ALTT White Paper Series Challenge #3: how do we get the most lifespan out of our investment?

One of the biggest challenges in implementing new active learning technology in your organization is to make sure that your new active learning solution is as future proof as possible. How do you ensure that your investment in technology does not become obsolete in just a few years?

The issue of future proofing was explored at the 2019 Active Learning Technology Tour - an event that T1V hosted in February 2019 at Texas A&M University. 

The event spanned two days and allowed participants from all over the country to explore the state-of-the-art education building, the Zachry Engineering Education Complex.

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Zachry is one of the largest active learning deployments in the country, featuring 38 active learning studios, 10 collaboration rooms, and 13 mobile carts -  all powered by T1V ThinkHub Connect active learning technology. 

T1V has condensed the discussions and learnings from ALTT into key takeaways about the top 10 challenges in active learning and how to solve them. 

In this blog series, we will continue to explore the particular issues that arise when deploying active learning spaces and discuss best practices on how to solve them: like different ways to respond to pushback from your team in order to get them on board with new active learning technology and exactly who to involve in the process and how to plan out your space.

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The cost of upgrading rooms with the latest technology can require significant investment in terms of infrastructure and labor. Room layouts change and cables and data requirements change. There are even factors outside of your control that drive future trends in technology - such as developments in mobile technology that your students bring into the classroom, for example. 

The key to future-proofing an active learning technology system is to seek out software-based solutions, as hardware-based solutions tend to become outdated more quickly. 

Leaving room for growth within your technology solution means that students and faculty can develop along with your active learning environment. 

In the ALTT White Paper, we highlight exactly why hardware-based solutions can be problematic and what questions to ask regarding the implementation of software-based systems.

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