University ULEAM is in good hands with CTOUCH Riva
Teaching is timeless. The tools used to teach however, are often in need of an upgrade. Ecuadorian university ULEAM (Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí) transformed their classrooms into hybrid learning environments with the CTOUCH Riva.
ULEAM is the third biggest university of Ecuador, teaching over 28.0000 students. This public institution recently installed a new administration and a new dean: Dr. Marcos Zambrano, PhD. With new leadership came the time for new AV set-ups.
Classrooms were equipped with projectors, not the best fit for interactive education. In addition, calling into lessons had become much more common due to the pandemic and for a blended learning environment an upgrade was a must. The administration investigated which tools were essential for a blended learning environment suitable for interactive education.
Upgrading to touch
Which tools were best suited for ULEAM’s new teaching direction? The university invited several distributors to demonstrate a variety of interactive teaching solutions. Smartco, as our distributor in Ecuador, took part in the demonstration with our Riva touchscreen.
Riva thoroughly impressed during this demo. The integrated JBL speakers blew away the audience with its excellent sound. The whiteboard function using finger or pen, registered as stable with no delay when writing. Riva was compatible with all different type of devices teachers had in use. Riva’s pin code functionality was considered a great plus security wise, especially as classrooms are not always locked. Another great plus for the IT department: extended warranty for Riva is given when registering the screen with CTOUCH.
Ultimately, Riva’s 65” model was chosen as the best fit for ULEAM classrooms’ needs. This model was to be placed 99 times in different classrooms meant to be used as blended learning environments. The order took 2-3 months to process. During this waiting period SmartCo hosted several workshops for teachers and other users. This allowed ULEAM staff to get acquainted with Riva: the basic functionality, the apps to use, how to effectively teach with an interactive digital display.