Hybrid Technology Improvement Project

This project is ongoing with efforts continuing throughout 2024 and 2025.

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The Hybrid Technology Improvement Project has been underway since the start of 2023. Since the project’s initiation, OIT has worked to identify classrooms and conference rooms on the Anschutz Medical Campus that need equipment and AV upgrades and updates to better serve a hybrid learning and working environment. 

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Project Background:  

OIT is aware that current technology is making the delivery of hybrid work and education challenging. Your feedback reinforced that and helped us prioritize action items to best suit your needs. We’re focusing both on what immediate action we can take to improve the situation as well as strategizing long-term solutions. Moreover, we aim to build a practice of continuous improvement to meet the rapidly changing needs of the university.   

Key Project Goals: Based on your feedback, our goal is to standardize and optimize your experience with technology in the following ways. 

  • Streamlined Setup: Our team has worked diligently to simplify the setup process, allowing teachers to seamlessly integrate the technology into their lessons. 
  • User-Friendly Experience: The intuitive interface ensures both teachers and students can easily navigate and utilize the new technology. 
  • Updated Technology: The updated technology is specifically designed to foster collaboration and facilitate more effective learning. 

You can learn more about the project and its iterations in our previous updates and articles

Project Rounds: 

The Hybrid Technology Improvement Project is broken down into Rounds, which may be running concurrently.  Speaking broadly, each Round involves a number of distinct phases, including Room Identification and Prioritization (see note below), Room Design, Equipment Purchasing, Installation, and Testing.  As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we will leverage our experience and your feedback in each round to enhance the project as we go along, leading to more efficient processes and better outcomes. 

Round 0: focused on identifying 6 initial rooms to evaluate, upgrade, and test. These 6 rooms were a starting point in the process so that OIT and AV could learn essential project details from the experience. Round 0 helped us learn the timeline to procure the equipment, duration of installation, the amount of testing required, and whether these upgrades accomplished the key goals of the project. There were only 6 rooms upgraded in this round to avoid creating a large-scale disruption to learning and business on the campus.  

Round 1: is moving forward with the project and implementing lessons learned from Round 0 as OIT progresses with upgrading another 22 rooms which were identified as having an urgent need for new technology. Currently, equipment is being procured and an installation timeframe has yet to be set due to discrepancies in vendor delivery timelines.  

Round 2: OIT is currently finalizing Identification and Prioritization of Round 2 rooms. 

This is a multi-round and multi-phase project that will continue through 2024 and will be ongoing.

Room Identification and Prioritization: 

The most common question our project leaders get asked is how OIT identified the rooms for these Rounds, and why these 28 rooms have been prioritized to be upgraded first.  

The room identification and prioritization process factored in a number of criteria. Our charge was to first target rooms for greatest impact to the campus.  To this end, we conducted an analysis based on EMS data, and feedback from stakeholders. Specifically, prioritization was guided by: 

  1. Feedback from faculty, academic leadership, instructional designers, and IT partners in the Voice of the Customer sessions. 
  2. Room capacity.
  3. Room utilization in the last 18 months (# of reservations and attendees) based on data from EMS scheduling system. 

By prioritizing these rooms, we were able to address high-impact rooms that failed to meet our baseline success measures. Upgrading these rooms first ensures that hybrid learning and business can be accomplished across the campus in the majority of locations. As the project progresses, other rooms that were identified as needing updates to equipment or usability will be worked on as well in the order of their priority level.  

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