TIDE Generator: Creating Connection and Empathy Remotely

Now that we’re moving beyond short-term technological fixes for a socially distanced reality and making plans for a longer-term hybrid of remote and in-person communications, how can we design AV communications systems that will foster better connections between people?

In this episode, TIDE Generator host Kirsten Nelson discusses the ways we can create more authentic remote conversations with Amar Bakshi, Founder and Creative Director of Shared_Studios and Julie Johnston, Senior Director of Learning Technologies with the University Information Technology Services Department of Indiana University.

What are the ways we can create empathy in the virtual space? And how are projects like Shared_Studios’ Portals and AV practitioners in the higher-education world applying lessons learned from these past few months to enhance experiences for next half of the year and beyond?

From a technology standpoint, an empathetic way of designing systems takes into account the experience of the users first. So how will the new information we have recently gained with regard to connecting remotely affect our future designs? Is it time for us to evolve past the “talking head” chat and into full-body immersive video experiences?

How can we continue to build a sense of “team” in remote working scenarios? And in educational settings, thinking about the facilitators and educators who help foster connections, how can we help create meaningful connections between people? And how might we address challenges and concerns about disparate advantages between in-classroom experience versus remote?

Listen to the podcast here.