Business students at Virginia State University are getting real-world stock trading and finance experience in their own classroom, thanks to the latest technology from Rise Display. The Reginald F. Lewis School of Business (RFLSB) partnered with Rise Display, digital signage specialists, to equip an authentic Finance Lab that simulates the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
The Finance Lab provides an interactive experience that utilizes a two-wall ticker and 2x2 interactive video wall display. With another ticker and video wall located the business school commons area.
According to Dr. John Moore, Chairperson of Accounting and Finance, “The faculty’s response to these rooms and these displays has been extremely powerful and very positive. In fact, you’ve about got to stand in line and maybe pick a fight to get a chance to teach your class inside the trading room, because everyone finds a way to use the technology. It’s very versatile.”
Dr. Moore said that the technology enables students and faculty to see live market data, like news feeds and stock updates, as well as pitch YouTube movies about finance and personal money management. He says they also use the interactive display to welcome important visitors. “When somebody is going to visit our building, if I can get their picture with a URL on it, it goes up on the market wall so we get to know who they are when they enter the building.”
One of the primary reasons for creating a Finance Lab, says Dr. Moore, is to help students to “start thinking about what’s going to happen when they transition from a backpack to a briefcase.”
In addition to the Finance Lab, Rise Display installed another 2x2 video wall and a long custom LED ticker in the front of the building.
Rise Display, a leader in digital signage technology, has created Finance Labs in colleges and universities across the country. The unique expertise helps them guide their academic clients toward making the right choices in equipping their learning centers.
“Digital signage is no longer a luxury but a necessity in business schools, where the need to deliver up-to-date financial education and training is greater than ever,” says Ryan Cahoy of Rise Display. “We really enjoy using our experience to benefit education by helping create these real-world labs.”
Dr. Moore applauds Rise Display’s commitment to “making these trading labs an outstanding experience for students and the faculty who use them. It is very clear that they are committed to the best experience that a school can have.”
The RFLSB at Virginia State University carries the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, a certification that is awarded to only five percent of business schools worldwide. The highly acclaimed business school at Virginia State University is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Governor’s Award for Technology in Innovation in Higher Education and the 2012 RichTech Technology Innovation Deployment Award.For over 20 years Rise Display has provided digital signage solutions. Today, Rise Display focuses on LED Tickers, Finance Labs, Campus Communications, and Giving Recognition displays specifically for educational environments. View hundreds of installation photos, design examples and client video interviews in our Gallery.