When relating intricately-detailed visual content during class, what features of an HD-quality projector do you consider vital in effectively improving a student's understanding of the course material? Please also share any results, anecdotal or otherwise, that support our opinion.
  2. Higher quality A/V tools, such as LCOS projectors and advanced cameras and camcorders, are an essential part of learning in today's visually-oriented society. What kind of impact do you think these types of A/V tools potentially have on learning?
  3. What courses would benefit most from a high-quality image projector and what are some of the innovative applications that this type of projector has been used for on your campus?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having an installed projector (permanently installed in the ceiling) vs. a mobile projector on campus? How would you use them differently? And what features of each do you find most useful?
  5. Budget and faculty or stakeholder buy-in are typical challenges in implementing new or advanced technologies on campus. What suggestions or recommendations would you offer to your peers in overcoming any objections to the acquisition of HD-projectors?

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About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.