Over the years, the technology used in typical university environments has changed a great deal. One of the biggest evolutions has been in the quality of projections systems used in lecture theatres.
Many, if not most, universities have dropped the older projection setups in favour of modern solutions, and this has brought with it numerous advantages.
Let’s take a look at some of them…
Greater participation and a better environment
With modern projection systems, students can better see information displayed on screens from any corner of the lecture theatre. They no longer have to strain their eyes, or crowd around a screen, due to the poor quality of projected images.
Most of the projection systems available today can beam HD images, ensuring that the content displayed is visible at the required distances. This means students can participate without feeling excluded due to the place they are sat. Modern HD projection systems facilitate a better learning environment.
A better learning experience
With a projection system connected to a computer, there is no limit on the type of lesson a lecturer can offer students. In place of the usual text based static lecture videos, HD images, dynamic infographics and audio can be shared with students in the lecture. The quality of delivery makes for a much better learning experience. Consider the difference between these two modes of teaching.
- A Geography lecturer shares colour prints of the topography of a mountain range as a learning aid.
- A lecturer beams HD images of Google Earth on a vibrant screen, zooming in and pointing out interesting features.
The latter mode of teaching is increasingly becoming the norm in lectures across different university teaching departments.
Reduction in the need for technological expertise
In the past, connecting a projector to a computer often required the knowledge of video and audio experts. This made it difficult for teachers to use projection systems. Screen resolutions, contrast, and brightness were all big issues.
Modern systems are very much plug-and-play. Anyone can troubleshoot technical problems easily on the rare occasions they arise with the troubleshooting functions usually built in.
Improved learning outcomes
As mentioned above, projection systems offer better ways to reach and teach students. This in turn means that it is easier for students to understand what is being communicated in any learning session. Students learn through a variety of media, in a more engaging and dynamic environment. In addition, lectures can be recorded, so that students can revisit them at a later date; a powerful learning enhancement.
Research shows that modern projection systems lead to lectures that are far richer, more strategically delivered, and better internalised by students themselves.
Here are some examples of Universities that have embraced these modern projection systems, and how they have benefited.
University of Bath, UK
With over 15,000 new students enrolling each year, Bath is one of the top universities in the UK. It is a university known for world-class research, creativity and enterprise. It is also one of the universities leading the way in the uptake of new technology; and offering a more dynamic education environment to students.
The school needed to create an immersive and media rich lecture environment to meet current and future student needs. They deployed a selection of powerful projector systems. The main projectors they chose were the Sony VPL-FH500L and 51 x VPL-FH31 projectors. These projectors are known for their flexibility, and capacity to fit into any kind of environment seamlessly, whilst offering exceptional brightness and lamp life. They feature wide zoom and throw ranges, and wide lens shift, making it simple to achieve superb image quality even under high ambient light conditions.
With the aid of this technology the University has achieved its aim of delivering highly immersive lecture rooms across their campuses.
University of Worcester, UK
With over a 100% increase in the number of applications in the last five years, the University of Worcester is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. The university is known for its modern learning environment, and the management are always on the lookout for ways to improve the student experience.
Recently, they revamped the major lecture theatres around the university, deploying modern and high quality audio visual systems.
The solutions deployed featured a combination of Sony 2200 ANSI WXGA wide screen projectors, cage mounted 92″ electric screens in 16/9 format, and a wide range of audio visual control equipment. With the projection systems and powerful screens, the learning environments changed drastically, further enhancing the reputation of the institution.
The media school at Bournemouth University has established itself as one of the biggest and best in the UK for people looking to read courses such as Computer Animation and Media Production. To further improve the learning experience, the school recently redeveloped its lecture theatre, bringing in a collection of AV products that make HD media interaction a seamless experience.
Among the products chosen were the Panasonic PT-DZ6700 1080p HD projector, and the SMART ID422W Podium 1080p touch-screen monitor. With this projector and screen, lecture participants in the 70-seat theatre can enjoy high quality learning and media viewing experiences.
With more universities now counting on modern technology in their lecture theatres it is clear that there is a revolution going on in the student learning experience. To remain credible and cutting edge higher education establishments must invest in creating the best, most interactive, most collaborative lecture environments possible. Those that don’t, it seems, will be left behind.