Vaddio cameras enrich learning experience at Elon University19 August 2013
Thirty Vaddio cameras used in the Elon’s School of Health Sciences to foster peer and faculty engagement. Widely acclaimed for its engaged learning model, the venerable Elon University in North Carolina stayed true to its mission when it renovated a newly acquired building to house its expanded School of Health Sciences. A state-of-the-art audiovisual system takes faculty/student interaction to new heights for students enrolled in Elon’s Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy programmes. When Elon acquired the former Smithfield Foods building adjacent to the main campus, the stately brick facility required substantial renovation to serve its intended academic purpose. As part of the massive project, university trustees approved the installation of an integrated audiovisual system to create a more collaborative environment for teachers and students. “They’ve really done a great job with this,” said integrator Brian Cox of Audio & Light, which worked with Elon University’s campus technology department to create an affordable, high-quality installation. “Each skills laboratory room contains at least a pair of Vaddio HD-19 pan/tilt/zoom cameras, a ceiling-mounted projector and multiple LCD screens, all operated by a Crestron systems controller.”
The 30 Vaddio cameras used in the Elon’s School of Health Sciences foster peer and faculty engagement. From the anatomy lab to the physical therapy skills lab, high-definition cameras record every classroom interaction and allow students to watch their own and others’ work from a detached point of view. This new perspective makes it easier to identify what they’re doing wrong and, perhaps more importantly, what they’re doing right so they don’t squander precious time practicing skills they’ve already mastered. Instead, students can focus on areas of improvement. Of course, peer-to-peer learning doesn’t constitute the full extent of the robust education Elon provides its health sciences students. As with any higher education program, students in the physician assistant and physical therapist programs rely heavily on instruction from faculty members. The audiovisual system, and the Vaddio cameras in particular, elevate the educational experience while making it highly engaging.
The problem of students at the back of the classroom being unable to see the material being presented up front has been around almost since schools were invented. Elon’s sophisticated audiovisual system overcomes this problem by enabling faculty members to use a PC to project instructional material not only to a screen at the front but to the many wall-mounted monitors in each lab. Since each learner has easy access to a large screen nearby, the information is easily viewed and noted. www.vaddio.com