RICHLAND, WASH.—Group projects at Washington State University just got a helping hand from FSR with the installation of five HuddleVU collaborative systems on its Tri-Cities campus. Located in the school library, the HuddleVUs help create a space for students and faculty to work on projects together, collaborate with other students outside of their majors, conduct study groups and host small classes.
The FSR HuddleVUs allow for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets and smartphone screens on a main display. Configurations include single monitor systems that seat up to seven, and the “Dugout” with two viewing levels and one or two large monitor screens that can accommodate up to 12. Two Dugout models were installed in the library’s Student Success Center and a single monitor HuddleVU was installed in an adjacent area.
The HuddleVU system were installed by WSU’s IT department before the fall semester. According to Aaron Brumbaugh, IT department head director, the installation was quick and staff and students were able to be trained on the system quickly and effectively. Brumbaugh says the units have been used for studying, watching recorded lectures, breakout sessions, study groups and meetings.
Brumbaugh says that WSU is currently looking in to placing more of the HuddleVUs around campus.