Education isn’t a place

  • Unified communications help bring faculty, administration, and students together.
  • A more personal learning experience is possible with today

It’s been said that work is no longer a place. The same can be applied to education. The romantic image of red brick universities and quaint community schools now has to be framed within a new era for education created by technology innovations.

Today, we have a third generation of digital natives using information and communication tools that can support both their personal and student life with a combined effect that is greater than the sum of the parts. And of course, it’s reflective of the world they enter after finishing their education.

For educational establishments, there are huge gains to be made from unifying knowledge, communication, and processes between faculty, administration, and students with Unified Communications (UC).

Imagine a richer learning experience

For the faculty, imagine access to a teacher or lecturer that’s not confined to a physical space or fixed times. For administration, using unified communications tools like Presence and Single Number Reach, they can communicate and coordinate events, meetings, announcements, and schedules in real-time and with accurate knowledge of resources. For students, it can mean a richer, more personal learning experience, spontaneous study groups, virtual lectures, and that all-important capability to manage time and deadlines.

Think even bigger, and you can imagine distributing knowledge and expertise to a global audience of education professionals and students. The operational cost pressures of the physical campus or school can potentially be reduced and new revenue streams could flow from franchised knowledge and learning. What’s more, it can help create a level playing field for establishments to compete for students and funding.

Todd Smith UC Senior Marketing Manager AT&T About Todd