Latest headlines: HyFlex in the fall 2020 classroom, Barco ClickShare Conference’s impact on the market, plus news from Extron, C2G and more
July 1, 2020 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 13
Hey, everyone. It’s been about a week since I saw all of you last at LAVNCH WEEK 2.0. Isn’t that crazy? Time really does fly by when you’re hosting the rAVe version of a virtual trade show. I did want to make a note if any of you skipped LAVNCHlast week — we have opened up the archive so you can go back and watch any of the sessions you missed. Go ahead! Enjoy all those sessions.
In terms of this newsletter today, whew boy, there is a lot of news. But that’s a good thing, right? We have four columns and they are about quite a range of topics if I do say so myself. We have one from Scott Tiner featuring the HyFlex classroom and the role it will play in learning this fall. We have another by Gary Kayye about ClickShare Conference and how it fits into the ed market post-COVID-19. Finally, our last two columns feature the books of ITIL (and how they fit into AV) and the other is about Leah’s and my favorite sessions from InfoComm 2020 Connected.
This blog is not necessarily about the difficulties that faculty will face in converting their teaching to this format, but more about the technology that will be needed. Faculty will indeed be challenged with this transition. A HyFlex classroom is not, “Let’s turn on Zoom and let the people who could not be here today listen in.” HyFlex means you never know who will be in the class, who will be remote and who will watch a recording later.
Pre-COVID, we integrated two Zoom Rooms here at THE rAVe Agency. And, both have nifty touch-based panels to launch into a meeting anywhere in the world. Everyone loved the simplicity, reliability and quality of the Zoom Room experience. However, making Microsoft Teams calls was tough in those rooms — it required me, Jacob, or someone technical to “pre” set up the room. Then came Barco’s ClickShare Conference in February.
The whole point of ITIL was to define the service is that is being provided and calculate how much of that service is needed for the business. Everything is about aligning to the market with appropriate service offerings. And then consistently fine-tuning and improving and questioning if this is the right service-offering for that business. In AV, we respond to an ask for new rooms. We ask what gear the customer wants to fit in it.
The first-ever virtual InfoComm 2020 Connected was held Tuesday-Thursday of this week, and it was packed with products, education and networking. This was a historic event — the first-ever online version of InfoComm — so we wanted to make sure we were there for it and provided our coverage/insights. Here’s the recap of some of our favorite sessions from InfoComm 2020 Connected.