'Smart' Classroom Wins One of 2011 AMX Innovation Awards

The winners of the 2011 AMX Innovation Awards have been announced, according to a June 15 article in the San Francisco Chronicle. The awards, given to individuals and institutions in the AMX Education Alliance, reward innovation and accomplishment in higher education technology.

Among the winners was Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in Pomona, N.J., which created a computer teaching facility that blends videoconferencing, remote training and expanded course offerings in its computer teaching facility. The school received a $25,000 prize to further improve its technology and equipment. Smart classrooms like those at the Richard Stockton College can add another dimension to distance learning and hybrid courses, giving students another option for their training.

AMX CEO and President Rashid Skaf had words of praise for the contest winners. "AMX congratulates each university who entered the 2011 AMX Innovation Awards at EduComm and applaud the role these universities play in making higher education a more engaging, valuable experience," he said. Other winning schools included the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine and Memorial University of Newfoundland's multimedia lecture theatre, which blends live lecture with videoconferencing and advanced recording technology. There were more than 500 nominations worldwide.

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