Technology managers, learning specialists, and AV professionals will share expectations, advances, and solutions for enhancing engagement and experience within higher education environments. Perfect for those looking to improve teaching and learning outcomes through the thoughtful application of technology.
Identify perspectives within learning spaces for face-to-face teaching
Case Study: Building an Enterprise AV/IT System at the University of Nevada
What research shows about new technologies that change the methods and direction of instruction
The Pedagogy of Space
Individual Session Overview
1. The Pedagogy of Space
This workshop provides differing perspectives for looking at learning spaces for face-to-face teaching in an interactive session with the attendees.
One of the several drivers of change towards new campus learning spaces is a shift in pedagogy where the one-way transmission of information is being questioned as outdated. But still many institutional learning spaces are designed around teacher-centred didactic delivery where City’s approach to learning spaces is focused on the University’s capacity to support flexible modes of education, enhancing existing practice, and improving spaces therefore.
The aim is to bring fresh perspectives for approaching the physical learning space, whether attendants are they are teaching in a ‘traditional’ space or an ‘enhanced’ one.
We believe that new learning environments need a more collaborative and inclusive approach to design and development. But we will also discuss the challenges of this approach.
By the end of the workshop attendees will:
Have explored the space from different perspectives.
Have evaluated the space against a core set of criteria.
Have considered the impact of space on learning engagement.
James Rutherford, Learning Spaces Specialist, City, University of London Dom Pates, Educational Technologist, City, University of London
2. Building an enterprise AV/IT system in a Higher Education environment
In this session, we will present the history and processes followed to complete a 5-year endeavor to construct an enterprise AV system for classrooms and learning spaces at the University of Nevada. We will cover the basics of our design and priorities, the difficulties in project management, cover the goals of the control system programming, and its integration into the remote management system.
The session will conclude with showing the advantage of collecting data to identify trends in utilisation, ability to make smart technology decisions, and calculate a return on investment.
Scott Menter, CTS, Manager of Classroom Technology Services, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Frank Alaimo, Audio Visual Systems Specialist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
3. Delivering 360° immersive learning experiences
This hands-on workshop will show attendees how to use a web-based builder to create 360° augmented reality content by combining 360° images. In order to demonstrate what can be done with this exciting technology, the session will highlight two real-life augmented 360° projects from Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (le Cnam) engineering school, including one project that has been embedded into a learning management system using open source editing software. These immersive education resources can be displayed on student devices such as a VR-enabled smartphone, and provide a powerful way to increase engagement while learning.
Requirement: Attendees should bring a smartphone in order to participate
Thierry Koscielniak, Chief Digital Officer at CNAM, president of CSIESR, EUNIS board member
4. Market Insights from AVIXA
Higher Ed represents a traditional market for pro AV that is set to grow as many regions invest further in their education infrastructure. Our data shows what types of technologies are driving the current replacement cycle in classrooms. Specific survey data also reveals higher ed plans for improving the learning experience as well as pain points experienced by students.
By the end of this session, attendees will:
Understand the size of current opportunities in the AV industry
Find out the drivers of growth, over-arching and regional trends
Note specific market issues, such as:
Student assessments of the existing infrastructure
Overall upgrade plans and decision making at higher ed institutions
Challenges providers have faced in serving higher ed
Sean Wargo, Sr. Director, Market Intelligence, AVIXA
Moderator: Dr. Gill Ferrell Lead Consultant, Aspire
Gill has extensive senior management experience in HE and has led and advised on the implementation of IT to support all areas of teaching, research and administration. Her expertise includes areas such as technology-enhanced learning, curriculum design, assessment and feedback and the design of learning spaces as well as good practice guidance in strategic planning and the project and change management needed to deliver enhancements in learning, teaching and research. She has directed projects in support of the strategic goals of the English and Scottish HE funding councils and advised on the development of e-learning strategies for England and Wales. Gill is the author of a number of reference works widely used in the UK HE and FE sectors and has published a number of major reports, journal articles and peer reviewed papers on themes relating to technology enhanced learning, curriculum design, assessment and feedback and lifelong learning as well as information management and business processes improvement for the education sector. She has been an invited keynote speaker at many UK and international conferences and is currently the leader of the EUNIS e-Learning Task Force.
Sean Wargo Sr. Director, Market Intelligence, AVIXA
Sean is responsible for leading AVIXA’s initiative to become an authoritative provider of insights and research for the Pro-AV industry. In this role, he will manage, direct, and serve as a public face for the associations research efforts while exploring new areas of study. Throughout his over 20 years in the technology research sector Sean has made a career of maximizing research in a variety of roles, including leading a primary research business, centralizing a business intelligence practice, building an industry analysis department, performing advanced statistical analysis, and speaking/ writing about research findings. Sean previously served as VP of Research for BDS Marketing, Inc., President of his own research consultancy, and Director of Industry Analysis at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). He was also the recipient of the Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year and for Marketing Service Department of the Year in 2014, thanks to his work to improve client reporting at BDS through the integration of Tableau dashboarding.
James Rutherford Learning Spaces Specialist, City University of London
James Rutherford has been working in the design and development of new learning environments in higher education for 10 years. Rutherford works part time for City, University of London, as a project manager for learning space development and multimedia production. In addition to this role he works as a Learning Space Consultant with universities, architects and furniture manufacturers. He has a Masters in Advanced Educational Practice from UCL Institute of Education, where he researched the impact of physical space design on learning and teaching.
Early in 2018 he was made a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, where he demonstrated a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. He has worked in managerial roles for learning environment development for the University of Birmingham and University of the Arts London. For six years Rutherford was joint managing director of a corporate video production company producing creative communication video programmes, online material and live event media. Up until 2016, he was the vice-chair of the Executive Committee of SCHOMS, the professional body for heads of services working within UK Higher Education
Dom Pates Educational Technologist, City University of London
Dom Pates is an Educational Technologist at City University of London, with a specialism in innovations in learning spaces. He has contributed to the design of many recent space developments at City, including a flagship lecture theatre and a suite of collaborative PC labs. Pates led the introduction of wireless collaboration technologies to City, enabling academics to wirelessly display content from a mobile device in specialist Engineering labs, and is co-managing an initiative to incorporate this functionality into all of City’s learning spaces.
He is a regular speaker at educational technology events and conferences. Prior to joining City, Pates worked as an IT Trainer and as a teacher. He has worked in education for most of his career, which has included five years in Japan. He holds a Masters degree in Digital Media from Sussex University, and a Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching for Adults. He is also a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), and as an Online Learning Facilitator (COLF) with the Learning and Performance Institute. In his spare time, he helps run and DJs on a weekly Internet radio station called The Thursday Night Show.
Thierry Koscielniak Chief Digital Officer at Cnam, president of CSIESR, EUNIS board member
Thierry Koscielniak is Chief Digital Officer at le Cnam in Paris, France. At Cnam, Koscielniak is facilitating a project to develop an E-portfolio for skills management for lifelong learners. He performs an active watch and research on virtual and augmented realities for teaching and learning. He is president of CSIESR (www.csiesr.eu), the French association of IT professionals in higher education. He is also officer of the board of EUNIS (www.eunis.org) as Vice Secretary and EDUCAUSE Liaison Officer. EUNIS is a European association of IT professionals in higher education. Koscielniak completed his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris.
Scott Menter CTS, Manager of Classroom Technology Services, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Scott Menter is part of Instructional Technology Services under the Office of Information Technology. Menter has been working with AV technology and in the education sector since 1986. He has experienced the evolution of educational technology first hand. He currently holds a BS in Vocational Education from LSU, AVIXA CTS and Crestron DMC-E-4K certifications.
Frank Alaimo Audio Visual Systems Specialist for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Frank Alaimo has over 20 Years of experience in Higher Education and the Hospitality industries. At UNLV, he is currently responsible for the Audio / Visual design and project management for installations in classrooms and AV equipped spaces on campus. Alaimo has a BA in Communication Arts from Marywood University in Pennsylvania, as well as holding AVIXA CTS-I, Crestron DMC-E-4K certifications.