Congratulations to the following Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2022 winners in the category of "Higher Education":
Best of 2022 Higher Education
AVer Information TR333V2 AI Auto Tracking Camera
The AVer TR333V2 30X 4K AI Auto Tracking Camera features include a 30X optical zoom and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can track the presenter without the need for a camera operator. The judges called it “a professional grade remote learning camera designed for higher education lecture halls and for professors that don't want to be videographers as well.”
BenQ RP03 smart board
The BenQ Board RP03 smart board features single sign-on, cloud access, screen sharing, split-screen, screen recording, and annotation tools, as well as a germ-resistant interactive display. Our judges liked that professors can use the board to record lessons and to spark learning.
ClassLink ClassLink Suite
ClassLink Suite provides access to a number of ClassLink tools. These tools enable single-sign-on access, streamlined class rostering, and more while also providing educators with actionable analytics. The technology is used by more than 18 million students and staff in more than 2,400 school systems. The judges called the tool "a great value.”
Compro Technologies Engage-Digital Learning Platform
This learning platform is designed for publishers and content providers to deliver digital content to students and instructors in an efficient manner and includes a complete digital publishing suite. The judges said, “A valuable platform for organizations to use to deliver their content in an effective way.”
Crestron Electronics, Inc. DM NVX® AV-over-IP
The DM NVX® AV-over-IP is designed to provide a superior gaming experience for both esports players and viewers. The tool also has specific models that support higher education applications. “The manageability and flexibility is excellent, as well as ease of installation and low network latency,” said our judges.
Gale, Part of the Cengage Group Gale Digital Scholar Lab
The Gale Digital Scholar Lab, a.k.a. “The Lab,” is a cloud-based tool that helps students and faculty members access and analyze Gale primary source material with its powerful search function that makes utilizing historical texts more accessible. “This tool allows the user to access primary sources in a unique way,” said the judges. “Research using this platform can save time and allow for greater collaboration.”
iSpring Solutions iSpring Suite
iSpring Suite is a tool for creating interactive courses, video lectures, tests, role-play simulations, and flipbooks that can be utilized as a PowerPoint add-in. Content created in iSpring Suite can be used with different learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and Canvas. The judges said the product would definitely help faculty members move their courses online or improve existing online courses.
Muzzy Lane Muzzy Lane Author
Muzzy Lane Author is designed to be a scalable online authoring platform that enables instructional designers, instructors, trainers, and other educators, to create online simulations and auto-assessments that foster academic and/or professional growth. “This product is a great value that has the features and support to [help educators] move to online instruction or improve your current online program,’ said the judges.
PeopleAdmin Faculty Information System, Course Evaluations, and Teaching Assignment Management System
This tool is designed to create an ecosystem for faculty that reduces administrative burden and helps with everything from managing course evaluations to onboarding new faculty. “There is a great need for this type of technology in the higher ed space,” the judges said. “This tool helps to make information accessible and frees up time for faculty to focus on student outcomes.”
Planar Planar® MGP Series LED Video Wall
The Planer MGP LED Video Wall series of fine-pitch LED video wall displays left our judges impressed. “The video wall provides spectacular HD and 4K resolution over a very large area in classrooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums,” they said. “The Planar MGP Series allows education facilities to implement a video-wall technology and elevate viewing experiences without breaking the bank.”
Samsung Samsung Interactive Pro (Model Name: WMB)
The Samsung Interactive Pro is an interactive display available in 75- or 85-inch versions that can be connected with up to 50 devices at a time. “Not only does this Interactive Panel by Samsung offer stunning, vibrant displays of life-like content for learning, but this product is amazingly versatile in accepting content from many curriculum companies,” said the judges.
Screencast-O-Matic is an all-in-one screen capture, video creation, media management, and sharing tool for higher education that can help educators foster engagement and interactive learning as well as prepare flipped lessons. “This is a great product with a full feature set at a very affordable price,” said the judges.
Shure Incorporated Stem Ecosystem
Shure’s Stem Ecosystem customizable audio options include wall and table speakerphones, a ceiling microphone, and utilizes a recent firmware v2.5 update. The judges were impressed with the ease of use of the tool. “The Shure Stem Ecosystem really does a nice job of bringing all of the tools needed for teachers to easily manage a distance or hybrid learning classroom from an audio standpoint,” said T&L's judges.
ViewSonic Corp. ViewSonic® ID2456 Touch Display
The ViewSonic® ID2456 is a multifunctional 24-inch touch display designed for learning. It is compatible with Windows, Android, Chrome and macOS and comes with a sensitive stylus pen. The judges praised its price and the “wonderful functionality” it brings “to laptops or desktop computers by bringing the power of touch to these devices as well as additional viewing real estate.”
Wacom Wacom Cintiq Pro 27
Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 pen display is a digital canvas designed for creative professionals (2D illustrators, 3D modelers, animators, and game developers) and works with creative software applications. “This looks like an awesome product for art students to architects,” said the judges. “It offers versatility from the classroom into the professional world.”