How Colleges and Universities Can Use Teaching Studios

Teaching Studios vs. HyFlex Classrooms

Equipped with the right technology, a teaching studio can help teachers feel like they’re teaching a class full of students, even when there’s no one else in the room. This requires a few essential components, which differ from those of a HyFlex classroom.

When teachers work with students in the room and attend class virtually, it’s important to have cameras that capture both the teacher and at least some of the students in class. Microphones should be powerful enough to pick up the instructor’s lecture as well as student questions. In a teaching studio, however, the needs change.

Large screens allow instructors to see all of their students at the same time, making it possible to replicate the in-person experience. To keep things simple and cost effective, an all-in-one video bar is recommended. With this setup, a teacher can easily see all students and talk to them directly, while students have an unobstructed view of the instructor.

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Simplicity is key when designing a teaching studio

When designing a teaching studio, there are a few key things to keep in mind: Identify the location, take inventory of your current technology portfolio, and come up with a thoughtful plan that considers all parts. You may already have solutions on hand that would work well for the space. Taking things mobile using carts with AV equipment can alleviate the difficulties of finding a dedicated space.

Consider user experience and choose technology that is easy to use and familiar to teachers. Selecting technology that instructors are already comfortable with helps minimize user frustration and support needs.

Working with a solution provider like CDW•G can help expedite this process, as we can assess the technology your campus currently uses while designing a system that your instructors will be comfortable using. We can also provide examples of successful setups and facilitate demonstrations of potential technology setups. After deployment, we can work with your IT team to answer any questions, replace equipment, or provide additional information and support.

Diving into teaching studios can be daunting, but starting small, planning ahead, and working with a trusted advisor like CDW•G can help streamline the process.

This article is part of the EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.