Wilmington plc invests in digital classroom tech to provide leading-edge virtualized training
Following significant investment as part of a digital transformation program, Wilmington plc, global provider of information, education and networking services, has officially launched a state-of-the-art Digital Classroom that provides a highly engaging, broadcast-quality remote teaching experience for its thousands of worldwide customers, students and members.
Enabled by Barco and its virtual classroom solution, weConnect, the Digital Classroom is designed to provide an immersive experience that is comparable to that of a physical classroom and will benefit Wilmington’s businesses that provide industry-leading training and qualifications to the risk and compliance, healthcare and professional industries from around the world.
The first Wilmington business to utilize the platform is the International Compliance Association (ICA), which delivers expert training and qualifications to financial regulatory and compliance professionals.
Driven by Barco weConnect virtual classroom technology, the hardware was implemented by technology partner Vanti. Barco weConnect offers a powerful learning environment, delivers content-rich, interactive and engaging learning experiences that enable meaningful collaboration and bright learning outcomes. It allows students to engage in real-time with both their lecturer and other participants in a way that traditional models do not support, going far beyond standard online communications or video conferencing platforms.
Thomas Mount, Chief Technology Officer, Wilmington plc said, “Each year, Wilmington’s businesses enroll more than 20,000 new students from around the world for training, courses and qualifications.
“We have integrated the Barco weConnect studio with our learning management system to provide a seamless, single sign-in. The early student feedback we have received is positive, with praise for the two-way interaction with the teacher and attendees, akin to traditional classrooms.”
Tamara Kahn, Wilmington’s Compliance Divisional Director and Executive Director of the International Compliance Association, added: “This is a key part of ICA’s cutting-edge learning approach. We are investing heavily into our training programmes to make sure they are engaging, effective and relevant to our learners. This includes learning science, design methodologies and the use of multiple blended learning formats.
“We realised that to deliver truly impactful experiences online we needed to do something different. We started planning for our new digital classroom before the pandemic because we wanted to deliver truly impactful experiences. The last year has only strengthened that vision and resolve and we are delighted by the response from our students and trainers so far.”
Jan van Houtte, VP Learning Experience at Barco: “Coronavirus accelerated the gathering momentum of distance learning but maintaining engagement and delivering its promises requires fully emulating the classroom experience. With weConnect, every student is visualized in a similar way. Imagine a big video wall where all participants are displayed in real time. The size of their heads, if you put six students on the display, is close to what you get in the physical world. As a trainer, you’re in that room, you have all your students in front of you like in a normal room, you can address them, look around, see who’s paying attention, walk up to the whiteboard to further explain something. In summary, you can teach like you’re used to. This is driving real engagement. We are delighted that Wilmington PLC have adopted our virtual classroom and have had a smooth ride during the pandemic. “
About Wilmington plc
Wilmington plc is a portfolio of businesses united by a strong set of common characteristics. These characteristics drive its unique operating model and facilitate the provision of a dynamic product range to the core professional communities it serves. These core communities form the framework of three operating divisions: Risk & Compliance, Healthcare, and Professional.
Wilmington is recognised as a trusted partner to support to these communities as they navigate their own business challenges. Its specialised data and information products provide customers with unique insight and innovative solutions by offering an extensive range of data collection, measurement, integration, and analysis tools. Its training businesses are defined by talented subject matter experts, renowned in their markets, who find creative and engaging ways to equip students with the insight they need to understand the implications of an ever changing operating environment.
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