Let great minds think together – with Barco’s collaborative learning solution for higher education

Posted on Jan 5 2017 - 11:26am by Tayla Ansell
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Barco, a global leader in networked visualisation solutions, is proud to present weConnect. This collaborative learning solution for higher education offers an active, lean-forward experience for everyone involved in an educational setting. It gives both teachers and students all the connectivity, interactivity and information exchange tools they need to enable educational institutions to evolve from a teacher-centric to a student-centric experience and make education more engaging.

weConnect allows users to participate in a lecture from the convenience of their own devices

Lectures are transitioning from a lean-back, uni-directional information dump to an active, interactive exchange among all participants. New technology has opened up a vast range of new engagement and collaboration possibilities. And while students and teachers want to bring any personal device (BYOD) into the room and tap into the campus WiFi network to share information and interact more actively, students can also be located anywhere (e.g. in a remote classroom or at home), so the same features need to deliver an on-campus experience to everybody involved. Designed for students who have grown up with mobile technology, weConnect − Barco’s collaborative learning solution for higher education − provides teachers with a new palette of tools for making their preferred teaching methods state-of-the-art.

BYOD-centred
weConnect allows users to participate in a lecture from the convenience of their own devices − not only to share screen content, but to collaborate and interact as well. They can do this in traditional classrooms, active learning spaces (environments that allow groups of students to work together), libraries and other locations on the campus. For example: students can interact with the teacher using their tablets or smartphones; the teacher can issue a poll or a quiz to solicit feedback; remote students can pose a silent question, which other students can Like − the possibilities are virtually limitless…

Consisting of just a couple of simple building blocks, Barco’s weConnect is a cloud-based system, unencumbered by complex infrastructure. All users gain access to the classroom system through a web-based cloud app. The app gives teachers full moderation control of the content shared within the classroom, and students get a close-up view of what is being shown on the classroom displays. Barco’s wireless presentation and display nodes portfolio enables students and teachers to share their information on the central screen or the pod display without any hassle. And both teachers and students experience the flexibility and intuitiveness of the software via the simple browser interface.

Designed for all stakeholders
“With weConnect, we’ve created a system that meets the aspirations of the students, the teachers and the facility managers,” says Wim Barbaix, Business Development Manager Education at Barco. “Students want the comfort, freedom and flexibility that BYOD offers. Teachers want to make their lectures more interactive, and they want to engage both the students in the classroom and the remote students. Last but not least, the facility managers like the way the system integrates with the campus networks and EduRoam, the standardised workflow and interfaces across all rooms, and the minimal support that’s required thanks to the small amount of equipment in the classroom. So, weConnect is perfectly suited for both small campuses and large universities.”

Want to discover all about weConnect? Then join Barco at the Bett show (stand D398), 25-28 January, EXCEL London.

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