Standardize Technology for Ease of Use
When adding new technology to your institution’s ecosystem, make sure your setup is as user-friendly as possible. To accomplish this, it’s best to stick with what the instructors already know how to use.
Simplicity is key. Keep technology as consistent as possible between classrooms and minimize the number of steps it takes to accomplish any task to create a seamless experience for instructors.
A solution provider like CDW•G can help evaluate the technology your campus currently uses to design a system your instructors will feel immediately comfortable with.
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Provide Clear Faculty Training and Documentation
Even if your instructional studio uses the equipment instructors are used to, there still may be a learning curve for teaching in this new environment, so training likely will be required.
Training faculty to use an instructional studio doesn’t always have to involve in-person sessions. Detailed documentation and instructional videos can go a long way toward teaching faculty how to get the most out of the equipment in the room. Creating an instructional video will take up some of the IT staff’s time up front, but it will create efficiencies in the long run and minimize service requests for potential problems that faculty can easily fix on their own.
In-person trainings can be helpful as well, but conduct them as a group rather than individually. Only include the faculty members who will be using the studio and consider getting them together once a quarter to go over any new technology and troubleshoot issues in a group setting.
When designing an instructional studio, combining effective training with proactive planning and equipment standardization will help minimize the burden on your university’s IT staff. The expertise of a partner like CDW•G can provide proactive planning advice and guidance for extra peace of mind.
This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.