Barco is trying to encourage schools and universities to adopt a BYOD policy; hoping to foster the evolution from teacher-centric classrooms into rich, interactive learning spaces where students participate more dynamically in both classrooms and remote locations.
As part of its plan to promote this change, Barco has revealed its new collaborative learning platform at the Educause 2015 annual conference, which is being held in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 27-30.
Designed with connectivity, information exchange and interactivity options built-in, Barco’s collaborative learning platform is completely customisable to the requirements demanded by each academic institution. That approach gives those institutions the power to tailor their educational approach to generations of students who have grown up with mobile technology.
Teachers will also receive a new palette of tools to create new delivery models for their preferred teaching methods.
Students and teachers can bring any personal device in the room and connect to the system via the campus Wi-Fi.
Schools also have the flexibility to set-up Barco’s collaborative learning platform in any way they see fit – whether it’s for a single classroom, a campus-wide platform or at multiple sites.
Barco also envisions a future where students taking classes are not forced to be physically present to get the information needed. Instead the company believes that, using its platform, schools could virtually merge local and remote classrooms into a single collaborative learning space.
What this means is that schools would be open to more students worldwide but will also be able to assist students that could otherwise not make it into class – whether for illness or travel-related reasons.
Interaction with teachers via the Barco learning platform can be done using either a tablet or smartphone. The teacher has the power to issue polls, quizzes or other testing techniques to see where a student may be struggling. Students can also pose questions to the teacher by virtually raising their hand.
That’s just the features on show now however. Barco has hinted that future updates will bring even more features thanks to the flexibility of the system.
“With our collaborative learning platform, we created a system that meets the aspirations of students, teachers and facility managers,” comments Amir Saadiq, business development manager for higher education at Barco.
“Students want the comfort, freedom and flexibility that BYOD offers. Teachers want to make their lectures more interactive and want to engage both classroom and remote audiences.
“Facility managers like the total integration of the system into the campus networks and EduRoam as well as the ability for campus-wide integration with minimal equipment.
“This makes the system perfectly suited for both small campuses and large universities.”