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of co-creation, and Mersive Solstice
Pods helps us realise this,” continued
Dr. Jeffery. “A member of staff from
The Faculty of Business and Law uses
a wheelchair and this technology has
also provided them with the ability to
move freely around the classroom and
present from anywhere within the
space, rather than having to be tethered to the technology at the front of
the room with wires. The teaching
space also has a low level height adjustable whiteboard that he is able to
write on, with a camera that relays this
content to the students in real time.”
DMU’s new Vijay Patel building is the
centrepiece of a £136 million Campus
Transformation Project, bringing art
and design together into a striking
building that provides the space and
facilities for students and staff to develop new ideas. The front of the
building is adorned with a 76 square
meter landscape LED video wall utilising a Mersive Solstice pod to share
up-to-date videos, information and
events within the public space. During
open days, staff are able to throw relevant content up onto the wall in real
time as the need arises – though this
facility is carefully controlled using a
password.
The Collaboratory is a multi-use space
where technology and creativity come
together to support and develop innovative approaches to learning and
teaching. Often used for staff training
and development sessions, it is particularly useful for running small group
workshop style activities, and the inclusion of the Mersive Solstice Pods to
incorporate an interactive digital component, enhances what can be delivered in the space.
DMU has also ensured the content presented on the Mersive device can be
captured by the lecture capture solution (DMU Replay) within any of these
classroom spaces, adding to the Unified Design for Learning (UDL) initiative
and ensuring that students can review
the teaching experience independent
of the device used for presentation.
Mersive Founder and CTO Christopher Jaynes added, “It is really exciting to see how customers grow with
Solstice once they have put it in. We
are excited about the way that De
Montfort University is using Solstice to
transform its teaching to all students,
and particularly to improve its support
of disabled students and staff. We are
actively working with Dr Jeffery and
his team to help them make full use of
new capabilities of Solstice as we roll
them out.”
“We are a dynamic University and
Mersive is helping us to achieve our
vision of providing the highest quality
spaces for academics and students and
offer them the opportunity to think
outside the box,” concluded Dr Jeffery.
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