Universities' media and classroom technology investment driven by innovation
Technology innovation is key for attracting universities’ investment in classroom technology, AV and media equipment. Together with faculty demands, the availability of cutting edge resources takes highest priority when deciding where to invest funds. These were the top findings from research carried out by Lorensbergs at the SCHOMS (Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services) 2016 annual conference, with nearly 90% of attendees in agreement.
Investing in the latest innovations supports universities’ move from analogue to digital technologies. It also reflects and supports changes in course design and the introduction of new courses. Many felt strongly about the need for technology investments to boost their institutions’ competitiveness with other universities, although the survey findings indicate that ambitions vary between universities in using technology to increase student satisfaction and institution attractiveness.
“With the student intake cap lifted last year and the high price tag for students enrolling in degree courses, competition between universities is intensifying. It’s interesting to see how universities are using technology and new resources to enhance learning outcomes and ultimately their status,” commented Anna Crilly, Managing Director at Lorensbergs. “We’re committed to supporting universities in managing their resources and increasing ROI, whatever the level of their investments.”
About Lorensbergs (www.lorensbergs.co.uk)
Lorensbergs offers a range of market-leading software solutions with expert advice to match. Our range of intelligent and customisable PC booking and online booking solutions, netloan and connect2, have been designed to streamline booking processes and improve efficiencies in public authorities, libraries, universities and colleges. Lorensbergs offers consultancy services and training, working closely with our customers to enhance service provision for library and public service users and patrons.