Indiana University Wanted to WOW! Student Prospect and Engage Current Learners
Franklin Hall at Indiana University is a prominent tour stop for visitors and prospective students. It features an impressively large two-story open commons and is an iconic branding image for the university. The Media School calls it “home,” and it was in need of a makeover.
The focus was on creating an experience that would engage students, ‘stick’ with them and encourage them to return to experience it again. The technologies deployed needed to enable students to interact with the content - and with each other.
The backend technology provides for more than a simple viewing experience. Students and faculty are able to interact with the digital wall using a variety of inputs, including laptop PCs, cable boxes and a gaming cart with the most up-to-date gaming consoles. Several content sources, including a live feed from the adjacent student control room and digital signage from the campus network, can all be displayed on the screen. Several images can be displayed simultaneously, resized and reconfigured by recalling selected layouts or presets on the touchpanel. There are three input locations where users can plug into the system. These local connection spots also allow for the custom credenza that houses the Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U gaming consoles to move around the space.
“You walk into the space and you know it's a space to collaborate” -Julie Johnson, Director of Learning Spaces at Indiana University Bloomington
“WOW,” typically is the summative expression many use when entering the space. Most say it’s not something you expect to see in a higher education lobby. The digital display is crystal clear, bright and easily viewable even in its high ambient light space. Students say that the display’s “floating look” - even though it is suspend by aircraft cable above, feels very “futuristic.” The IU Media School team can display customized messaging with their internal digital signage platform. At that same time, the all-important IU Hoosiers sporting games are a mere click away, when needed.
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