To Limit Classroom Disruption, Take a Proactive Approach to Troubleshooting
When all AV technologies are on the network, IT staff members can monitor almost every technology from a remote location and receive immediate notification when something is down.
This enables technicians to proactively check and triage as they troubleshoot microphones, cameras and projectors that aren’t communicating as they should be. If remote troubleshooting doesn’t work, there is time to send a technician to investigate before class starts.
If IT staff are struggling to manage all the institution’s educational technologies — even from a centralized location — consider outsourcing some equipment monitoring to a managed service provider like CDW•G.
More Flexibility and Scalability for Route Switches
Another advantage of AV over IP is that it makes it possible to quickly change classroom configurations; for example, opening or closing a room to make it larger or smaller via air walls.
An IT employee (or even a faculty member) can also reconfigure the room for different classroom sizes or curricula. These can be preprogrammed changes or large changes that occur every semester to accommodate new classes.
In short, AV over IP offers a lot of flexibility for quickly reconfiguring classrooms and managing devices.
To Make HyFlex Classes Work, Support the Infrastructure
AV over IP also provides high bandwidth and low latency, which is especially important now. As COVID-19 variants become an increasing concern, having the ability to custom configure wireless infrastructure to meet bandwidth demands is critical for limiting academic disruption, whether students are in person, synchronous or asynchronous.
Regardless of when the pandemic will end, higher education networks must be prepared to meet the demands of emerging technologies and services.
An outdated wireless infrastructure won’t be able to adapt to the service integrations and emerging technologies that are key to enhancing student experiences. And as smart devices become more popular, the wireless infrastructure will have to handle even more endpoints in the years to come.
To effectively manage the classrooms of the future, IT departments need a forward-thinking strategy.
This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.