5 tips for making the most of your digital campus

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From keeping students engaged with online learning to making adjustments on campus for a return to in-person instruction, leaders across higher education organizations are juggling running a physical campus with a digital one now, too.

So let’s get started by showing you how to bring together your campus with RingCentral. Here are five easy tips to help with distance learning, integrations with learning management systems, and letting students and faculty improve their communication across campus.

How to build the foundation for your digital campus

Before you start working in RingCentral Office with your school, take a few minutes to set yourselves up for success.

1. Leverage a digital learning experience

Use message, video, and phone to host virtual lectures and office hours

Setting up a virtual classroom is as easy as starting a Team, a quick phone call, and a video conference.

Students can use Teams to ask questions and comments throughout the lesson, and their classmates can use emojis or GIFs to “second” questions or show support for comments. Not only do Teams allow professors to monitor student engagement, but Teams also provide an inclusive space for quieter students to participate equally with direct messages, too.

Maintain office hours virtually for fast and easy chats

Start an Office Hours Team to host virtual office hours. You can hold impromptu phone calls or video meetings by simply clicking on the phone or video icons, enabling quick conversations from anywhere. 

2. Connect your campus communities with a digital hub

Set up Teams for student government, clubs, and activities

To engage students further with their learning, you can replicate many of the foundations of campus life that they enjoy.

Here are some ways you can turn RingCentral into a digital hub for students:

3. Manage administrative and academic operations

Maintain student affairs and services

Faculty and administration can maintain business with RingCentral too. Creating a private Team solely for faculty ensures more privacy over confidential and sensitive information. Faculty Teams can be created at the department level (e.g., Engineering, Athletics, etc.) and for functions (such as university foundations, alumni relations, academic advising, and career services).

Here are some more tips on keeping the campus community informed of campus-wide information:

4. Invite outside organizations to your connected campus

Share Teams with researchers, partners, and collaborators

Use Teams to bring together partners from separate organizations—to extend your network in RingCentral. This is perfect for brokering cross-disciplinary discussions around functions and events such as research consortiums, public relations, and sponsorships.

A simple combination of Teams, apps, and integrations flexibility allows educators and administrators to create a distance-learning environment that’s tailored to their institution’s distinct needs—all while being backed by enterprise-grade security.

5. Seamlessly drive student engagement 

Meet students where they are with support on social media

When students, faculty, or alumni reach out through email, text, or social media—you need to be ready. With an omni-digital tool, engage with students across the channels they love. From live chat to YouTube comments, make every interaction feel like it’s a direct call to your support line.

This is brought to life in campus experiences like:

Whew! These are just a few of the real-world tips that can help your campus stay connected and truly realize a digital campus experience.

RingCentral for Higher Education
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Originally published Oct 28, 2020, updated Oct 29, 2020

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