LSE Cities is an international education centre carrying out research graduate and executive education outreach and advisory activities?
Extending the LSE’s century old commitment to understanding urban society the centre investigates how complex urban systems are responding to the pressures of growth change and globalisation
The centre runs an Executive MSc in Cities an 18 month modular education programme for senior professionals which typically recruits 25 30 students each year the majority of whom are based in the Americas Africa Europe and Asia.
However international students due to attend the programme’s five week teaching modules in person were prevented from doing so during the Covid 19 pandemic by travel disruptions
This challenge became an opportunity to transition the Executive MSc in Cities to a blended remote teaching format with the Shure Microflex Complete Wireless MXCW chosen as the ideal solution for fostering a hybrid flex learning model.
MXCW combined with videoconferencing techhnology from AVer Europe enables all participants in the classroom to communicate and collaborate with far end participants in a natural manner
Presenters and students attending teaching in person can now be seen by remote students and speakers when communicating via an MXCW640 utilising the AVer PTC310H PTZ camera’s audio tracking features
Inputs from the MXCW units are assigned to Dante channels fed into the IntelliMix P300 audio conferencing processor then into AVer PTZ link software with the P300 also eliminating any unwanted and distracting noise
Relying on Shure partner M&R Communications to provide the kit for a real timeproof of concept for the committee at LSE Cities helped keep the project on track at a time of global component shortages
Traditional lectures at the Executive MSc in Cities have now largely been replaced with blended learning materials and teaching modules reworked to emphasise classroom discussion and peer to peer information exchange.
The programme team was especially conscious of the need to dissolve the boundary between in person and remote participation to allow natural feeling interaction during classroom discussion
For me the biggest accomplishment is that the technology largely goes unnoticed by the faculty and students said Jim Osbourne Executive MSc manager at LSE Cities
The London School of Economics is one of the most prestigious universities worldwide and its educational standards are extremely high
For this reason it was important to deliver a solution that could help retain the programme and lectures with the same quality but in a hybrid format said Carys Green regional sales manager at Shure UK
Microflex Complete Wireless was the most suitable system for the Executive MSc in Cities and we are proud to help the institution in its transition to a hybrid flex teaching format by delivering impeccable audio.