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MIT maximising education opportunities through interactive technology platform supplied by Automation Associates

Ultra short-throw projectors, touch screen interactive technology for tertiary institute

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Right from the outset, it was clear the newMIT Manukau campus would set a new benchmark for tertiary education.

Designed to celebrate learning and diversity, the campus provides a flexible, collaborative and multipurpose learning environment where students, tutors and lecturers are fully engaged at all times.

Automation Associations, a company that specialises in automation and control systems, was a key part of the solution. Commercial director Frank Bantjes says interactive technology plays an important role in the classroom, but it is always a tool, not a focal point.

"Technology helps in providing a platform that allows a seamless transition between delivering and receiving the teaching message," Bantjes says. "Our mandate required the equipment to be almost invisible, so there is 100% engagement with the tutor and the actual learning process. We like to say to our clients, ‘It's not about our technology, it's about your space.' It's the space and what happens within it that is important."

Bantjes says the more open, sharing environment reflects a major change in teaching methodology.

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"We are seeing a much more holistic approach to education – it is no longer the didactic model that existed for centuries. The technology platform we provide supports this new initiative. It encourages collaboration and the sharing of information, not just between students and teachers but between peers as well.

"It is not just the students who take something away from a lesson. The tutors and lecturers also gain valuable insights and knowledge from such a reciprocal approach."

Bantjes says the seamless transition is enhanced by consistency – having the same tactile, user-friendly technology throughout the campus makes it easy for students and tutors alike to touch, feel and engage.

For more details, contact Automation Associates Commercial, 7 College Hill, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, phone (09) 377 3778, fax (09) 377 3788. Website:www.aa.net.nz

First published date: 20 August 2014

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