As we prepare for a gradual return to campus, we have to examine how we can use technology to support campus life and student success outside the classroom, too. SJSU IT is working on a virtual event platform that will enable larger gatherings online — things like career fairs, orientation events, open houses, and even courses with live presentations. These kinds of events create a richer college experience for students, drive engagement, and create opportunities.
This kind of platform isn’t useful only for the short term — it supports our strategy of making our university mobile-enabled, with students able to access services when they need them from wherever they are. That kind of flexibility needs to exist for the entire college experience.
Moving forward after a full return to campus, having a hybrid approach to these kinds of events can ease the strain on campus facilities that were overflowed or overbooked for events. For example, students who live far away could attend mandatory campus events without having to pay for travel and career fairs can host even more employers with remote sessions.
Thanks go to Leon Nguyen, Sree Gandikota and Ravi Alladi working to get this ready this semester.
Vice President of Information Technology
and CIO at San Jose State University