Real-time alerts allow staff or student workers to proactively manage events, so rooms are fully functional and ready for the next class. All of this aims to minimize technical difficulties or scheduling oversights to maximize the time of UCF’s students and faculty.
2. Technology to fit any teaching style
At UCF, faculty have access to state-of-the-art collaboration technology to supplement their teaching style. Many professors are beginning to ditch traditional methods such as PowerPoint in favor of more collaborative and interactive options that engage the entire class. Faculty can easily design and execute interactive courses, both online or in-person, via high-quality AV, lecture recordings, video streaming, and remote presentation. Class materials can easily be shared across laptops and mobile devices.
Better collaborative technology has helped UCF create active learning classrooms in which students can experience a traditional lecture, yet easily break off into small groups with access to their own displays. “Our faculty should not have to think about how to work the technology in the room,” says Merritt. “They should have the ability to come into the room and immediately connect their device and begin.”
3. An eco-friendly alternative
Across the country, campuses are looking for more energy-friendly alternatives—not only because it’s good for the environment, but also because it can dramatically decrease utility bills. Central-monitoring software can detect when a room is not in use and turn the systems off. UCF is using this system to cut its electric bill by powering only the rooms that are in active use.
Technology has always been a key part of education. The introduction of laptops for students radically shifted the learning experience, and now increasingly advanced technology is reshaping the learning environment as a whole. UCF’s fully integrated and monitored campus is spearheading the push toward technology-friendly classrooms, creating a foundation not only for future technological advances, but for future education practices.