Can colleges meet students’ preference for digital communication?

At the Clarian Health Simulation Center, Indiana University’s medical and nursing students and staff train in simulated hospital environments like surgical suites and emergency rooms.

Digital screens are located throughout the facility in places like the computer lab, classrooms, and simulation rooms. Video feeds connect all computers and screens so that no matter where students are located, they can observe activity from the simulation rooms.

St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania and Tulane University in Louisiana have both created simulation trading rooms to imitate the Wall Street experience for business students.

These rooms contain screens that display stock prices, exchange rates, financial news, and student portfolios. Digital signage’s functionality as a way-finding mechanism has helped Santa Clara University to reach current students with updated class information, last-minute room changes and other important campus communications.

The University of Illinois, with some 53,000 students, faculty and staff, uses DCNs for various objectives, including:

  • Emergency messaging
  • Way finding
  • To realize potential increases in retail sales
  • To create a revenue stream through advertising
  • For student/faculty recruitment/retention
  • To increase program awareness and participation
  • To increase alumni donations
  • To facilitate intra-campus collaboration
  • Reduce printing costs

Another way to use cross-campus messaging is by creating an emergency alert system with digital display.