In one of the spaces within the Roding Building, Oliver was working to the brief: ‘create a space that facilitates brainstorming activities typified by sticky note sessions and pin ups’.
A solution was provided based around Nureva Span system. A 12m wide interactive wall has been created using 4 edge‐matched Nureva projectors. This is flanked by four Avocor 84” interactive screens (2 on each side) which can extend the interactive canvas to 20m or act as independent Windows PCs for standard classroom use.
This set up allows many students to work simultaneously on a giant virtual canvas created in Nureva Span software. Items such as sticky notes, text, sketches, pictures and screen‐shares can be organised freeform or in predefined templates (SWOT etc.) on the canvas for many different types of collaborative projects.
Remote parties can join in via a web browser and sessions can be exported as PDF or Excel.
Behind the scenes, Extron and Datapath equipment allows a single touch‐screen button‐press to transform the room between ‘Nureva mode’ and ‘standard presentation’ where the lecturer’s twin PC monitors are displayed across the projected wall and repeated on the Avocor screens. Voice reinforcement and lecture capture are automatically configured to suit the room mode.
According to Jon Knight, CEO of Ascentae:
“The LMU IT team were first introduced to Nureva Span at BETT 2017 and subsequently ISE 2017. At both shows they expressed an interest in identifying a new, innovative technology that would enable them to fulfil their vision for Active Learning and Flip Learning. After ISE we set up a software trial with 25 user accounts that the University ran for over 6 months. Although the key users were in the IT team, they invited other strategic users from around the University. The IT team actually used Span software on their own devices and on Avocor panels to collaborate on the Roding Building.
Regarding system design, this was a three‐way collaboration between the IT team at LMU, Ascentae and Reflex to articulate the vision for the room – large group collaboration space with a “working wall” at the front into a full system design. The room is multi‐purpose and therefore the Reflex team were instrumental in designing the control, video switching, audio and lecture capture that makes up the whole system.”
“From this project alone Sam Barter has become a leading technical expert in the UK for Nureva Span. This started at the system design stage where Sam was checking the design of the system and ensuring appropriate cables and PC configurations had been taken into account. However, when the physical installation process began Sam was instrumental in delivering the solution to specification and tackling technical challenges along the way. Sam can now design, install and commission Nureva hardware to a standard that is so high he is identifying firmware updates that might be required in order to make the solution even better.”