On Higher Ed Tech: Panasonic Connect

Darryl Krall, National Sales Manager at Panasonic Connect
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AVT Question: Please share insight and best practices for designing the higher ed classroom for today and the future.

Thought Leader: Darryl Krall, National Sales Manager at Panasonic Connect

Over the years, universities have developed studies that confirm a strong correlation between student engagement and student retention. As universities grow their student bodies, they must focus on designing more immersive lecture environments with AV/IT technology. 

AV/IT managers must holistically approach this design. Imagine a classroom that’s only designed with video in mind. Sure, remote attendees can see the lecture clearly on their screens, but if they don’t hear what the professor says then they won’t retain the content. This creates a learning gap between remote and in-person students. However, when AV/IT managers prioritize technologies that enhance lighting, video quality, and audio at the same time, this gap closes. That’s why lecture capture solutions, PTZ cameras, wireless microphones, and visual technologies such as projectors and professional displays are must-haves. 

Ultimately, AV technologies help students form emotional, thought-provoking, and physical connections to coursework and lessons." —Darryl Krall, National Sales Manager at Panasonic Connect

Each of these technologies are crucial, so choosing the right device supplier is the make or break to future-proofing a classroom design. It’s important to choose a supplier not only based on quality but adaptability. Higher education and the needs of students are constantly changing. Make sure to work with a technology partner that harnesses a solutions-based approach to solve customer pain points. 

Another future-proofing recommendation is to embrace educator technology training. Classroom design and the technology within it only provides benefits if instructors feel comfortable harnessing these technologies, and currently, 50 percent feel the lack of training is a huge obstacle. AV/IT training boosts instructors’ confidence and encourages them to use technology to benefit students for years to come. 

Ultimately, AV technologies help students form emotional, thought-provoking, and physical connections to coursework and lessons. With the right classroom design, educators can use these technologies to control and enhance the classroom experience and create an environment that best suits different teaching and learning styles—today and in the future.

Cindy Davis
Brand and content director of AV Technology

Cindy Davis is the brand and content director of AV Technology (AVT). She was a critical member of the AVT editorial team when the title won the “Best Media Brand” laurel in the 2018 SIIA Jesse H. Neal Awards. Davis moderates several monthly AV/IT roundtables and enjoys facilitating and engaging in deeper conversations about the complex topics shaping the ever-evolving AV/IT industry. She explores the ethos of collaboration, hybrid workplaces, experiential spaces, and artificial intelligence to share with readers. Previously, she developed the TechDecisions brand of content sites for EH Publishing, named one of the “10 Great Business Media Websites” by B2B Media Business magazine. For more than 25 years, Davis has developed and delivered multiplatform content for AV/IT B2B and consumer electronics B2C publications, associations, and companies. A lifelong New Englander, Davis makes time for coastal hikes with her husband, Gary, and their Vizsla rescue, Dixie, sailing on one of Gloucester’s great schooners and sampling local IPAs. Connect with her on LinkedIn