Some would say technology is driving change within higher education. Others would argue the classroom is in the midst of a transformation and technology is merely along for the ride. Today institutions of higher learning must extend their to include new students beyond traditional locales as a differentiator, while managing dwindling budgets. Regardless of which way you lean, collaboration technology offers several benefits and progressive administrators have taken notice.
For example, Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality &Tourism Management uses collaboration technology to ensure their students receive hands-on experience as they prepare for careers in the hospitality industry. Collaboration technology supports an interactive learning environment where FIU instructors replicate real world scenarios in a high-end kitchen and restaurant as students take on the challenge of working and succeeding in this environment. They can also track student performance across locations. Audio and visual equipment is integrated into the architectural details of the learning space; in fact microphones are virtually invisible to the naked eye. Yet with video collaboration technology students can observe every aspect of a lesson which could range from observing the classmates on the far end as they prepare a full meal to a lecture on French cuisine.
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