It used to be the case that “non-traditional” students – those 25 and older and/or part-time attendees – were limited to an online experience that used discussion boards and pre-recorded videos as a means of engagement. Thanks to advancements in collaboration technology, today’s students have access to learning environments that allow them to get the “classroom experience” while skipping the commute. The Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University is doing just that, using AvayaLive Engage. This collaboration technology brings students and faculty together to learn – regardless of location and device – offering a customized solution which provides a virtual studio-like environment where interaction and creativity thrive. This is critical for Penn State, which offers some of its degree programs, such as the Master of Professional Studies in Geodesign, exclusively online through its World Campus. Using this solution, students are able to hone spatial problem solving skills using shared designs, mapping and other graphic communication. This collaborative design experience enables the development of best practices that synthesize environmental design with geographic knowledge and scientific data. The user-friendly platform has proven to be a sustainable and reliable solution that promises to become a crucial component of the Geodesign degree program. Learn more.