In 2019 I was hired by my alma mater, the University of Southern California (USC), to rethink how learning spaces look and operate on campus. The goal for more than a year now has been to dovetail the concepts of design and technology in a way that improves pedagogical methods and learning outcomes. Our first major project was to redesign 248 learning spaces with this vision.

As we were midstream in the transformation, the global pandemic occurred. For many, this was a moment to pivot. However, what we discovered was our system was inherently fault tolerant to the challenges of learn-from-home and hybrid-models.

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Because of our decision to build a system on the backbone of AV-over-IP, we were able to quickly adapt to the needs of the university and its students. Further, we were future-proofing for the unknown: we will be able to adapt to the future of learning, regardless of how or when students return to campus.

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About the Author:

Joe Way is the Director of Learning at The University of Southern California.