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Higher Ed Classroom Revolution Informs Corporate Space Planning for Millennials

by Joseph Bocchiaro III, Ph.D., CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group
This article originally appeared in RealcommEdge Magazine’s May 2015 issue.

In 2015, millennials will become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. Since the majority of these millennials are technologically adept, their expectations of when, where and how we work are driving thinking on future office […]

Collaboration’s Profound Impact on Tech Implementation: What a Difference an App Makes!

by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

From innovation to ubiquitous acceptance can be a long and circuitous path for new technologies. The hype of something new only rarely becomes the reality of something truly effective. Across the spectrum of all of our markets, we see growing interest in and application of “collaboration” that is having […]

The Classroom Reimagined

Matthew LeFeber, Project Consultant, The Sextant Group

In the age of the digital native, information on campus is no longer confined to physical textbooks, chalkboards, or even classrooms. When students walk into class with Google on their smartphones, the instructor no longer holds a monopoly over content. This begs the question: “Is the classroom becoming irrelevant?”

Not likely, but there is […]

Technology in Education: Teacher Tips for Integrating Technology

Integrating technology into the classroom is all about letting the students guide you instead of the other way around. Put technology tools in the hands of the students and ask, “What would you do with this?” They might come up with ideas you’ve never thought about. In this short video, Mark Valenti CTS, President and CEO of The Sextant […]

Future Trends for Higher Education

Higher Ed Tech Decisions spoke with The Sextant Group’s President and CEO, Mark S. Valenti CTS, in a recent article on Technology Management in Higher Education and upcoming trends coming to a campus near you. In his course at InfoComm 2014, InfoComm’s annual conference, Valenti presented on transformations in colleges’ pedagogy, technology, and usage of space, outlining how […]

Technology in Education: Uses of Modern Technology in Classroom Teaching

Uses of modern technology in classroom teaching shouldn’t be complex or difficult. Flip your classroom or use Skype to bring an expert into the classroom. Leverage smartphones by sending your students out into the field to gather data. The Sextant Group’s President and CEO, Mark S. Valenti CTS, discusses the uses of modern technology in classroom teaching.

Uses of Modern […]

Hear and Now: Avoid the Number One Complaint about LEED-certified Buildings

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you design a LEED® Gold building — one that’s built on a restored brownfield site, finished with reclaimed wood, recycled materials, and low VOC paint, one that recycles gray water, offers sufficient daylight and views, and of course, has plenty of bike racks, but is too […]

Lighting For Learning: New Learning Models Challenge Traditional Lighting Methods

by Norman Russell LC, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you know that pedagogies and learning environments have significantly changed in the last ten years, go to the head of the class.

That is, if in fact there is a head of the class.

Yes, we all know that learning environments are changing. Rapidly replacing traditional classrooms with fixed instructor-oriented configurations, active […]

Active Learning: Transforms Environments

by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Change is in the air. Universities are rethinking the educational experience, watching technological innovations and building learning spaces that are challenging the traditional teaching methods on campus. Changes in pedagogy, student expectations, campus culture, and corporate competition are resulting in fundamental shifts of mission, culture and process at many institutions. Colleges and […]

Designing for Collaboration: Technology, Zen and Now

by Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

These prescient words, attributed to Confucius over twenty-five hundred years ago, are truer in 2011 than ever before. Over a decade ago, we were adapting buildings for the “Information Age.” Since then, we have seen the “Age of Collaboration” take over. If […]