Westcliff University Brings At-Home Students Into The Classroom With Stem

Westcliff University Brings At-Home Students Into The Classroom With Stem

 

Customer Profile

Established in 1993, Westcliff University’s core principle is to provide quality education for local and international students wishing to enter the expanding fields of business and education. With three campuses and four primary colleges, Westcliff University offers graduate and undergraduate certificates and degree programs intended to prepare students for immediate entry and advancement in sectors including Education, Technology & Engineering, Law, and Business. Westcliff University offers full-time working students a chance to enroll in 100% online courses or take courses onsite at its campuses in beautiful Southern California.

Challenge

As COVID-19 restrictions lifted and students and faculty were beginning to return to campus for hybrid classroom learning, the Westcliff University IT team quickly realized that the existing AV systems they were using would not be able to support hybrid work or learning models for the upcoming school year. “With the previous AV systems, we kind of piecemealed everything together with a webcam and conference speaker, which didn’t necessarily work in our larger classrooms. You couldn’t truly hear what a student in the back of the room was saying,” explained Dominic Enriquez, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Westcliff.

Stem Wall In Huddle Room

The inadequate AV system created significant learning disruptions where lecturers needed to take the time to repeat everything said during class activities or at-home students would miss important information, creating a disconnect for both in-person and online students. The university urgently needed a scalable AV solution that their in-house team could deploy in a variety of classrooms and conference spaces in time for the upcoming school year.

Specific challenges included:

  • A variety of different meeting spaces with different needs
  • Installation timeframe
  • Large scale deployment
  • Multiple campus locations

Solution

With each campus containing a variety of environments, from conference rooms to courtrooms and classrooms, each space needed different audio devices so students and faculty would have a seamless hybrid learning experience. Dominic and the team at Westcliff were able to hit the ground running by designing each room and deciding on a customized combination of devices that would perfectly meet the needs of each and every room with the RoomDesign tool. “So, when we met with Stem, we used the RoomDesign tool on the website and we were able to design each room exactly how we wanted,” explained Dominic.

Once the designs were in place with the selected Stem devices, the Westcliff team was able to order directly from Stem and get their devices shipped to each campus for installation. “The installation process was extremely easy. Our shipment was sent directly to us, it was a complete install directly out of the box, we just mounted the Stem devices on the wall, put them on the tables, and once we logged on to the Ecosystem platform, we were able to link all of the devices to our network, create a room, and drop all of the devices into that room so they worked seamlessly together.”

Advantage

By upgrading their audio to the Stem Ecosystem, teachers, students, and staff are now able to connect as if they were all in the room together. “It’s allowed the faculty to feel like the students joining from home were right in the classroom.”

The ecosystem’s flexibility in using different device mixes to adjust to each room’s unique audio requirements and the ease of use made it an ideal solution for the challenges brought by hybrid-style learning environments. “It fits our audio needs for the different size classrooms, it was plug and play, easy to use, and an ecosystem that eliminated noise conflicts within a space.”

The scalability of the ecosystem also provided the university with a single, easy-to-use solution for the whole organization. With the new ecosystem in place, teachers were free to resume their natural teaching styles and movement around the classroom. “We are extremely satisfied with Stem. The customer service has been exceptional, and the system works phenomenally,” said Dominic. “Currently, we have the Stem Ecosystem in 26 rooms spread over a few campuses, and there’s more to come.” 

Listen to Dominic tell the story to find out how the Stem Ecosystem gave Westcliff the tools they needed to bring students both at home and abroad into the classroom:

Gear List

Model Number Quantity Description
Stem Control 1 Stem Control is a conference room touch controller that allows you to access the Stem platform to remotely manage or use as a conference room controller.
Stem Ceiling 11 Stem Ceiling is an innovative ceiling microphone array that can be mounted on the conference room ceiling and enables you to create high quality audio coverage.
Stem Hub 14 Stem Hub is a conference communication center device that enables multiple Stem units in a room to communicate with each other and function as one ecosystem.
Stem Speaker 4 Stem Speaker is a conference room meeting speaker with innovative design that can be mounted on the ceiling, wall, or table with exceptional sound quality.
Stem Wall 23 Stem Wall is a wall mounted speaker with 15 beamforming microphones plus two full-range speakers and subwoofers. Stem Wall can be wall mounted in any room.
Stem Table 5 Stem Table is a conference table array speakerphone with nine built-in microphones that turns any environment into a professional conference room.