Learning Sessions at InfoComm 2022: How AV is Leading the Way to the Future of Education

By Marcella Walsh
Content Manager

Higher education paved the way for remote communications as it accelerated during the pandemic and AV played a key role in making that distance learning possible. Today, hybrid classrooms and smart campuses are the new standard. Hear about the possibilities for your school during the Learning sessions at InfoComm 2022 and even take a tour of UNLV to see it in action.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Integrated Experience Tour: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Frank Alaimo, CTS-I, DMC-E-4K – Senior AV Systems Specialist, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In this in-depth tour, attendees will explore UNLV’s classroom renovation of the Flora Dungan Humanities building that features a Dolby Atmos theater/classroom that consists of an immersive audio system and a 4K Barco Cinema laser projection system. The new theater showcases a captivating audio-visual experience where the 254-seat theater/classroom provides a powerful life-like sound that flows all around you in true 4K.

Attendees will tour classrooms and have the opportunity participate in RebelFlex; UNLV’s Hybrid learning classroom solution. RebelFlex offers both synchronous & asynchronous learning, which allows instructors to leverage enhanced technology in the classroom to teach a face-to-face class and to students who are joining remotely simultaneously.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Higher Education IT Infrastructure for AV Ecosystems
Raj Singh – Manager AV/IT Design & Engineering, University of Southern California
Chi Hang Lo, CTS, MS – AVIT Solutions Architect, University of Southern California
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The USC ITS Learning Environments Team has won the 2021 Readers' Choice Award for Best Project of the Year from AVNation in 2022. This presentation will provide you with the best practices that are needed to plan for and implement a cloud first AV/IT Solution that is built for the changing technology landscape.

Create a Display Wall That “Does it All” On a Budget
Dominic Swayne, PhD – Founder, JMU X-Labs
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
In this session, learn how James Madison University turned an ordinary classroom wall into a huge interactive canvas that can be used for distance learning, collaboration, interactive dance exhibitions, eSports and more, all on a budget. As the demand for more versatile learning spaces continues to grow for universities, AV and IT teams need ways to combine affordable technologies to allow classrooms to do many things. To support the varied needs of today’s college students and staff, higher education institutions must be able to provide versatile spaces that support collaboration and student engagement for a variety of uses. They must also ensure the technology is easy to use and doesn’t break the bank.

How UNC's Reese Innovation Lab Used AI to Enforce COVID Policies
Megan Dutta, MS – Editor in Chief, LAVNCH CODE
Steven King, MBA, MS – Professor of Emerging Tech, UNC Reese Innovation Lab
Monica Livingston, MBA, MS – AI Solutions and Scale, Intel Corporation
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Responsive signage that delivers custom messages can engage audiences, but it requires computer vision integrations that can be leveraged in numerous ways. Because of this, UNC’s Reese Innovation Lab partnered with Lenovo and Intel to rapidly design and deploy a mask and social distance detection signage. The Health Greeter Kiosks have been used at ACC football games, corporate office parks, and universities. Learn about the use of the Health Greeter Kiosk, its innovation process from idea to deployment, and see future possibilities for responsive or interactive digital signage using computer vision.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Using Classroom Technology Design to Create an Equitable HyFlex Learning Experience
Jodie Penrod, PMP, MS, Other – Senior Director, Technology, Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

If the pandemic taught educators anything, it was that students want to be able to tailor their experience based on their preferences, whether that be pre-planning how they might want to attend class or deciding the hour before class what works best for them. This session will highlight the design of learning space technology to support an equitable experience for both physical and remote students to achieve an optimal level of learning. The session will also highlight the faculty experience in designing for a HyFlex space that allows the instructor to focus on pedagogy instead of complex technology.

Creating the Smart Campus
Essam Refai, CTS-I, CTS-D – Associate, Building Technology, Aurecon
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The session will discuss in detail the requirements for establishing a smart campus or, in other words, the smart building version of an education facility. We will discuss in detail what should be considered when designing a smart campus and what are the integration requirements in between the different technology systems across the building. We will also discuss the user experience expectations for different levels of users such as educators, students, and building operators; and how implementing such smart technologies and this level of integration can advance and promote the educational experience and return of investment.

What Role Can AV Professionals Play in Instructional Design for Higher Education
Troy Powers, CTS – AV Systems Support Lead, Northwestern University
Megan Lackman, CTS – Audio Visual Project Manager, Sacred Heart University
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Instructional Designers and faculty are SMEs in their fields but do not always have a complete understanding of the ins and outs of the technology that can be utilized to enhance the learning experience, be it in person or remote. What role, if any, do AV professionals play in assisting these SME’s in designing the “classroom” experience? Has this role evolved given the changes to the classroom that have come with COVID-19?

To see the full list of Learning sessions available, click here.


Marcella Walsh
AVIXA, Content Manager

With over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Marcella Walsh, Content Manager for AVIXA, develops both in-person and digital programs. She is always looking for new content ideas that highlight topics and trends of importance to the AV industry. Contact Marcella at [email protected] with your thoughts.