By Carys Green, Regional Sales Manager, Integrated Systems, Shure
Without doubt, we’re seeing a revolution in education. Flexible learning solutions will become the norm and remote learning is here to stay. Whether it’s a teacher lecturing remote students, students in a classroom listening to an instructor from a satellite location, or lecture capture for later viewing, the audio quality of these applications is crucial to ensure learning excellence for each student.
Discussion is an essential element of most course content and a remote lecture with poor audio quality is not good enough. The questions and student discussions in class can also support comprehension of complex topics. Audio clarity is vital. Each participant should be able to speak with and hear everyone else — requiring full room coverage and clear audio processing. This is especially relevant in the now-familiar hybrid learning scenario of students both in the room with a professor and watching remotely on the far end of a video conference call.
There is also a lot more required from an Audio Visual (AV) system now than a ‘traditional’ system that would have been in operation only a few years ago – flexibility, reliability, intuitive interface – these are all key requirements, along with superior audio quality. A bonus to the new AV technology now being deployed within the education environment is the ability to record lessons, known as ‘lecture capture,’ providing essential information for a student’s reference material and faculty to create new lesson plans and online modules.
Voice lift systems, once reserved for corporate boardrooms, has also had a major impact within the sector. The ability to amplify the voice in a natural, effective manner from participants sat socially distanced from each other in a large room, plus engage with students who may be collaborating remotely with intelligible, crystal clear audio, has not only helped meet health guidelines implemented post pandemic, but revolutionised the way lessons are now communicated, creating a much more balanced, comfortable learning experience for both student and academic.
The education sector has now witnessed the benefits of this new video conferencing technology and it’s unlikely to be a fleeting moment, rather an awakening of the possibilities now on offer to both faculty and student. At Shure, we envisage further adaptation and development, with the investment coming from the education sector driving AV technology forward to create the classroom environment of the future.