While a distance learning lab comes with many benefits, from planning to execution, it’s a project to take very seriously. This is in part because these facilities have unique technical demands that require the assistance of professional A/V integrators with experience and an understanding of the components required to allow these facilities to operate as intended day in and day out.
Perhaps the single most important aspect of a distance learning lab is its focus on remote education. What separates such facilities from their localized counterpart is the ability for students to learn from afar. This aspect presents unique challenges that professionals with a storied background in related technologies can handle with ease. However, when left to anyone other than experienced professional A/V integrators, an educational facility is taking a significant risk in getting the job done on schedule—or at all.
The following information covers the importance of a properly considered and well-equipped facility, as well as some of the risks associated with approaching these facilities as do-it-yourself projects.
What is a Distance Learning Lab?
A distance learning lab is a facility where students experience the benefits of a research facility while receiving instruction from another location. While the layouts and equipment used in these facilities varies greatly and is dependent upon a variety of factors, one element is generally consistent: the need for a way to remotely communicate with an instructor and/or coordinate with other groups.
These facilities provide a variety of benefits to educational institutions and their students. Indeed, when students and faculty are not restricted to a particular space previously unheard of levels of flexibility are enjoyed across the board, allowing instructors to reach what were some of the most remote areas with ease. Traditional educational barriers are being disrupted with technology that has only become widely available in recent years.
Remote education is generally accomplished in a two-way setup. With this setup, students, instructors, and others can work with one another as naturally as possible. While needs will vary, these displays often share the same core set of requirements: they must be high-definition (in fact, in many cases, they must be extremely high definition), they must be reliable, and they must be long-lasting. While independent scenarios will have a variety of other requirements, getting the two-way communication aspect of these facilities right is without a doubt key to their success.
Getting the Job done Right
Constructing a distance learning lab requires technical expertise that only experienced A/V integrators can provide. Without professionals on the job with a solid background in A/V integration, a focus on efficiency, and an eye for long-term application, educational facilities all too often find themselves running over budget, out of time, and facing a variety of lingering problems.
Ultimately, when it comes to remote educational facilities, the clock is often inherently ticking. It’s a fact that professional A/V integrators understand. With experienced and efficiency-minded integrators on the job, administration can rest easy knowing that their facilities will perform at their optimal capacity.