Every year technology leaders from across the globe gather at Educause to share best practices and discuss challenges in an effort to advance higher education. And this year the buzz was around video.
Video has become a critical tool for higher education institutions to remain competitive and ensure their graduates are prepared for the competitive global economy of the 21st century.
Cisco announced the release of Cisco® Lecture Vision, a new solution that can help educators create, manage and share educational content with their students. With the increase in learning environments that combine in-person instruction with virtual interaction, universities, such as Lone Star College, Our Lady of the Lakes University and West Texas A&M University have selected Cisco to implement world-class video-enabled learning environments for their students and educators.
During a session at Educause, James Webb discussed how video is being used pervasively throughout the West Texas A&M University campus touching everything from their web presence and learning management systems, digital signage, smart classrooms, and video conferencing. Webb believes that video has helped increase engagement with faculty members and students alike.
Shah Ardalan, the CIO of Lone Star College, also spoke at the show and discussed how the college is using technology to deliver learning to 85,000 students per semester. Cisco Lecture Vision is the engine being used to propagate video assets, in a simple and compelling way.
Video continues to help advance higher education changing the way students learn, how teachers educate, and how administrators collaborate.