Open for Scott Tiner with higher education updates for December 2020 and a study on interactive displays from Futuresource Consulting
December 3, 2020 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 23
Like many of you, if I’m guessing right, rAVe also had some time off last week to reflect on the past year and spend some time with our respective quarantine crews. Aaaaand now we’re back, staring at the growing to-do list of action items to be completed before year-end, slowly chipping away at the metaphorical iceberg with toothpicks.
Or is that just me?
Anyway! I am going to guess that you’ve spent a significant amount of time wondering what the next year will look like. Many of my friends work in higher ed in some capacity and wonder — what the heck are we going to do in 2021? No one can tell the future exactly, but Scott Tiner has enough industry knowledge to give us a pretty good forecast. TL;DR students want to be on campus, and schools are trying their best to come up with safe ways to make that happen.
Also, the WFH Renaissance (Has anyone coined that yet? Can I be the first?) has dramatically affected the interactive display market, but what does that mean for schools looking to outfit classrooms? Take a look at column #2 from Futuresource’s Matthew Ledgerwood.
Until next time, may you all keep the Hakuna Matata energy going!
In the beginning of April and again in May, I wrote updates about the state of higher education for integrators, who may be wondering what their business model would look like for the rest of the year. Paradoxically, it seems like a lot has changed since then, and nothing has changed at all. We are no longer wondering what a fall semester will look like — we know that now — but instead, we wonder about the winter semester and possible summer programs and classes.
Although the pandemic hit the industry hard in the first half of the year, it has been transformed into an opportunity. Stay-at-home measures have increased the awareness of the displays sector as a whole, created talking points around interactivity and applied upward pressure to sales volumes. In many countries, the majority of schools are now fully open.