July 6, 2022 | Bea Lim
AV in higher education has never been more important than in today’s day in age. The level of investment colleges are willing to make to provide students, faculty, and staff with the latest technology solutions plays a major role in student enrollment, retention, and one's overall interest in obtaining a higher education. Providing current and prospective learners with easy-to-use, reliable, and exciting technology is being factored into the institution's overall success for student achievement.
Knowing the role technology plays in higher education, AV staff members throughout every campus worldwide are faced with the question – how do we keep up with the ever-changing technology on campus, in the classroom, and at home? Living in a hybrid world for education, institutions are focused and determined to provide students with exciting and vibrant technology where they can collaborate with one another and be excited about the campus culture they've invested in for their future.
One way universities and colleges are bringing the excitement back to campus is through the use of LED video walls. Direct-view LED technology has the power to engage the consumer deeply (in this case, the students, faculty, staff, or campus visitors). Capable of stopping one in their tracks, LED video walls are being built on campus to deliver announcements, artistic imagery and video, wayfinding solutions, and more. In an effort to improve the stakeholders' experience, higher education institutions are leaning on LED technology to excite, retain, and attract new visitors to their institutions.
To understand more about how LED video walls positively impact schools worldwide, let's take a closer look at what DvLED is and how this solution can improve your campus culture.
What is a direct-view LED video wall?
Video walls are composed of Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) as pixels assembled on PCB boards called modules. These LED screens are extraordinarily efficient, as each section is responsible for producing and emitting its light. Direct-view LED video walls are made up of dvLED tiles that connect to form a wall, with content displayed as if it were a single screen.
This display system includes hardware that provides a hub to control the video wall and add inputs such as live feeds, cable boxes, edited files, and more. The production of this seamless LED canvas allows universities to display high-detail content with stunning contrast ratios, vibrant colors, and brightness levels.
Direct-view LED displays can also be created in any size, including massive lengths of 100 feet or more, making them the perfect choice for indoor and outdoor spaces. The solutions are versatile and reliable and make for a seamless communication experience in the higher education space.
Here are three ways LED video walls can improve your school:1. Assist in the recruitment and retention of students.
Incorporating advanced technology that generates a "wow factor" on campus sets the tone for how new and returning students perceive the institution's level of innovation. Modern and contemporary or old and outdated… (Which one are you?)
To stay competitive, school officials must realize that technological advancements have become essential in higher education. In today's modern digital world, students expect the latest innovations to be available at their fingertips.
DvLED displays provide digital wayfinding solutions that could heighten the experience and boost the comfort of people interested in applying to your school. For example, a campus map might draw the attention of wandering visitors and guide them to different destinations on school grounds.
Large-scale LED video walls can serve as a modern greeter and information hub for new and returning students. When digital wayfinding and visitor information is shown clearly on a high-quality LED display, it could significantly impact someone's visit.
While video walls are typically large in scale, they don't always have to be. LED technology can come in many shapes and sizes. The output from LED technology can serve multiple use case scenarios; whether used for communication, collaboration, or visual aid, LED technology is a pivotal solution to consider when planning for the recruitment and retention of students.
2. Increase collaboration and communication between students and educators.
LED technology allows students to consume information on a grand scale. Changing the dynamics in the classroom, LED displays have become the new-age blackboard for information.
These displays help to create a dynamic, interactive, and hands-on educational environment that promotes research, and active learning and bolsters collaboration between faculty and students.
A high-resolution LED display could be installed in a lecture hall, providing quality visual aids to students from anywhere in the classroom. This feature allows educators to teach from the display and is appealing to students both in the classroom and at home.
Video walls have entirely transformed the way teachers teach, in addition to how students learn – making this dynamic solution a staple in higher education.
3. Enhance the student campus experience.
Digital signage takes student engagement to the next level with eye-catching visuals to capture students' attention at first glance, enticing them to engage with the content displayed on the big screen.
LED technology provides compelling visuals that promote and motivates students to participate in educational programs, extra-curricular activities, and upcoming events. Creating custom content on a large scale is guaranteed to resonate with students, staff, and campus visitors when delivering important information or entertaining content. Using vibrant, direct-view LED technology to communicate campus initiatives, announcements, and social media feeds (to name a few) is considered common practice nowadays in the higher education space.
Examples of school content displayed on video walls:
- Contact information
- Social media handles and updated feeds
- Deadline dates
- Reminders of special events
- Holiday reminders
- Sports events
- Conferences and special speakers
- Concerts and performances
- Emergency information
- Menu boards for dining rooms
- Honor roll and other academic recognitions
- Student artwork (such as paintings, craftwork, and best-graded projects)
- Athletic content, videos, stats, player pictures, highlight reels
The benefits are endless with DvLED installation!
LED displays allow students to be engaged and informed about campus events and important updates in real-time. This powerful upgrade in technology could generate millions of dollars in revenue by attracting more students, staff, and visitors to enjoy the modern technology solutions the school campus has to offer.
Today's audiovisual systems are designed to support the higher education space and meet the needs and expectations of potential and current students, their parents, faculty, and staff — both on and off-campus. University staff must commit to providing the latest technology trends our digital world has to offer – a world that's constantly evolving at a rapid speed.
The system design must support hybrid learning, student engagement, and collaboration among students and staff, keeping everyone connected, no matter their physical location. You can impress your current and future students, sponsors, alumni, and other guests with the installation of LED displays and video walls.
LED has become more affordable and accessible than ever. Spinitar has the tools and expertise to help you display wayfinding solutions, important announcements, and solutions that can help enhance the experience on campus.