UMass School of Nursing Redesigns Their Conference Room to Meet Needs of Students and Faculty
The School of Nursing prepares students to assess and meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and communities through clinical placements in such settings as hospitals, extended care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, schools, senior centers, day programs, and correctional facilities across Massachusetts and throughout New England.
Recognizing more and more business is done online, the School of Nursing decided their conference room was not meeting the needs of the students and faculty. The AV equipment in place never seemed to work properly and the individual pieces of equipment did not work effectively with the other pieces in the room, often needing to be switched out. Dean Stephen Cavanaugh spearheaded the initiative to redesign the current space to meet the needs of today’s educational environment. “To insure we are competitive in the programs we offer, we realized we needed to have an environment to make the technology work so that it didn’t interfere with the learning. We wanted education, not the technology, front and center,” says Cavanaugh. Through a referral from another department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, HB Communications was brought on board to implement the AV upgrade.
- Project duration:
- Two and a half months
- Duration on site:
- Three days
- Interruption of access:
- Manufacturers utilized:
- LifeSize, Samsung, Extron, Chief
When designing the School of Nursing’s conference room, HB’s main focus was to make the room easy to use for all, not just the tech-savvy. The room would be in use outside of normal tech support business hours for classes and meetings, so it was imperative to the school that the technology was simple and functional. After assessing the room’s previous technology and the needs of the school, HB determined LifeSize video conferencing technology would be the best fit. New Samsung screens with Chief mounts were also chosen for the space.
Utilizing winter recess for the installation, HB was able to install and configure the conference room in three days. A week after the installation, Dean Cavanaugh taught a class from England. “There was a major improvement in the quality of both the sound and video,” notes Cavanaugh. He also notes the new technology is simple and clean, which has given students a positive learning experience. Since the upgraded conference room has gone live, the room has been almost fully booked each day.
"To insure we are competitive in the programs we offer, we realized we needed to have an environment to make the technology work so that it didn’t interfere with the learning. We wanted education, not the technology, front and center."
Dean, UMass Amherst School of Nursing