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Choosing the right display and collaboration technology for higher education

Michael Garwood 13 March 2018

Higher Ed is bustling with all sorts of new applications for display and collaboration technology, both inside the classroom and, increasingly, all over campus.

Display needs are expanding beyond classroom projection to include a wide range of applications, such as collaborative learning, digital signage, 3D visualisation, and high-visibility displays that can support thought leadership (and donations). At the same time, innovation continues to produce new technology options to consider for each of these uses, such as new lampless projectors, evolving LCD panel display options, 4K displays, video walls, and collaboration technology.

Here’s some advice from experts to help you understand some basic rules of thumb for deciding how LCD panel and 4K displays, lampless projectors, video walls, and collaboration technology can be used to suit your specific application needs.

Know your options:

Across campus, technology checklists include displays for classrooms, lecture halls an auditoriums, distance learning, digital signage, large scale presentation set-ups for public spaces and advanced immersive multimedia learning environments.Whether tackling a single room or a campus-wide rollout of video technology, it’s useful to begin by establishing a few display requirements

Projection? LCD? Video wall?

Although it is tempting to assume that bigger is always better, display size and type are actually based on factors of audience size and usage of content. The number of viewers and/or collaborators and their needs for a given space will determine whether to go with an LCD panel display, projection set-up or video wall solution.

“For rooms where there will only be five to six people working together, an LCD panel display of a reasonable size may be more than adequate,” commented Jeevan Vivegananthan, director of product development for business products at Christie.

“But at some point the room size becomes too large, and even an 84-inch display wouldn’t be visible to a room serving 20 or 30 people, such as a small classroom.”

In average-sized classrooms, video projection is “a much more cost-effective way to provide visual support for a larger area,” he notes. A lecture hall or auditorium environment, where you need to reach 100, 200, 300 people or more, projection is the best option.

To learn more, including topics covering Resolution, Brightness, Lamps vs Lampless, LCD panels, Collaboration Tools and Applications, please click here to download Christie’s free white paper.  


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