The Montana State University wanted to break down the faculty silos that had developed over time and open communication between academic staff and students on the campus.
Studio 1080 is a place where students and staff gather to view programs developed by colleagues that demonstrate a wide range of research and other activities in the numerous university faculties. University wide sports activities are also seen at Studio 1080. Access to the Internet, Television, Powerpoint and an Audio System are provided as part of the functionality at Studio 1080.
Students and staff are able to "build" programs remotely online from the Studio 1080 website which is the principal point of access for students and academic staff to create media programs for delivery to the Studio 1080 space. Once logged in, a selection of six graphic interfaces and a number of program structures are accessible via the MMaPS Content Management System (CMS). Management staff use the MMaPS CMS to distribute completed programs to programs in the Studio 1080 space after they have been reviewed and scheduled. Working with staff at Montana State University, Magian established a technical and user interface design for this innovative academic lounge, located in the Engineering faculty at the University. The integrated system allows for media programs to be displayed on 26" and 65" touchscreens as well as a hi-definition projector. These screens are also able to be switched to deliver digital assets to support seminar content, other presentations and videos marking campus wide activities and celebrations.
The Content Manager is also used by staff at Studio 1080 through a sophisticated set of interconnections that enable the programs developed remotely to be seamlessly delivered into the space at Studio 1080. The core Studio 1080 touchscreen program is known as the Collaboration Console and it can be accessed from any of the 26" touchscreens. This program provides, amongst other things, access to the media produced remotely by students or staff for Studio 1080.
The staff managing Studio 1080 schedule programming to accommodate the changing activities through the university calendar – from orientation to graduation. Content prepared by students and staff is reviewed and scheduled to be delivered either for a calendar event or otherwise, in the form of news about research.
Montana State University
Bozeman MT, USA