University Business January 2018 - 10

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Q&A with Gary Kayye
By Tim Goral

The future-forward classroom
How technology-and students-will change the nature of education

When listening to Gary Kayye talk,
it's hard not to feel his enthusiasm
for new technologies and how they
will impact the next generation of
learners. Kayye teaches in the University of North Carolina School
of Media and Journalism, but he
has also worked in the AV industry
for more than 25 years, and is the
president and CEO of rAVe [Publications], a publishing and digital
strategy and communications
company. With that background,
Kayye has seen what works and
what doesn't in education technology, and has a keen sense of how the
digital lifestyle of today's college students will lead to an evolution in
the way teaching and learning takes
place in the coming years. Kayye
will once again deliver the Welcome
Address at this year's UBTech conference at the Mirage Hotel in Las
Vegas in June.

UBmag.me/forward

10 | January 2018

Last year you introduced the
UBTech audience to the idea of the
digital canvas. Now you are putting
that into practice.
We've built a classroom at the University of North Carolina that is
definitely going to be a very futureforward thinking and operating
classroom. It will begin being used in
January, with the new semester.
It will allow for more fluid collaboration than a typical classroom, because everything is movable and mobile-everything is also always connected. Therefore, regardless of where
you're sitting and how you move
and configure the furniture-and
how you work in groups or as large
teams or small teams or as a class as
a whole-there's always connectivity
and interactive display technology
right in front of you. You have the
ability to touch things, move things,
collaborate within the group, outside
the group, you can connect with tools
like Zoom or Skype or whatever you
decide you want to use. Then all of it
is packaged with collaboration, all the
time. It's very much like how classrooms will more likely be.
You talk about how this will disrupt
linear teaching. What do you mean?
Teaching is traditionally linear-slide
one to slide two to slide three and so
on, but that's not how millennials
learn. Older people teach that way
because that's how they were taught,
but the world doesn't work that way
anymore.
If a student asks a question halfway
through the lesson, a linear teacher

will say, "We'll address questions at
the end." A nonlinear teacher will address those questions then and there.
When millennials and younger students have a question, they immediately ask the question, and they expect it
to be answered at that moment because
a lot of things we teach build on other
things that they must understand. If
you are going to teach A, B, C and D
today, and they don't understand A,
you can't teach B, and so on.
You need to allow for questions;
you need to "check in" constantly.
This learning environment is nonlinear in the sense that the content is
always available at all times.
In our new classroom, if students
ask a question, you don't have to
minimize the PowerPoint presentation
and open up a browser to Google it,
or launch YouTube to show a video.
Everything's visible on the screen at
the same time.
If it won't fit on the screen, you
can turn to the back or side of the
classroom where two projectors show
everything on the wall. And if that's
not enough room, we'll put it on one
of the many monitors that are hanging up around the wall, and we'll keep
it up there so we can refer to it at any
moment in time.
How did coming up in the AV
industry influence your classroom
design?
Having that experience, I now see
what works on the AV side and what
doesn't work on the AV side. To be
perfectly frank, if I were to have had
this idea 10 years ago or even five
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