Last month we were delighted to sponsor the SCHOMS 2015 conference and visit Leeds Beckett University to exhibit with the connect2 resource booking and access management system. Working with over 50 universities in Europe and US, Lorensbergs is always keen to follow and learn more about the ever-changing academic landscape and, as the ‘Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services’, the event provides a unique opportunity to engage with colleagues specifically from the media, AV and technology environment.
Clearly a well-regarded and popular event, SCHOMS welcomed around 25 exhibitors many of whom brought along some impressive innovations in AV technology. It was already a warm summer’s day and the mid June temperatures were boosted by the heat from all the AV tech – you could say it was a hot event in more ways than one!
A number of the universities who attended are existing users of the connect2 system and it was great to speak to our customers about how the software is being used at their institutions as well as meeting some new faces. Connect2 is used for a vast array of different resources and it’s safe to say that no two university departments use it in exactly the same way. Each university has its own approach to managing student borrowing of equipment, or support different demands for booking study spaces or training activity. Likewise, each conversation with prospective customers is different – and with around half of all delegates stopping by to find out more about what we have to offer, there was a lot to discuss and learn about.
We also attended some very interesting sessions and from the openness of the discussions it's clear that technology is only part of the picture. More so it’s the understanding of effective learning behaviours and collaboration of roles that’s at the core of what’s being discussed, e.g. how can lack of eye contact be compensated for in distance learning?
Sessions ranged from an overview of the University of Technology, Sydney, to a panel session on the challenges of new and emerging technology in the classroom. Loughborough University gave a thought-provoking presentation on the importance of informal learning areas, looking at how they need to be strategically and operationally managed given their huge value and popularity. There were plenty of questions coming from the audience throughout the sessions and interesting responses from the speakers.
Overall SCHOMS 2015 was a well organised and insightful event – we look forward to continuing our conversations with the new connections we made, and see how connect2 resource booking can improve ways of working and support students and staff.