Devices assist the college with expanding the classroom and providing access and efficiency.
In higher education, videoconferencing and telephony have helped to push the boundaries of what a traditional classroom might be. At Michigan State University, telepresence robots let distance students participate in hands-on experiences. Cisco videoconferencing tools allow San Jose State University students to meet with industry professionals and assist students in Vietnam. Interactive displays make it possible for entire classroom collaboration — including students from afar.
These possibilities fueled the University of Michigan’s desire to increase the use of videoconferencing and collaboration tools across campus.