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Developing collaboration in higher education

Collaboration - it plays a pivotal role in today's higher educational environments. A collaborative approach to learning develops students' 'soft skills', preparing them for employment. What's more, it delivers a positive learning experience for students. Forward-thinking educators are investing in technology to better prepare students for the workplace. For this digitally-savvy generation, could introducing familiar technology be the common-sense solution to engage and encourage students on their collaborative journey?

The solution should: 

  • Improve collaboration - whether in classrooms, lecture groups or with other remotely based universities 
  • Bring a greater focus on project-based and student-led learning
  • Maximise students' existing digital skills using technology based on familiar tools
  • Equip graduates with a broad skillset, leaving them fully prepared for the working world

Why teach students to be collaborative? 

When students engage in peer-to-peer education and group activities they develop skills and traits that are crucial for the workplace. Higher Education must play a role in introducing the technology that complements traditional teaching methods. In doing so, educators can take students' creativity, critical thinking and collaboration to the next level. 

Studies show that many graduates lack the vital 'soft skills' to help them thrive in the working world. Self-awareness, problem-solving, interpersonal skills and teamwork. All skills that can be achieved through collaboration in education.

Now, there are new ways to educate and inspire the next generation of employees. And there is new collaboration technology to help educators reach that goal. 

A lesson in collaboration

When collaboration is introduced in higher education it demands that students are 'active' rather than 'passive' learners, helping to develop those all-important 'soft skills'. Across all levels of education, interactive learning focuses on the student's experience of the curriculum, rather than the teacher's presentation of it. The right technology encourages group working and peer to peer assessment and drives that shift towards more project-based and student-led learning. 

Developing collaboration in higher education

Student-led learning 

The Nureva Span collaboration system combines cloud-hosted software with unique ultra-wide projection based hardware to bring a different approach to how technology can be utilised in education. Rather than the traditional set up of a screen or whiteboard being the main display at the front of the room, teachers and students can work together on Span's huge interactive canvas, sharing ideas from their devices and engaging in meaningful communication.

Creative Working

Visualising information on a large surface and seeing it all at one time is an intuitive way for people to work together and can assist in many learning situations. The system's fully interactive SSI projectors (choose either the ultrawide 16:6 or full-HD 16:9) can be linked together to create a panoramic workspace that makes it easy to organise content. This rich combination of visualisation and interaction fuels creativity and collaboration in the classroom. 

Collaborative Classrooms

Span software takes the paper tools students are used to - sticky notes, pencil sketches, flip charts - and transforms them into flexible digital versions that enhance the creative process. The expansive virtual canvas can be opened to share ideas, with no barriers or distractions to hold back progress. The cloud-based platform means everyone can create, edit and organise their contribution in real time, at any time. 

Why the Nureva Span System? 

The adoption rate is growing rapidly, with several forward-thinking, global universities investing in Span to inspire students. From Germany's Macromedia University and TU Delft University in the Netherlands, to the University of Missouri College of Education and the UK's London Metropolitan University. Nureva Span can help every student develop the skills they need for future success. Learners can capture their thoughts on personal devices, share them on an expansive canvas and then work with their peers to deepen understanding. Whether it's to amplify the student's voice or build more collaboration into PBL, Span is a technological solution that could provide the extra resource needed to improve collaboration for the next generation of employees.

  • Contribute to the digital canvas from any device at any time
  • Transforms walls in classrooms into a panorama of digital workspace
  • Enables students to work independently or in small groups
  • Creates opportunities to develop soft skills and prepare them for employment
  • Allows collaboration within lecture groups or between universities in any location