AVT Question: Please share insight and best practices for designing the higher ed classroom for today and the future.
Thought Leader: Vanessa Jensen, Senior Market Development Specialist at Shure
Whether students are in the classroom or connecting remotely, audio components must be able to adapt to the real-world conditions of hybrid/hyflex learning. Shortfalls in classroom audio can have negative impacts on remote/hybrid learning and lecture capture—for both students and professors.
Distance learning must remain adaptable. For example, a classroom might be used for a fully remote class one day, a training session with an in-room presenter the next day, and a hybrid class with a remote instructor the day after that. Audio/video needs for distance learning present unique challenges, where the addition of remote participants may be introducing passive listeners or discussion leaders. Ensuring that all participants regardless of location—can hear and be heard, see and be seen is critical to the success of the system today and in the future.
Choosing microphones, and speakers that offer a wide array of capabilities allow you to easily adapt to limitations posed by the room. The flexibility to adapt to these needs might dictate ceiling microphones, table microphones, a wall microphone—or a combination. What works in a spacious lecture hall with treated acoustics may not be right for a more intimate classroom with a glass wall. Standardizing on an intuitive ecosystem that is flexible enough to meet these various needs ensures that professors and students can forget about technology and focus on learning.