To combat the steep drop in college enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year, many colleges are planning to continue using the remote-learning technology tools they employed during the pandemic as well as invest in new technology with the billions of dollars in federal funds available through the CARES Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
Matrix Integration, a strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in Indiana, Kentucky and beyond, has been helping K-12 and higher education institutions re-purpose and enhance their technology investment to create a “Classroom of the Future” – a learning environment that applies technology solutions to enhance communication, collaboration and ultimately result in deeper learning.
“Colleges and universities had to adapt during the pandemic, and now it’s a matter of innovating with those tools to stand out in an increasingly competitive environment,” said Reggie Gresham, vice president of sales for Matrix Integration. “Learning and the classroom environment continues to change, but it’s possible to set up classrooms now that will work for both in-person and hybrid situations with components that engage students and increase comprehension.”
Here are three specific classroom technology projects Matrix Integration recommends for higher education institutions that are ready to build their own “Classroom of the Future.”
These projects help improve collaboration and can support everything from daily hybrid learning solutions to showcasing a live specialist or taking virtual field trips. Ultimately, the goal is to build a seamless, fully collaborative learning solution that works both in the short-term as well as the long-term, and that encourages as much interaction between instructors and students as possible.
Getting Up and Running on Short Notice
All of these solutions can be up and running within weeks, and provide flexibility to re-configure and add to as needs change. Institutions that have implemented elements of the “Classroom of the Future” have experienced advantages such as:
For more information on how Matrix Integration works with higher education institutions to develop customized e-learning solutions, please contact Reggie Gresham, firstname.lastname@example.org, 502-242-5309.
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