ILLUSTRATION BY MENGXIN LI
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS AREN’T the only ones relying more on audiovisual (AV) technologies to support remote collaboration—business schools, too, are adopting more sophisticated and integrated AV systems in their online and face-to-face classrooms to create more global, immersive learning experiences for their students.
At AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, we have found that it’s not always easy for schools to narrow down their objectives for AV technology or to choose the right tools for each task. As they move through this process, they might find inspiration in the following four approaches:
- Make online interactions more like face-to-face.
- Import expert voices from anywhere in the world.
- Enable face-to-face virtual peer-to-peer collaboration.
- Create a fluid learning experience.
No matter what an educator’s goals might be, the most successful AV-powered global classrooms result when schools take these factors into account:
- Ease of use.
- Ability to upgrade.
- The right balance between tech and tradition.
The challenge is to choose AV solutions that are flexible enough to fit a wide range of teaching methods and philosophies, without obscuring or overshadowing the learning process. The technology should fall into the background as the professor teaches, the students learn, and the global classroom collaborates.
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