Insider’s Look at InfoComm 2021

The wait is over – registration for InfoComm 2021 is now open. Whether you need tips for more polished video production, a better approach to project management, or to see another school in person for the first time in a long time, InfoComm has something in store just for you. 

If you are leading a team of AV/IT techs, sign up for How to Effectively Manage AV Staff.

Saturday, October 23 to Monday, October 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Western Kentucky University AV Systems Engineer Justin Rexing and Royal Society of Medicine AV Manager Kevin McLoughlin lead this three-day course to explore best practices to train new staff and help them deliver solutions to your customers. You’ll learn to create SOPs that allow staff and end users to use AV/IT resources effectively, develop orientation tools and procedures to efficiently onboard direct reports, train direct reports on how to implement AV/IT solutions, and train end users to apply procedures to meet their AV/IT needs.

If you want a deep dive into managing AV projects, check out the Higher Ed AV Project Life Cycle Crash Course.

Tuesday, October 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Are you new to Higher Ed AV (design, management, or engineering) or do you simply want to add structure to the stack of sticky notes and spreadsheets you’ve been using to keep track of your AV projects? Join a cohort of your peers from colleges and universities for a crash course on the AV project process. Indiana University Principal Learning Space Engineer Chris Dechter, UNC Greensboro Classroom Technology Manager Larry Darling, University of Missouri – Kansas City AV Systems Designer Jameson Rinehart, University of Southern California Manager of AV/IT Design & Engineer Raj Singh, and Oregon State University Associate Director of Academic Technology Marc Cholewcyznski will review AV project structure from beginning to end, addressing needs analysis, project scope, setting expectations, project documentation, and everything you need to do to make your project successful—all from the unique and multi-role perspective of higher education AV.

If you’re excited about the in-person experience, sign up for one of the Integrated Experience Tours at the University of Central Florida.

Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

In 2019 the University of Central Florida opened a new campus in the heart of Orlando. UCF Downtown is a 15-acre campus located in Orlando’s Creative Village. In partnership with Valencia College, the new shared campus incorporates innovative technology to create a 21st-century learning environment. Join UCF Technology Coordinator Scott Pritchett to tour active learning classrooms with Crestron NVX, explore the state-of-the-art Maker Space, take a behind-the-scenes look at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, and watch live culinary classes at the Walt Disney World® Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

If you’re managing multiple campuses, don’t miss Ohio University’s case study on Creating a Multi-Site, Multi-Opportunity Active Learning Environment.

Wednesday, October 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For the past year, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine worked to create a software-centric environment connecting multiple physical classrooms to create a single, unified active learning environment. This experience allows faculty and students to learn from and work with each other, regardless of campus location. The Heritage College currently employs a “shared curriculum” in which a team of instructors teach up to 500 students throughout three campuses. Ohio University Senior Director of Technology Jodie Penrod will share an overview of the current technology state and curricular model of the College, as well as review faculty feedback on future state designs.

If you want to help professors increase the quality of their videos, learn from Florida State University’s case study on Agile PM in Action for Higher Ed AV Support.

Wednesday, October 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Florida State University College of Business offers four core methods of production that faculty can choose from to capture and produce their course video lectures. Utilizing a flexible model allowing for some degree of personalization, FSU Director of Academic Technology Aiden Sizemore and Media Specialist Britney White meet and exceed the expectations of their stakeholders. Aiden and Britney will share how they use agile methodologies such as iteration management and participatory decision making to bring value, stimulate innovation, and encourage flexible adaptations that stakeholders can build upon long term.

Check out the full list of seminars, workshops, and programs for attendees in higher education on the InfoComm website. And don’t forget to register NOW!


Annette Sandler

Annette Sandler has worked in live events for over 10 years, delivering creative, connected experiences. As the Director of Content Development for AVIXA, Annette curates in-person and digital content that shines a spotlight on the power of AV technology and integrated experiences. If you have a story to tell about AV technology, you can reach Annette at [email protected].