Integrating AV Technologies In Education For Enhanced Learning Outcomes

Holding an MBA in Marketing from Alliance Business School, Rishubh is an experienced business professional boasts a resourceful 16 years long career. He joined Christie Digital in in 2008, prior to which he held the role of Business Analyst at Satyam Computers. In a recent conversation with Silicon india, Rishubh shared his thoughts on AV technologies and their impact on the education landscape today. Below are a few key extracts from the exclusive interview

How are AV technologies enhancing students’ learning outcomes?
Advancements in AV technology have completely transformed the way education is being offered and consumed. There have been numerous ways in which AV has improved student engagement and learning outcomes. For instance, in a visual & interactive training setup, AV technologies have enabled institutions to present information to students in various engaging formats such as videos, images, and interactive simulations using projectors or LCD/LED displays. As a result, AV technology is playing a critical role in encouraging students to actively involve themselves in the learning process be it via interactive whiteboards, VR or Educational apps.

AV also enables exploration and manipulation of content which in turn helps the students to develop essential soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and many others. Today, educators are also able to personalize learning content as per every student’s needs and learning abilities by leveraging AV technology in an effective manner. Today, we have numerous Adaptive Learning Platforms which analyze the performance of each student across diverse subjects and accordingly personalize their learning modules. Also, AV has enabled educators to bring real world scenarios into the classrooms via virtual field trips, guest lectures via video conferencing, simulations in VR laboratories and many other mediums. This has enabled students to experience first hand various industry scenarios. Although AV technologies offer humongous number of benefits, implementing them into education comes with its own set of challenges the major one being the overall costs associated with it.

Today, projection technology has enabled educators to offer the most effective immersive experiences by producing realistic visual effects that engage the users in a virtual environment, thus resulting in an enhanced engagement levels

Briefly explain how AR/VR can enhance the efficiency of AV technologies in education.
AR/VR technologies no doubt play an integral part in today’s digital world, and projection technology is no different, as it plays a significant role in enriching the educational experience of the students. Today, projection technology has enabled educators to offer the most effective immersive experiences by producing realistic visual effects that engage the users in a virtual environment, thus resulting in an enhanced engagement levels. To summarize, projection technology heightens the realism of virtual spaces and foster a greater sense of existence within the digital world. Additionally, it also enables real time interaction in AR/ VR, wherein users can manipulate the projected content easily by adding different elements and changing scenes.

Tell us about the importance of training and upskilling the educators to utilize AV technology effectively.
Being in the industry for close to four decades now, AV technologies especially the projection systems have proven their mettle in enhancing the learning experiences of students to a great extent. However, to ensure that this technology is utilized to its maximum potential, educators must mandatorily possess the knowledge that is required to effectively operate these systems. Comprehensive training programs that cover AV technology basics, integration of curriculum, effective teaching strategies with the essential AV tools and hands-on & practical training in real life classroom scenarios are some of the key measures that can enhance the educators’ skills to a great extent. Also, every educational institution must have a dedicated support team that will assist teachers in any queries that they might have while utilizing the tech systems. However, it is important for educators to carefully analyze the overall associated costs before selecting the AV tool to integrate into their learning models.

What is the role of AV technology in developing digital literacy and technology skills among students?
As a global visual technology company, we strongly believe that AV technology plays a significant role in fostering digital literacy and developing essential tech skills among students by seamlessly integrating visual and interactive elements into their learning processes. AV also empowers students to navigate through the digital landscape and master cutting-edge tools that will help them immensely in the long run when they start pursuing a career or opt for higher studies.

What does the future hold for AV technology integration in education?
We firmly believe that AV technology empowers students to engage with educational content, develop creative thinking, and have diverse perspectives about each subject. Going forward, AV technology will no doubt bring-in huge disrupting in education. To be sustainable and provide an ecofriendly solution, there will be an increased focus on ecofriendly AV products and technologies. Also, Artificial Intelligence is all set to revolutionize AV technology in education by offering intelligent tutoring systems and data analytics for personalized learning. Furthermore, AV technology is seamlessly supporting hybrid learning by combining in person and online classes, which has made education more accessible to all students.