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Providing Multimedia Lecture Room Services
SummaryMultimedia technology is here to stay. New students are growing up in an increasingly computerised, multimedia world and will expect nothing less from educational establishments. Aside from the gimmicks, new technologies do offer the chance to improve the quality and flexibility of higher education. However, the implementation of such technologies will require a significant investment.
New building and refurbishment of existing facilities should be done with this in mind, and computing and AV staff should be consulted at an early stage. Equipment must be chosen with care to provide both value for money and technological durability. Leasing should be considered as an alternative to purchase, providing predictable maintenance expenditure and a viable upgrade path.
Finally, no amount of capital investment will be worth while without a commitment to further annual resources to provide training and support across departments.
Further ReadingManaging, Delivering and Supporting Lecture Room Services for the Multimedia Age. AGOCG Workshop, Loughborough. 28th April 1997
Multimedia Presentations Workshop Report AGOCG Workshop, Manchester. 9-10th April 1996
Choosing an LCD projector. Sue Cunningham, Manchester Visualization Centre, University of Manchester.
Institutional Support for Multimedia Classrooms A Two Year Study, 1993-95 Kathy Christoph, Brian Duffy and Tom Wise, Division of Information Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master Classrooms: Classroom Design with Technology in Mind. Kathryn Conway, The Institute for Academic Technology, University of North Carolina
Students Assess Computer-Aided Classroom Presentations Dr. Martha C. Sammons, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Higher Education in the Learning Society (The Dearing Report). National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, July 1997
Barker, P.G., (1996). Tools to Support Electronic Lectures, Aspects of Educational Technology - Volume XXIX: Implementing Flexible Learning, edited by C. Bell and A. Trott, Kogan Page, London.
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