Collaborative learning for higher education and trainingToday’s technology makes it possible to move beyond the traditional lecturer or trainer centred classrooms. Reaching full and part time students, alumni and training course delegates require remote access to the university or training facility.

Wireless collaboration systems are the tools that can enable collaborative learning with the same engaging experience for everyone involved but what advances has there been within this market?

This way of teaching attracts the generations of students who have grown up with mobile technology, while the lecturers receive a new set of tools to support new teaching methods. And in the corporate training market, the approach can re-engergise and motivate delegates who have been subjected to the tedium of long one-way courses in the past.

One such system is Barco weConnect, designed to deliver these benefits to educational and training environments:-

  • No hardware for the users meaning no costly missing buttons
  • A thumbnail image of the users’ screens allows the lecturer/presenter to choose what to show on the screens
  • Integration with campus networks means screenshots can saved for future lectures
  • Users can ask silent questions to prevent interruption or embarrassment
  • Password protection means only those in the room can join the meeting

Additionally, students and teachers can bring any personal device (BYOD) into the room and connect to the system via the campus WiFi. The connectivity, information exchange and interactivity options support educational institutions in evolving a student-centric strategy.

Does your organisation use collaborative technology to engage learners? What are the differences between the systems on the market at the moment? Join the debate at #collaborativelearning.

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