By: Levi Stogsdill
Personal growth/responsibility & Community Awareness
For many young adults, college or university experience is a time of significant personal growth and responsibility. It is an opportunity to explore new interests, make new friends, and challenge oneself in a variety of ways. Along with personal growth, higher education also fosters community awareness and involvement, helping students become more engaged citizens and contributing members of society. However, one aspect of the campus experience that often goes overlooked is the importance of self-expression.
The Signs of Higher Education
As students navigate their way through the college experience, they find many avenues for expressing themselves. Campus government, Greek life, departmental clubs & organizations, along with intramural clubs & teams all offer opportunities for students to showcase their unique personalities and interests.
Campus government allows students to get involved in the decision-making processes of their institution. They can run for positions such as student body president, vice president, treasurer, or senator, and use their leadership skills to advocate for the student body.
Greek life provides a social outlet for students and encourages them to engage with the wider community through philanthropic efforts and service projects. Students can join a fraternity or sorority that aligns with their values and interests, and work to make a difference on campus and beyond.
Departmental clubs and organizations provide a platform for students to connect with others who share their academic interests. From engineering to art history, there is a club for every discipline. These clubs offer opportunities for students to develop their skills, network with professionals, and explore their passions.
Intramural life offers another way for students to express themselves. They can join a sports team or club that matches their interests or try something new and challenge themselves physically. This can be a great way to relieve stress, stay active, and meet new people.
University Communications that Speak to the Entire Community
As important as self-expression is on campus, it’s equally important that students stay informed with what’s happening around the campus. Leveraging communication channels that speak to the entire student body, as well as faculty and staff, is becoming a vital component of everyday life on campus. It may be as simple as a Wayfinding solution that empowers anyone to navigate the campus and find their way to classes, offices, and events. Space management and reservations help individual students and groups reserve space for events, meetings, and gatherings.
Digital signage applications around campus can also provide retail solutions like information about dining options, bookstore hours, and other campus services. Triggering important safety communications to quickly alert students to any emergencies or threats on campus is of utmost importance in today’s world.
Strategically placed digital signage displays enhance the college experience. Anything ranging from large format video walls to individual displays to communicate events happening around campus, celebrating events and broadcasting general announcements is just another way to reach students that wouldn’t typically receive the information is the goal.
A Real Sign of Inclusion
One innovative platform that universities are using to address both self-expression and communication needs is a tool called Launchpad from Korbyt. Launchpad is a web-based solution that offers a simple way for anyone on campus to quickly submit a form and get their message published on the campus wide digital displays.
The process involves a simple 2-step process. The first step is to access and complete a web-based form containing the information the student or faculty member would like to have communicated. Whether it’s promoting a campus event, highlighting a student achievement, or sharing a thought-provoking quote, Launchpad allows students to be part of the conversation and contribute to the campus culture. The 2nd step typically requires a basic review process to ensure that the message is clear, concise and communicates the message in a safe and meaningful manner.
Students can also assist in managing the content and information displayed through the signage environment. As Andrew Gildin, Vice President of Channel Sales and Revenue Operations at Korbyt, said “Most of these systems in Universities are managed with part-time student help.” This gives them a sense of ownership and pride in the content they are contributing to and allows them to take an active role in shaping their campus community.
Giving your students a voice is crucial in creating an inclusive and engaged campus community. Korbyt’s Launchpad tool is a powerful way to empower students to contribute to campus digital signage in a safe and controlled environment. By using Launchpad, institutions can encourage student engagement, promote campus events, and foster a sense of belonging among their students.
In conclusion, the campus experience is multifaceted, encompassing personal growth, community awareness, and self-expression. To make the most of this experience, students need to engage in a range of activities that allow them to express themselves and develop their skills and interests. Korbyt can help your collegiate institution graduate to a new level of communications. Sign up for a personalized demonstration to discover how your campus can graduate to a new level of communications.