After assessing the performance of the different video solutions, “Logitech won out based on user experience,” said Reid. “With all the concerns around remote learning, it was a nice comfort factor entering the room and hitting one button to start the meeting. It was important not to overburden teachers with extra technology. Logitech provided a simple elegant solution that they could be comfortable with, in terms of ease of use and reliability.”
Over the course of two months, DTS installed the Logitech Tap touch controller with Logitech Rally Conference Cams in over fifty Appleby classrooms running Zoom Rooms software. “This project was a model in terms of collaboration with Logitech and our AV partner DTS,” said Reid. “We were impressed with their willingness to prototype and test the video systems, and that gave us a level of confidence to move forward.”
Because Appleby also leverages Microsoft Teams in addition to Zoom Rooms, choosing platform-agnostic Logitech products also safeguards their investments for the long-term. “We appreciate the fact that if we change platforms, Logitech products can still meet our needs,” said Reid.
To manage their new classrooms, DTS and Appleby leverage Logitech Sync, a cloud-based management portal that allows them to monitor the hardware and centrally administer firmware updates, without requiring a technician to individually visit and update each hardware product.
“If we put in a system that’s complicated, and we don’t have the resources to support it, that would have been a nightmare,” said Thaer Ontabli, Manager, Infrastructure and Cyber Security.”
“Feedback has been really favorable in terms of the student experience,” said Sampson. “What we’ve tried to do with Logitech and Zoom is recreate those personal experiences happening in class before we went remote. It’s made a huge difference.”
“When we launched, it was great to see the Zoom Logitech rooms come online that first morning,” added Reid. “We could see the number of attendees, and the number started to grow over the day. We’re running classes up to seventy minutes, and those classes are recorded and shared with students in different time zones, who are able to access those videos at different times of the day. In terms of throughput and reliability, we were just overwhelmingly pleased with the performance. Our students really feel connected, despite the current circumstances.”
With the investments Appleby has made in their HyFlex classroom, Appleby is also exploring ways to expand the use of video beyond campus, and exposing students to virtual guest lecturers and experts in specific fields, while continuing the innovation for which Appleby is known.