With rapid advancements in technology and high-speed internet, collaboration in higher education has transcended geographical boundaries and opened a new world of global learning. With a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, students and educators can communicate and explore new ideas in exciting and engaging ways by using the Microsoft Surface Hub 2S.
There are so many ways the Surface Hub 2S can benefit your university:
- Better engagement in classrooms
- Increased interaction with expert lecturers
- Seamless and simple global team collaboration
- On-demand viewing and sharing
- Making any place a teamwork space with a mobile, cordless collaboration device
University students now have the expectation that universities are able to provide the best technology to help aid learning. This is one of the main drivers for higher education institutions to integrate technology and stay competitive.
Investing in a Surface Hub 2S alleviates these obstacles and minimises disruption to all parties. Surface Hub 2S allows experts to give lectures in specialist fields without placing an economic burden on institutes.
Another issue that universities face is tight budgets that do not allow for integrated smart hubs and they are always seeking an affordable and viable option. Therefore, a highly desirable feature would be the ability to have a mobile smart hub that can be use utilised in any classroom or lecture theatre, without the need for renovation.
The Surface Hub 2S enables lectures to be distributed to the entire student body afterwards as a valuable content piece that can be accessed whenever and wherever needed. Going one step further, adding subtitles will allow students whose first language is not English to absorb the information at their own pace. Additionally, lectures can be given in any language with English subtitles to be more accessible, proving that language is no longer a barrier to learning.
Students benefit by having group meetings that allow multiple collaboration in real time without the need to be in the same room or even the same country. This instant feedback from colleagues enables group work to be both more effective and efficient. Having a large multi-touch screen allows details to be seen clearly and mistakes to be picked up at an early stage, increasing the quality of the content produced.
The smart collaboration screens are an asset to have across any higher education subject as they develop skills needed for career readiness. Final project presentations can be given in a professional manner that would mirror what they would do in industry with clients.
In business-related subjects, students can contribute, annotate and interact within a project in real time when discussing product development, marketing, finance and strategy. This is powerful as information is shared with all team members through programmes like Microsoft Teams and Office 365 – all powered by Windows 10.
“Surgeons can perform operations that are transmitted in real time to medical students sitting in a classroom on the other side of the world”
As technology continues to develop, so do the opportunities to help medical schools innovate in how they prepare students to enter the workforce. A hands-on approach is required in medicine: surgeons can perform operations that are transmitted in real time to medical students sitting in a classroom on the other side of the world. Students can communicate with experts who they previously may not have had access to, demonstrating that you can collaborate from any location to enable global learning.
Video conferencing enables sharing between partner universities over a secure network. Sharing not only improves the outcomes of collaborative sessions, but also helps to build a stronger relationship between the partner institutes.
Smart screens have revolutionised the way students are taught and how teaching is delivered. Technology is empowering collaborative learning and with every new wave of progress it will benefit students who have invested heavily in their education. Universities will be able to reduce spend without compromising on the quality of services they provide to students. Technology should be intuitive, invisible and allow the focus to be on learning.
XMA are leading the way for institutions across the UK to transform their lecture halls into collaborative and interactive learning spaces with Surface Hub 2S, delivering innovative and engaging experiences for students.