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Supporting Hybrid Learning At Loughborough University Using WolfVision Systems

WolfVision at Loughborough University

Loughborough University offers academic excellence in a wide range of disciplines, from sport and exercise science to engineering, business and the arts, and it is top 7 in every university league table in the UK. It has an international reputation for sporting excellence, including performance, facilities, expertise and working partnerships. In the 2016 Olympics, winning 12 medals, including 5 golds meant that if Loughborough University was a country it would have been in 17th place on the medal table!

A WolfVision customer for more than 12 years, Loughborough uses WolfVision document cameras as a standard in 130 standard teaching spaces. Installed in classrooms of all sizes, around 200 WolfVision cameras are in daily use including VZ-8, VZ-8neo, VZ-3neo, and EYE-14 models.

All installed document cameras are linked to Microsoft Teams to enhance the online remote, and hybrid teaching and learning experience. Simply using the document camera as a source, transforms lesson content and enables ‘live’ on-screen materials to be easily added to MS Teams sessions as required. Document cameras are mounted directly onto the lectern, and are used together with WolfVision dry-erase working surfaces, which not only allows for the display of physical materials, but also facilitates high-quality display of ‘live’ handwritten content. Lecture capture also plays an important role at Loughborough, and all document cameras are linked to the Panopto video platform, providing an excellent way to make high-quality recordings of any handwritten notes that are displayed on-screen during classes.

“The quality and build of WolfVision products is excellent, and in my experience, far exceeds any competitor products we have tested. We continually assess the market to see if alternatives are available, but WolfVision always stands out. Their document camera and Cynap products are intuitive to use, easy to setup, reliable and built to last. They are essential tools in our classrooms.” Aaron Turlington-Smith. AV Manager, Loughborough University.

Loughborough University has also standardized on Cynap Pure wireless presentation systems from WolfVision, with currently around 40 installed appliances. These are used for wireless BYOD presentations from smartphones, laptops, and tablets, primarily in the library, student study pods and other collaborative classrooms. Cynap Pure’s ease of use and wireless BYOD connectivity has helped to significantly reduce maintenance calls and further installations are planned for other teaching spaces in the next few months.

Looking to the future, with the current trend towards online and hybrid learning modality, as a Panopto user, the new Cynap Core Pro with its Panopto compatible interface could be a possible solution as Loughborough explores ways to further improve the quality of its recorded content materials. The ability to add multi-source digital media, plus camera sources into lecture recordings could potentially provide the next step in further enhancing the teaching and learning experience for both face-to-face and remote lesson participants.

See our website for more information: https://wolfvision.com/en/case-study/loughborough-university-in-person-remote-hybrid-learning-using-wolfvision-systems

Sound & Communications: March 2021 Digital Edition
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