University of Worcester - Collaborative Spaces-
In the summer of 2015, University of Worcester consulted with GV Multimedia and commissioned their Coventry team to review a pair of rooms and transform them into collaborative spaces to enhance both the user and teaching experience. The project was undertaken as a pilot scheme in order to trail collaborative learning and teaching methods with the aim to rollout similar systems in the future, if successful.
This project involved incorporating collaborative desking that would allow users to share content locally without the need for additional control. To achieve this, they opted for TeamMate WorksZone Multi-Platform Tables for the students and TeamMate Educator Series 2 Lecterns for the academics. In further accommodating the need for BYOD functionality, the team integrated NEC V-Series panels due to their automatic signal recognition feature on HDMI and VGA inputs. This allows users to plug in their device and it would turn the screen on and then turn it off after a few minutes once disconnected. A matrix system was also implemented to allow the academic control over the students’ displays to present their own content whenever required.
In keeping with the BYOD functionality of the suite, the team also installed a Kramer VIA Collage wireless collaboration solution to allow students to share their content with the rest of the session's attendees. Control of the device was carried out via a Crestron control system featuring a special module developed to give a clean user interface for the academic, allowing them to control the sharing of content easily. Each WorksZone table also consists of a PC with the Kramer Connect Pro App that enables local PC sharing.
Owen Parry - Team Leader: Audio Visual Services at the University of Worcester - commented;
“Initial feedback has been very positive, with academic staff keen to make use of the technology and the collaborative nature of the rooms”.