Future University – Edge Zones
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I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

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Hybrid Space Approaches to Global Collaboration

Submitted by on October 21, 2010 – 10:34 pmNo Comment

While in Hong Kong for a new Tactable multi-touch interactive media project, I was reminded again of how important and integral technology has become to collaborative processes. Skype and a shared project document site combined with the twelve hour time difference between Hong Kong and US Eastern time, made the project team effective across a full 24 hour day. Working across the date line also extended the working week to 6 days. This glocal (global/local) virtually enabled productivity is very effective (not to mention cost effective and readily deployable) However, even with good communications, cultural differences and the nuances of personal interactions underscore the importance of face-to-face interaction as fundamental to decision making.

As state of the art video conferencing evolves, collaborative team rooms with imbedded and interactive media capabilities will be increasingly necessary to bring together remote interaction with virtual face-to-face capability. The design of these hybrid spaces and the technologies that support them require specialized and multi-disciplinary teams. The physical environment, the staffing support, and the technology resources needed to successfully manage these spaces are all equally important.

Our clients often have strong internal resources and capacities. We, along with our strategic partners, endeavor to engage with existing client groups to strengthen, focus and extend their capabilities. We find that project outcomes are often more powerful, with unexpected solutions and directions, than might otherwise be produced individually.

The key to successful and creative solutions is the upfront time invested in fully understanding our client’s needs. The process of investigation and discovery is too valuable to shortcut. Traditional forms of programming or project definition are often too distant from client needs to be truly insightful or successful. In our approach we expect buy in from our clients to participate in the mutual discovery of goals, direction, and potential value.

As the initial discovery phase of our Tactable project is concluding, our team is able return to a second round of virtual collaboration with clear direction and working platform for creative solutions. If we did not leave with answers to every issue, we know that we were able to get to the right questions. In regard to the design and support of hybrid spaces, Anderson Porter Design is engaging with Tactable in exploring improved virtual presence and team facilitation tools for assisting in person and virtual team collaboration.