Last week, Sonic Foundry sponsored the Technology in Business Schools Roundtable (TBSr) 2014 Conference.
TBSr provides opportunities for technology leaders in business schools to share best practices and collaborate with colleagues around the world. This year TBSr took place at Boise State University College of Business & Economics, and because Boise State is a Mediasite user, it streamed the entire conference live and on-demand for TBSr members.
Matt McCurdy, Sonic Foundry VP of Education, spoke at the conference about the importance of recording and preserving the knowledge shared in the classroom. Read on for his thoughts on business school trends and what the classroom of the future looks like.
What trends were people talking about at TBSr?
This year it’s all about that classroom of the future — how to effectively plan for what’s next. Obviously you can’t know exactly what’s coming down the pipeline, but there was a lot of discussion around how you can accommodate technology in current infrastructure planning.
Business schools tend to be more cutting-edge with the use and adoption of technology. For example, they’re very interested in multiple video, meaning having several displays of content around the classroom to create a more dynamic learning environment. Business schools were some of the very early adopters of Mediasite MultiView, which accommodates multiple, fully synchronized high definition feeds for critical analysis of student and faculty work.
Among other hot topics were how to effectively use and integrate 4K video — the new resolution standard — and video search and content management, which I presented about. I let attendees know that with video libraries growing at such a fast rate, the future of video is all about having search capabilities and video content management, and that’s exactly what Mediasite does. Mediasite isn’t just lecture capture, it’s a full video content management platform that has a variety of capture options based on need and application.
The business classroom of the future: Are we there yet?
I think part of the classroom of the future is arriving as we speak, and it continues to improve with a wide range of technologies and tools. It’s not always going to be the sage on the stage, traditional lecture. The classroom of the future is going to be a mix of more traditional learning environments but also environments that are conducive to student-led instruction.
Technology needs to be able to accommodate more flexibility in how the instruction is happening. As we move forward, we’re seeing a lot of different methods of instruction, like MOOCs and flipped classrooms, and the technology needs to accommodate those styles.
What do business schools need to keep in mind when choosing new technologies?
When we’re talking about technology, there are two discussions that need to happen. There’s the actual technology that gets integrated into these classrooms, and then there’s the aspect about how to use it to help students succeed. We need to keep the users in mind and make sure the technology is user-friendly.
All too often we talk just about the IT piece. But we also have to weave in the fact that this is intended for instructors and faculty, and we have to encourage them to adopt it. That’s where the role of an instructional designer becomes very important. They understand what the faculty are trying to accomplish and how to use the technology available to help them benefit students and improve outcomes and retention.
A big component of this is the ability to effectively record and create an archive of not only what the instructor is teaching but also the student involvement. There needs to be an accurate record of what takes place in the classroom so it can be used for review and as a reference point.
I enjoyed attending TBSr because it was a room full of very bright leaders in the technology space within business schools. A lot of the education technology trends start in business schools, and this is a great conference to get a sneak peek into that.