Future Learning Collaborative Expands Co-Creation Activities Among Higher Ed Institutions

As the Collaborative Celebrates its Second Anniversary, Charter Members Implement Sandboxes for Technology Testing, Insights and Validation
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2019 - PRLog -- Since November 2017, Sony Electronics has worked alongside faculty and administration from 11 forward-thinking colleges and universities in the U.S. to gain a better understanding of the role technology plays in teaching and learning. For the past two years this group of public and private schools, known as The Future Learning Collaborative, have held regular meetings, summits and trips to discuss the education landscape and ways to incorporate new technology and design insights that create a more meaningful, collaborative and engaging learning environment.

Since the Future Learning Collaborative's launch, higher ed members have tested forthcoming and new Sony technology and helped to influence the design and development of these educational products and solutions, based on real-world input and validation.

In the past year, the focus of the community of practice was to deepen the co-creation between members and Sony, as well as to explore ways to create more active learning opportunities. To meet this goal, member schools have begun implementing "Sandboxes," a designated learning environment equipped with Sony's early stage technology for the purpose of testing, experimenting and validating potential new applications, use cases and user experiences. The sandboxes are used as dedicated spaces for testing among faculty and students.

"After two years of consistent dialogue between Sony and the Future Learning Collaborative, we're energized and proud of the community we've built from the group up," explained Satoshi Kanemura, VP of PPSG of America, Sony Electronics Inc. "We value the deeper discussions we've been facilitating as we gain a new level of trust and understanding that goes beyond the traditional customer/vendor relationship. As we look to 2020 and beyond, we seek to collaboratively design the classroom of the future through more extensive sandbox testing. We also remain focused on working together to validate new products and solutions, while surfacing valuable feedback, research and findings that benefit member schools, Sony and the education community at large."

Recently launched Sony solutions that have been tested in conjunction with Future Learning Collaborative schools include Vision Exchange (https://pro.sony/ue_US/solutions/education/vision-exchang...), for interactive presentations and active learning; Edge Analytics (https://pro.sony/products/network-camera-systems/rea-c100...), an AI-based video analytics solution; and the UbiCast (https://pro.sony/solutions/education/solutions-make-message-visual-ubicast) interactive video learning solution, among others – in addition to solutions still under development.

Charter members of the Collaborative include experts from the following institutions:

·       American University

·       Arizona State University

·       Dartmouth College

·       Duke University

·       Houston Community College

·       Indiana University

·       Montclair State University

·       Northwestern University

·       San Francisco State University

·       University of California San Diego

·       University of Central Florida

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