By: Donna Metallic Everything we touch today has some sort of video influence, so with this increasing use of technology how will it influence the next generation and how they learn? This blog will highlight technology, aging buildings and how that influences the way education is delivered. The demands from this Next-gen network cannot be handled by out of date buildings. Campuses that are properly wired for video are the digital sources of the future for higher education. These campuses will be the catalysts for making knowledge transfer prolific. And this new student-driven phenomenon is pushing academic video to the forefront of institutions’ technology planning initiatives. We are starting to see the influx already with the number of on-line courses being offered to help offset the skyrocketing cost of higher education. But something is missing in these courses….interaction and collaboration with peers, more on that topic in my next blog. Implementing a next-generation network to meet the ever shifting educational landscape without compromising performance, features or capabilities will take a partnership utilizing the skillset of engineers, architects, interior designers, IT, Video engineer companies and staff to bring it all together. Let’s not forget the most important factor…..Budget! Technology infrastructure has to be in place and how do you get into the old buildings…wireless is certainly helping; but the amount of data that is being forced through the “lines’ is not real fast in uploading large files…too long to upload and the students lose focus. As fast as technology is changing, infrastructure has to be flexible enough to keep up. Knowledge is Power and Sharing of Knowledge is even more Powerful. As collaboration tools are being introduced daily for the on-demand video needs that are essential for creating the best interactive environments. The buildings have to be ready for this type of use. Here is a new product from BARCO. ClickShare button that will enhance a presentation or even getting real time data from the students. Drivers on how the Next-gen live and how on-demand video is perceived by the students and faculty. They want to inspire and be inspired; to learn, to teach, to be heard and be remembered.