Whether you’re a prospective student taking a campus tour for the first time, a seasoned veteran walking to class on a daily basis, or an alumnus coming back after graduation, college campuses can be overwhelming, even if you experience them every day. Think about it—something is always going on and campuses are constantly growing, changing, and buzzing with life.
While the nearly 4,300 colleges and universities across the country vary greatly in size, location, student makeup, and numerous other factors, they have similarities as well. Most significantly, perhaps, is the incorporation of technologies to enhance learning, increase student involvement, and improve the overall college experience.
While technology on campus varies from school to school and comes in a variety of forms—from computers to cameras, tablets, smart phones, smart white boards, and everything in between—it extends far beyond the classroom and the library. Flexible in both design and capabilities, interactive digital signage solutions are among the latest—and most rapidly growing—forms of on-campus technology across the country.
Interactive digital signage solutions aren’t just being installed on college and university campuses, though, they’re thriving there. Here are the top three reasons why interactive digital signage solutions thrive on campus.
They’re Engaging and User Friendly
With so many different forms of technology readily available both on and off campus, there’s no denying that college students are among the most tech-savvy group of individuals around. While interactive digital signage installations, in some instances, might come with a slight learning curve, depending on the intended audience, college students and campus guests typically aren’t afraid of or intimidated by new or unfamiliar technology. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. A new digital signage installation on campus is likely to intrigue students and visitors—increasing the likelihood that they’ll engage with and utilize the information it provides.
They’re Easy to Update & Keep Current
While there’s certainly never a shortage of information on a college campus, it isn’t always current or up-to-date—mostly due to the sheer volume that circulates through every campus. Unlike more traditional forms of signage and posters that are taped or stapled to a bulletin board to never be touched or updated again, interactive digital signage affords administrators the ability to quickly and easily make updates to event details, meeting times, locations, and more. Best of all, those changes and updates can all be made remotely from a computer, regardless of where the administrators, or the digital signage installations are located—and can be pushed through to each digital signage installation on campus. In an environment where new information arises as quickly as it does on a college campus, having the ability to keep information up-to-date is essential.
They Improve the On-Campus Experience
Regardless of one’s level of involvement or familiarity with a campus, being appropriately informed is the key to a successful and enjoyable on-campus experience. Due to the fact that interactive digital signage is both user friendly and easy to update and keep relevant, it functions as an all-encompassing guide to all things on-campus. From sporting events, to club meetings, dining hall hours, upcoming closures or breaks, and campus maps, anyone on campus can find exactly what they’re looking for when they need it.
From a prospective student finding their way around campus and learning about ways to get involved, to a current student checking out the football schedule, or an alumni looking for the new bookstore, interactive digital signage is thriving on college campuses—and has the ability to transform the on-campus experience for anyone who visits.
To learn more about Meridians interactive digital signage solutions and higher education kiosks please visit www.meridiankiosks.com or give us a call at 866-454-6757.