Readers of AVTechnology magazine have voted Duquesne’s FlexTech Classroom 600 in Fisher Hall and the Rangos School of Health Sciences’ anatomy lab GoPro system among the best of the best when it comes to technology, pedagogy and enhancing the educational experience for students.
The powers that be at NewBay Media, which publishes AVTechnology, questioned why rankings in education have not yet focused on “how a college or university uses technology…to help students, staff or faculty have a richer learning/teaching experience.” So they invited the readers of the publication to submit their best applications, which readers then ranked and judges “curated.” The winners are featured in the 2017 AV/IT College Standings.
“We were thrilled to find out we were the top applications in two separate categories,” said Lauren Turin, director of the Office of Classroom Technologies. “It is an honor to be recognized for the innovative work we are doing here at Duquesne and we hope to continue to develop creative solutions that improve the classroom experience.”
FlexTech Classroom 600 Fisher Hall was ranked as the top application in the Best In-Classroom Collaboration Environment category for its state-of-the-art technology, problem-based learning and simulations.
Each FlexTech classroom at Duquesne features fixed tables, each with their own resident computer connected to a wall-mounted flat panel monitor with connections for additional devices. Charging stations, writable glass tabletops and green LED blade lighting are among the additional features in each FlexTech classroom.
The anatomy lab GoPro system in the Rangos School of Health Sciences was ranked the top application in the Best Technology Solution That Has Increased Student Engagement category. Thanks to the system, students in the cadaver lab can more effectively view the characteristics of a particular cadaver without taking turns standing around it. A GoPro Hero 4 camera and wireless HDMI transmission allows instructors to broadcast images from any cadaver onto eight 60” LED flat panel monitors around the classroom.
The intent of the 2017 AV/IT College Standings, according to NewBay, is to provide “a service to the community, to call out great new spaces and new applications in schools that can serve as an inspiration to all.”