CASE STUDY

How Effective AV and Modern Classroom Design Encourage Active Learning

 

About LMU

Loyola Marymount University is a private Catholic university with nearly 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students from diverse backgrounds across two existing campuses, with a third opening in the Fall of 2018. The institution’s seven colleges and schools boast best-in-the-nation programs in film and television, business, education and more.

Spinitar formed an ongoing relationship with LMU as one of the institution’s most trusted vendors. As a go-to partner for audiovisual design, installation and maintenance, we take pride in helping LMU stay up-to-date with presentation and display technologies and contributing to the university’s focus on creating Active Learning Environments.

LMU has three campuses:

  • Main campus is known as the Westchester campus, or simply LMU
  • Law school is in downtown Los Angeles  
  • Brand new 50,000 sq. ft. Playa Vista Campus opening in the Fall of 2018

How Active Learning Transforms the College Experience

In higher education environments, where the lecture format dominates most classrooms, active learning can be a fun and effective way to deliver information to students who can sometimes have a hard time focusing. When students are engaged in active learning activities like peer teaching, problem solving and collaborative learning, they are less likely to be focused on their phone. Of course, the feasibility of integrating active learning techniques in higher education depends on factors like class size, classroom technology, instructor bandwidth and more.

Integrating the right, professional-grade audiovisual tools for your classrooms, meeting spaces and public areas can have huge impacts on quality of learning, student retention and graduation outcomes.

The Challenge

Just like any university in a hyper-competitive higher education landscape, attracting and retaining students is a top priority for Loyola Marymount University. Staying at the cutting edge of audiovisual technology in classrooms and common areas in order to foster an environment of active learning is one way LMU is facing the challenge. Spinitar helps LMU to meet its student attraction and retention goals with ongoing audiovisual projects, technology refreshes and now, a ground-up AV design-build for its new Playa Vista Campus.

In classrooms, training rooms, and common areas throughout LMU’s three campuses, the challenge was to implement a new style of teaching and learning to supplement the traditional lecture format with more opportunities for active engagement.

LMU did away with outdated equipment and failing components by providing their students, faculty and staff with an AV system and technology they can rely on five days a week.

The Solution

Since becoming a partner of LMU in 2015, Spinitar has been able to implement the latest AV and IT solutions with full digital capability. We have provided them with long term warranties for support, service, and reliable technology, allowing LMU to keep up with the classroom technology standards that they continue to implement on the campus.

IT Active Learning Training Room

Through active learning training and technology, IT faculty and staff have the ability to break in to group sessions with their fellow colleagues in-person and via video and audio conferencing. With a simple click of a button, the trainers are able to showcase group work with LMU’s entire IT department on campus and also in remote locations. With the use of video and audio recording conferencing, educators and staff have the ability to reference past lectures and collaboration efforts for later viewing.

View Products Used in this Room

– Teacher’s Desk/Rack w/ AV Inputs/Sources (desktop computer, Apple TV, Kramer via Connect Pro wireless collaboration device)
– (3) HDMI/VGA multi-format transmitter wall plates at each student “pod” station w/local 43” 1080p LCD wall mounted monitor
– (1) front wall mounted 80” 1080p LCD monitor
– 8×8 digital matrix switcher
– 10’ wired touch panel control system with full AV system menu navigation (input/output selection, audio volume up-down-mute, etc.)
– (4) ceiling speakers powered by rack mounted amplifier
– (2) HD USB Webcams w/Mics & HDMI Extenders to the OFE PC, for computer based soft-codec video conferencing

Student Active Learning Classroom

Active learning and technology-based classrooms allow students the opportunity to break in to groups and easily collaborate with their fellow student body. Teachers in these rooms have the ability to showcase the work of their students with the entire classroom and even record lectures and group activities for later playback. In today’s fast-paced learning environment, active learning classrooms are designed to help students engage with one another while sharing and receiving information.

View Products Used in this Room

– The same concept as the IT Department Staff Training Room (see below) with the addition of:
– (2) Side wall mounted Epson short-throw and interactive touch-enabled projectors
– (2) Front wall mounted 70″ 1090p LCD monitors
– EFE HD PTZ camera and ceiling mic with an AV bridge for soft-codec-based video and audio conferencing
– Recording capabilities via an OFE Echo 360 recording appliance in the rack

IT Department Staff Training Room

Through active learning training and technology, IT faculty and staff have the ability to break in to group sessions with their fellow colleagues in-person and via video and audio conferencing. With a simple click of a button, the trainers are able to showcase group work with LMU’s entire IT department on campus and also in remote locations. With the use of video and audio recording conferencing, educators and staff have the ability to reference past lectures and collaboration efforts for later viewing.

View Products Used in this Room

– Teacher’s desk and rack with AV inputs and sources (desktop computer, Apple TV, Kramer via Connect Pro wireless collaboration device)
– (3) HDMI/VGA multi-format transmitter wall plates at each student “pod” station w/local 43” 1080p LCD wall mounted monitor
– (1) front wall mounted 80” 1080p LCD monitor
– 8×8 digital matrix switcher
– 10’ wired touch panel control system with full AV system menu navigation (input/output selection, audio volume up, down, mute, etc.)
– (4) ceiling speakers powered by rack mounted amplifier
– (2) HD USB webcams with mics & HDMI extenders to the OFE PC, for computer-based soft-codec video conferencing
– (2) side wall mounted Epson short-throw & interactive touch-enabled projectors
– (2) front wall mounted 70’ 1080p LCD monitors
– OFE HD PTZ camera and ceiling mic with AV bridge for soft-codec based video/audio conferencing and classroom recording/capture (via OFE Echo 360 recording appliance in the rack)

Classroom Refresh

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View Products Used in this Room

Modeled after the Foley classroom design-build that Spinitar installed in 2015. Prior to Spinitar, the VDA040 was used to be an incubator classroom, first used to explore active learning, mobile furniture, collaboration and engagement, however, LMU wanted to refresh the room with more modern technology.

The Results

Spinitar has now done a total of 34 Projects with LMU, including classroom refreshes, staff training rooms, and our first ground-up project for the brand new Playa Vista Campus, opening in the Fall of 2018. According to Spinitar account manager, Rob Ogulnick, the consistency that the Spinitar team brings and the efficiency of not having to re-learn lessons is a good asset for Matt Frank and the team at LMU. With such a longstanding relationship, Spinitar is able to propose specific projects and approaches based on existing classroom standards, making the whole relationship run much more smoothly.

“Other groups tend to wing it, but Spinitar seemed to have a really organized approach. I appreciated their step-by-step methodology to addressing our problems and needs.”

— Matthew Frank, Associate Director of Classroom and Creative Services

Manufacturers

Additional manufacturers included in this project:

  • Netlinx Controllers
  • DGX Enova Switchers
  • DXlink Transmitter/Receivers
  • Chief Mounts
  • Premier Mounts
  • Extron IN1608 and Crosspoint Switchers
  • DTP Transmitters/Receivers, Amplifiers
  • SMP-351 Recorders and Cable Cubbys
  • DWI Lecterns
  • Mid Atlantic Racks
  • Tannoy Ceiling Speakers
  • Vaddio Roboshot PTZ Cameras, and AV Bridges
  • Biamp TesiraForte DSP’s
  • Shure Digital Wireless Mic Systems (ULXD and QLXD) and MX202WP/C Ceiling Mics

Curious How You Can Encourage Active Learning at YOUR Campus?