First-of-its-kind configuration creates 56-feet of interactive learning space
Nureva Inc., an award-winning collaboration-solutions company, announces the world’s largest installation of its visual collaboration systems in a single classroom. The unique configuration is located in an active-learning classroom at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It includes eight Nureva Walls that have transformed the walls of the active-learning classroom into 56′ (17.06 m) of digital workspace. This enhances active learning by providing students with more powerful tools for collaboration and expanded interactive space where they can create, visualize and manipulate learning objects while building knowledge together.
The new classroom has one triple Nureva Wall that creates a 21′ (6.40 m) wide digital space, two dual 14′ (4.27 m) systems and one single 7′ (2.13 m) system, along with cloud-based Span™ software. The result is a richly immersive experience that enables student groups to seamlessly view, interact with and share large amounts of information at the digital wall or from their smartphones, laptops or tablets. Dawson College has 10,000 students and 600 faculty members and is part of Quebec’s unique Collège d’enseignement général et professionnels (CEGEP) network, which includes colleges that provide a bridge between high school and university. While the installation of eight Nureva systems is unique, it’s a natural evolution of the college’s commitment to put powerful interactive learning tools into the hands of students. The college already had two high-tech active-learning classrooms with seven interactive whiteboards for student groups to use for collaboration. The addition of the Nureva classroom brings new immersive capabilities and enriched interactivity to group work, elevating the learning experience for students and enabling them to construct knowledge together on an expansive digital surface.
“We knew the Nureva visual collaboration solution was going to be fun to use, but we didn’t understand how deeply impactful some of the capacities of the technology, particularly Span software, would be as a pedagogical tool,” says Chris Whittaker, physics professor and co-coordinator of the Active Learning Classroom (ALC) initiative at Dawson College. “Some professors who have been in the interactive whiteboard high-tech rooms for years have just been blown away by what they can now do in the new Nureva room.”
“When the Nureva Walls are linked, it feels very immersive, because you’re in one continuous space,” says Elizabeth Charles, educational technology researcher and ALC co-coordinator. “How students might react to the linked canvas on multiple surfaces is a new experience, so we will be exploring that in a research project to learn how it helps people who are working collaboratively.”
“We continue to be impressed by the unique ways our customers use Nureva products to enhance student-centered learning,” says Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO. “We look forward to understanding more about the impact that Span software and the Nureva Wall’s immersive experience will have on active learning and the quality of student collaboration at Dawson College.”
About the Nureva visual collaboration solution
The Nureva visual collaboration solution combines Span software with the Nureva Wall. It is designed to support highly collaborative activities that benefit from visualizing and interacting with information on a large surface, including structured processes such as agile, lean and design thinking. Span software provides an expansive cloud-based digital canvas that can be tailored to suit virtually any collaborative activity. The software draws upon familiar, simple and flexible tools including sticky notes, sketches, images, templates and screen sharing. Participants contribute and interact with the content using their personal devices, whether a computer, tablet or smartphone, or directly on the Nureva Wall or interactive display. The Nureva Wall transforms collaborative spaces by creating large, ultrawide interactive surfaces that turn walls into expansive digital workspaces with high-performance multitouch and inking capabilities. The Wall is optimized for use with Span software that can incorporate users’ preferred applications, including Microsoft® Office, Adobe® products and AutoCAD® software. For more information, visit the Nureva visual collaboration section on the website.
About Dawson College
Dawson College is located in Montreal and is a large, long-established educational institution within Quebec’s CEGEP network. Dawson students, faculty and staff embody a broad spectrum of languages and ethnic origins reflective of the multicultural character of Montreal itself. This diversity greatly enriches all members of the college community by providing a welcoming and stimulating environment in which to learn and work, and where students are prepared to assume their role as productive and responsible citizens of the world. You can learn more on the Dawson College website.
Nureva Inc. is a multiple award-winning private company that imagines and builds solutions for tapping the creative and problem-solving potential of diverse teams around the globe. For businesses, that means enabling the group creative processes that are used to solve problems and develop breakthrough ideas that drive organizational advantage. In education, it means enabling the student-led, collaborative activities that deepen learning and equip students with the skills required for future success. A passion for deep customer understanding and a commitment to innovation drive the company’s product road map. For more information, visit Nureva’s website.