There’s a revolution taking place in the classroom. A global transformation is underway in the design of learning and collaboration spaces on university campuses. Join AVIXA, SCHOMS and EUNIS as they lift the lid on the latest higher education spaces with innovative ideas and best-case examples of design thinking. Learn about the growing influence of pedagogy, use of VR, implementation of AV/IT systems and the latest market intelligence from AVIXA.
Building an enterprise AV/IT system in a Higher Education environment
1. The Pedagogy of Space
This interactive workshop provides attendees with differing perspectives for looking at learning spaces for face-to-face teaching.
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new campus learning spaces is a shift in pedagogy, where the one-way transmission of information is being questioned as outdated. Many institutional learning spaces are designed to be teacher-centric, focusing on didactic delivery, whereas City’s approach to learning spaces is focused on the university’s capacity to support flexible modes of education; enhancing existing practice and improving the spaces.
The aim is to bring fresh perspectives to approaching the physical learning space, whether end users are teaching in a ‘traditional’ space or an ‘enhanced’ one.
City University believes that new learning environments need a more collaborative and inclusive approach to design and development. As part of the discussion, the panel will explore the benefits and challenges of this method.
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, guest speakers from the University of Nevada will present the history and processes followed to complete a 5-year endeavour to construct an enterprise AV system for classrooms and learning spaces at the University of Nevada. The panel will cover the basics of the design and priorities, the difficulties in project management, and delve into the goals of the control system programming and its integration into the remote management system.
The session will conclude with examining the advantages of collecting data to identify trends in utilisation, the 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 Michael Theil, Classroom Control Systems Specialist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Moderator: Dr. Gill Ferrell Lead Consultant, Aspire
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 association’s research efforts while exploring new areas of study. Throughout his over 20 years in the technology research sector, Sean has made a career of maximising 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. Wargo 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. Scott 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.
Michael Theil Classroom Control Systems Specialist, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Michael Theil ensures that the 350+ classrooms and learning spaces on the University of Nevada campus are programmed, monitored, and maintained to support the pedagogical needs of the students, faculty, and staff. Theil has a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematical Sciences from UNLV, as well as holding AVIXA CTS and Crestron DMC-E-4K certifications.