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The enterprise video process and model doesn’t just involve and benefit students. It can also offer a range of benefits to faculty, staff and administrators at institutions of all sizes. In many colleges and universities, different departments may have relatively minimal interactions; they work across campus from one another, and may not be aware of departmental events, activities, or publications.

Video learning  offers a number of solutions to connect both small and large campuses, and to let instructors, administrators and support staff engage, interact, learn, and become aware of what people are doing, working on, learning and striving for on campus.

The Benefits of Cross-Departmental Interaction

Cross-departmental interaction provides more than just a connected and engaged campus made up of staff, instructors and students. It also offers a range of benefits to everyone on your campus.

For Students

Cross-departmental interaction facilitates team-building. Team-building activities in an educational setting have been shown to improve student performance; increase involvement and participation; increase critical thinking skills; and ready a trained workforce to work in employment settings as effective multi-disciplinary collaborators.

For Staff

Cross-departmental engagement turns individual departments into a team, able to work together on individual projects and overall goals. In addition, when different departments are connected and engaged with one another, they better understand the skills, tools and abilities available across the campus.

For Instructors

Cross-departmental connections facilitate interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and innovation. When instructors know what others are doing, they can offer input, access to new resources, and the ability to create collaborations for publication, research projects, or funding efforts.

10 Ways to Use Video to Encourage Interaction

There are many different ways video facilitates connections and cross-departmental interactions on campus, both in individual offices and departments and across different departments and even vastly different fields of study.

  1. Share Lecture Captures
    Share lecture captures created for classes to introduce both students and instructors to different departments. For students and instructors, this can provide them with more information about various fields and specialties and may even spark new interests or collaborations.
  2. Create Introductory Videos
    Create introductory videos for different campus offices. This helps everyone to know who does what on campus, and is especially helpful for new students and instructors to reduce confusion and support efficient on-boarding.
  3. Capture Research
    Ask instructors to create short videos about their research or publications. This can allow instructors or graduate students to practice presentations, but can also provide a more in-depth look at what’s being explored and studied on campus.
  4. Include Contact Information
    Encourage instructors, students and staff to include contact information in their video content to support interaction and collaboration.
  5. Share Events and Activities
    Capture and share campus events, from student activities to academic conferences. This can help remote instructors and students to feel more a part of campus life.
  6. Connect Colleagues
    Use video conferencing or chat technology to connect instructors on campus with colleagues on sabbatical or working on research off campus. This facilitates real-time interactions, even when everyone can’t be present.
  7. Manage Interdisciplinary Teams
    Interact with interdisciplinary teams using flexible scheduling with video tools. Teams can meet using online tools for increased interaction.
  8. Introduce Staff and Instructors
    Support staff and instructors in creating introductory videos, explaining their background and research interests. This helps everyone know who is on campus and what they do, and enables instructors or staff members to express their own interest in campus projects or multidisciplinary teams.
  9. Foster Interaction
    Foster cross-disciplinary interaction off-campus with video displays and presentations of research projects, developments or initiatives around the campus and community.
  10. Promote Projects and Initiatives
    Promote multidisciplinary initiatives by sharing positive results and project outcomes with campus and community leaders. This can provide an ideal way to support community relationships and open up new opportunities for students and institutions.

Creating an exciting online community is one way to help enrich students’ learning experiences, but it also facilitates communication and collaboration among faculty and staff. A connected campus provides the best possible experience for everyone on the campus.