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AvayaLive Engage: Transforming the Learning Environment

October 01, 2014

Access to information is one of the key tenets of receiving a great education, and today’s technology makes that possible more than any other time in history. Using a smartphone, tablet or PC, a student can get virtually all the information they need through their school’s intranet or the Internet at a click of a button. The next evolution in education is to create a learning environment in which students can be engaged using the same technology to enhance the educational experience by increasing the interaction and collaboration between students, and teachers and students no matter where they are, so the delivery of education will not be limited. Although static online learning has accomplished that to a certain degree, it is not conducive to keeping students engaged; and that is where the AvayaLive Engage and mobile platform comes in.

LiveEngage is an immersive, collaborative cloud-based application that allows students and teachers to engage as avatars in collaboration sessions with3D visuals, video, and spatial audio within its own virtual classroom environment for an interactive learning and meeting. What this basically translates to is, the limitations of time and distance will no longer be relevant as students from anywhere around the world will be able to take classes from their favorite higher learning institution.

This technology presents new opportunities for the institution as well as students in different parts of the world. Teachers will now be able to engage hundreds of students on a personalized level with on-demand access to resources, and the delivery of online and traditional course options.

One of the schools that implemented AvayaLive Engage in the delivery of online non-degree programs in its Center for Corporate Education (CCE) is the College of William & Mary. This platform was used to extend the school’s curriculum to alumni and business colleagues around the world. Individuals that were taking the course could listen to pre-recorded lectures, attend live interactive sessions led by the professors and engage with other students in small group projects.

Other institutions using the Avaya system include: the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University, which is offering a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Geo-design exclusively through its World Campus; and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics to teach next generation healthcare professionals using virtual environments to engage them in hands-on clinical practices.

“The College of William & Mary is excited about this new endeavor and what it means for working professionals investing in their professional development through higher education. As a 'Public Ivy' institution, a part of our mission also means we make our education accessible to everyone, and AvayaLive helps us do that. We consistently receive positive feedback about the courses from both seasoned and new online learners. For some, they say it's the best online course they have taken,” said Rosanna Koppelmann, executive director, Center for Corporate Education, Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary

As broadband technology continues to be part of the infrastructure in many countries around the world, the limitations of physical location will continue to be less relevant. Whether it is taking a course from 10,000 miles away or getting a consultation using telemedicine, we are heading in to a future with incredible opportunities.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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