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Empowering remote teaching and learning with IP

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey is an example of a higher education establishment employing these technologies to ensure students have all the resources they need without having to be in the same room as the lecturer. The school deployed an IP video system to give students access to high-quality live streams and recorded videos of dissection lectures. The system was deployed to transmit live, close-up footage of dissection sessions into two lecture theatres, which can hold up to 250 students, and the sessions are also recorded on the university’s server so that students can access them and refer to them in their own time. This approach to learning is being replicated by universities across the UK to help keep students and staff safe while ensuring everyone has access to the same information and resources.

Keep safe with digital signage

Similarly, digital signage provides an invaluable means of communication on university campuses to inform staff and students about the latest coronavirus measures, including social distancing and hygiene policies, as well as social restrictions in different parts of the UK. Before COVID, educational institutions such as the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bath were already using IP video and signage technologies to keep students, faculty and campus visitors up-to-date with the latest news and announcements, but their usage will undoubtedly have evolved to keep everyone apprised of the latest rules and restrictions. Digital signage communications can be updated remotely in real-time, so everyone on campus will see the most recent and accurate information – which helps reduce the number of employees on campus.

Safeguarding student accommodation

IP video and digital signage technologies are also supporting living situations in student accommodation. The majority of students are spending more time in their accommodation to help stem the spread of the virus, and IP video technologies can provide them with both educational and entertaining content for their home-away-from-home. Scotway House, a contemporary and tech-enabled higher education student residence in Glasgow’s West End, recently deployed an infotainment software system to create a student TV portal that's accessible in every room. Alongside providing information to students about local, social and accommodation-related news, Scotway House also streams TV and video in both the onsite gym and cinema. The integrated system keeps the student residents generally informed and updated on the latest COVID-related announcements wherever they are, and allows for digital signage screens to display mask reminders, proper hand-washing instructions and other vital safety information throughout the building. [caption id="attachment_36429" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image source: Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash[/caption] During COVID-19, university campuses and student residences need to have the right technologies in place to keep students, faculty and visitors safe. Although higher education traditionally relies on face-to-face learning, right now it's crucial that universities make the seamless transition to online education wherever possible. While packed lecture theatres and seminars will undoubtedly make a return once it is safe, socially distanced and online learning will continue to be important for the time being. Today’s students have grown up in the digital era and enjoy the flexibility to access resources whenever and wherever they want – and the pandemic has only accelerated that trend.
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In previous blogs, we have discussed how the evolving technological landscape has enabled universities to offer interactive learning material to students and create a home-away-from-home. 2016 will see an increasing number of higher education institutions leverage the capabilities of technology in a bid to cater to the needs of a diverse student population that hails from all walks of life. From our experience of working with universities, video is radically transforming the way tutors interact with students, and empowers students to create their own personal curriculum. We predict that this shift will be visible in five ways in 2016:

1) Video will permeate every aspect of university life

Today’s students belong to a generation that expects content to be available any time, any place and anywhere. Universities can capitalise on this trend by implementing IP video solutions to move away from a classroom-centric teaching approach. From enabling students to access a range of TV channels to support their studies, through to letting professors record their lectures and make that content available to students at any time, video will permeate every aspect of university life. Elite institutions like University College London have already deployed IP video systems to ensure that they cater for a connected generation.

2) Personalisation

Personalisation has become a hot topic in the technology world, and will play an increasing role in university teaching and learning in 2016. While the days during which students hastily scribbled down notes while listening to a lecturer are far from over, they will be liberated from the constraints of a traditional timetable and able to design a curriculum which meets their needs, using personalised content available on the university’s video portal. Higher Education institutions such as City University are already enabling students to make use of video material to supplement the set curriculum, ensuring that by graduation day, students have been able to acquire as much knowledge as possible – and at their own pace.

3) Video will help create a home-away-from-home

Universities will recognise that modern students’ demand for constant connectivity can become more than just a tool to deliver information.  Students are now as interested in the facilities that a university provides as the institution’s academic rating and modules. In our second blog on University Business, we explained how Bath University has capitalised on that student need for a home-away-from-home feeling to remain one of the best campus universities in Britain. 

4) Connected devices are here to stay

By 2019, nearly half of all classes worldwide will be done online, meaning that connected devices will work collaboratively with academia to help students design their own curriculum. Today’s students hail from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from mature students with families to students working part time, which may affect the student’s capacity to attend every lecture. As a result, remote learning will be instrumental in overcoming this hurdle by enabling students to access content, such as recorded lectures, on mobile devices on the university campus and beyond. 

5) Integrated technology

Video is set to radically transform the way students and faculties access and share content. However, it becomes a lot more valuable if it is included in a broader technology overhaul. By combining video with digital signage, higher education institutions can ensure that they build the universities of the future. As part of its pledge to become the most student-friendly University and the best campus in the UK, Bath University has developed an IP-based system enabling it to deliver messages directly on the TV screen in students’ accommodation. Content can include faculty highlights, information about visiting lecturers or even the menu in the cafeteria, effectively enabling students to utilise their time in the most effective way while at university. 

Technology is already part of students’ and faculty members’ life and integration is becoming easier than ever before. With more students caring about the facilities of the university where they will be spending three or more years, higher education institutions can accompany students in their learning process beyond the classroom by offering additional material at the tap of a finger, wherever the student may be.

W: www.exterity.com

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In a previous blog, we discussed how video plays a central role in enabling universities to offer interactive learning material. However, the entertainment services a higher education institution offers are an increasingly important factor when prospective students are choosing where to study.

In separate studies, the London School of Economics and the University of Northampton found that over 80% of students own a smartphone, confirming that today’s tech-savvy students belong to a generation who view technology as a central part of their lives, and who probably don’t call a place home until their device connects to the Wi-Fi automatically. 

To comply with students’ need for connectivity, universities are investing in technology. This enables them to create a “home away from home” experience for students who also expect high quality content to be delivered to their device, from any location on campus, at the tap of a finger. 

Bath University illustrates perfectly how multiscreen media can be used to transform higher education institutions into second homes for students. Bath University understands that while leaving home is an exciting experience, it can also be daunting. As part of its ongoing commitment to state-of-the-art audio-visual provision and student satisfaction, the university has installed an IP video system to deliver a full TV and video entertainment solution across its student accommodation and university campus. This enables students to access their favourite channels, including foreign language channels for international students, and help them ease into campus life.

'As well as the ability to create that home away from home feeling, the benefits of IP video extend throughout the whole campus, with digital signage and interactive menu boards available in all refectory areas'

As well as the ability to create that home away from home feeling, the benefits of IP video extend throughout the whole campus, with digital signage and interactive menu boards available in all refectory areas. This service is even available in student accommodation, enabling students to make their menu choices prior to arriving at the refectory. This is particularly helpful during the first few weeks of term when students are still settling into their routine, or during the dreaded pre-exam period, when students can’t afford to waste time deciding where and they are going to eat during the day.

The benefits of an IP video system extend to the celebration of the end of a student’s time at university: graduation. With an increasing number of international students joining UK universities, not all of their loved ones will be able to celebrate their achievement with them in person. However, IP video has made it possible for universities to stream graduation ceremonies, live or recorded, via the internet, meaning friends and family can be part of the special day, regardless of their location.

With students belonging to a technology savvy generation, the power of IP video cannot be underestimated. Technology can help universities make campus a home away from home for students, so they can focus on becoming leaders in their field.

Read the University of Bath case study here

W: www.exterity.com

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Universities have a natural duty to empower students with quality lectures and hands-on projects that will enable them to become experts in their field. However a university is also a business, and in order to continue attracting new students from all walks of life, universities need to ensure that they offer students pioneering teaching techniques and unparalleled learning opportunities.

Technology, and more specifically IP video solutions, can play a central role in enabling innovative teaching methods to emerge. Increasingly, prospective students view technology as an integral part of their learning experience and universities need to be able to cater to the needs of a mobile generation that expects to be able to view content on any device, anywhere and at any time.

A good example of this multiscreen media revolution in the education space is prestigious City University, London. With multiple locations, diverse faculties and its own broadcast studio, the institution wanted to deliver Internet, TV and video - including Sky Sport, international news channels and live feeds from portable cameras - to multiple devices across its campus. By offering access to a large amount of content, City University aims to increase the amount of teaching material and entertainment readily available for students, professors and staff at any time, on any device. 

'Technology, and more specifically IP video solutions, can play a central role in enabling innovative teaching methods to emerge'

Providing high quality content to a large number of screens might appear costly at first. Traditional infrastructure requirements, especially cabling, can easily expend a university budget, preventing investment in new teaching and learning methods. IP video is different. It sits on the university’s existing IP network providing a cost-effective, robust solution that is easy to install and maintain. What’s more, an IP video system is flexible and scalable, enabling it to fit any size of installation or number of devices. Administrators can also manage and control the system from anywhere on the network 

By leveraging the capabilities of IP video, City University now offers its students an enhanced learning experience by enabling them to watch TV channels across its central London campus, such as business and news channels for politics and business students, while language students can access live foreign news. In addition, IP video has added a new dynamic to City University’s students’ personal study by providing professors with the ability to record their lectures, which students can access at leisure on their own laptops and mobile devices. 

IP video technology also now enables universities to stream important occasions, such as graduation ceremonies, around campus as well as out across the internet to relatives and friends, regardless of their location. 

All these capabilities enable students to develop new skills by taking part in the university broadcast media, and feel at home away from home, safe in the knowledge that they can access the content they want, when they want it, on the device of their choice. Installing an IP video system also allows a university to set itself apart from competitors, making it a very attractive prospect for potential students who want to access news, entertainment and foreign language channels anywhere on campus. 

Read the City University case study: https://www.exterity.com/uploads//downloads/City_University_cs_web.pdf 

Colin Farquhar, Exterity Founder & CEO, is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities in enterprise scale IP video.

W: www.exterity.com

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Empowering remote teaching and learning with IP

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey is an example of a higher education establishment employing these technologies to ensure students have all the resources they need without having to be in the same room as the lecturer. The school deployed an IP video system to give students access to high-quality live streams and recorded videos of dissection lectures. The system was deployed to transmit live, close-up footage of dissection sessions into two lecture theatres, which can hold up to 250 students, and the sessions are also recorded on the university’s server so that students can access them and refer to them in their own time. This approach to learning is being replicated by universities across the UK to help keep students and staff safe while ensuring everyone has access to the same information and resources.

Keep safe with digital signage

Similarly, digital signage provides an invaluable means of communication on university campuses to inform staff and students about the latest coronavirus measures, including social distancing and hygiene policies, as well as social restrictions in different parts of the UK. Before COVID, educational institutions such as the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bath were already using IP video and signage technologies to keep students, faculty and campus visitors up-to-date with the latest news and announcements, but their usage will undoubtedly have evolved to keep everyone apprised of the latest rules and restrictions. Digital signage communications can be updated remotely in real-time, so everyone on campus will see the most recent and accurate information – which helps reduce the number of employees on campus.

Safeguarding student accommodation

IP video and digital signage technologies are also supporting living situations in student accommodation. The majority of students are spending more time in their accommodation to help stem the spread of the virus, and IP video technologies can provide them with both educational and entertaining content for their home-away-from-home. Scotway House, a contemporary and tech-enabled higher education student residence in Glasgow’s West End, recently deployed an infotainment software system to create a student TV portal that's accessible in every room. Alongside providing information to students about local, social and accommodation-related news, Scotway House also streams TV and video in both the onsite gym and cinema. The integrated system keeps the student residents generally informed and updated on the latest COVID-related announcements wherever they are, and allows for digital signage screens to display mask reminders, proper hand-washing instructions and other vital safety information throughout the building. [caption id="attachment_36429" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image source: Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash[/caption] During COVID-19, university campuses and student residences need to have the right technologies in place to keep students, faculty and visitors safe. Although higher education traditionally relies on face-to-face learning, right now it's crucial that universities make the seamless transition to online education wherever possible. While packed lecture theatres and seminars will undoubtedly make a return once it is safe, socially distanced and online learning will continue to be important for the time being. Today’s students have grown up in the digital era and enjoy the flexibility to access resources whenever and wherever they want – and the pandemic has only accelerated that trend.
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