HOW TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT LOW COST MULTIFUNCTIONAL ROOMS, DESIGNED FOR FLEXIBLE USE AND SEVERAL SCENARIOS, INCLUDING LOCAL AND DISTANT COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION
Sør-Trøndelag University College (NORWAY)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:HERD project QIMSEE . (Quality Improvements of Master Programs in Sustainable Energy and Environment) is a project funded by the Norwegian foreign ministry. The projects members are eight universities (Trondheim, Belgrade, East Sarajevo, Tuzla, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Podgorica, Skopje). The aim of the project is to improve the quality of education at Master's programs by creating similar curricula and content. The need for a common technological platform and standards for cooperation and communication is crucial. An important part of the project will be to design and implement local facilities, which support several types of learning scenarios and communication. A multifunctional room needs to be set up at each location to support several learning scenarios. It should support both local activities like ordinary classroom teaching, local group work. But in addition the possibility to have a professor in Norway, talking to student located at the other universities. Also group communication between universities with audio/video and shared workspaces, should be an option. The goal is to design a flexible room with good quality acoustics, light, colors, furniture and AV system to fulfill all these different demands and functions. This paper will present a guide in how to design these type of rooms, and to make a low cost effective solution.
Keywords: Future classroom, multifunctional rooms, AV design, communication and collaboration, shared workspaces.