Extron AV Solutions Enhance the Learning Experience at Lee University School of Nursing
With my background in programming and coding, I’m impressed with how Extron’s Global Configurator Pro and GUI Designer software tools made our AV control system setup so straightforward. Extron’s configuration tools are easy to understand, allowing you to jump right in.
Lee University is a private Christian university in Cleveland, Tennessee. It was founded in 1918 with twelve students and one teacher as the Church of God Bible Training School, a small Bible institute. The university has grown to serve over 5,200 students with a faculty of approximately 350 instructors on a campus covering 127 acres. Students pick from 57 undergraduate majors, 159 undergraduate programs, and 56 graduate programs in the fields of Business, Arts & Sciences, Education, Music, Religion, and Nursing.
In 2016, the School of Nursing constructed a spacious lecture hall with a soaring ceiling and tiered desk seating for 120+ students in order to accommodate a growing student population. The hall was equipped with audiovisual amenities befitting such a grand space. In 2020, to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and support remote learning, it was augmented with AV streaming capabilities. The venue hosts large gatherings for lectures on subjects covering nursing procedures, biology, and life sciences.
The AV system design and installation was a joint effort by Lee University’s Information Technology Lab Manager Mark Mong and pro AV integration firm Encore Broadcast Solutions. The Encore team was led by Glenn Bradley, sales manager at Encore’s Bridgeport, Alabama office. Extron supplied AV switching, distribution, control, and streaming equipment for the project.
A 275" projection screen is at the front of the room, flanked by two 65" flat panel displays. Two 65" flat panel confidence monitors are on the back wall. Hand-held and wearable wireless RF microphones are used by presenters and audience members. AV system components are housed in the presenter podium and an AV operator desk.
Presenter Podium Places Multimedia AV Tools at Lecturers’ Fingertips
Lecturers can load presentation material onto the PC contained in the AV operator desk, or they can bring a laptop containing presentation material. Convenient guest connections for power, HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C cables are available at a
A document camera at the podium allows display of printed materials. Lecturers can annotate their presentations by tapping, writing, and drawing on the podium’s touchscreen. The touchscreen connects to an
AV Operator Desk is Switching, Streaming, and Recording Hub
The equipment that forms the backbone of the lecture hall AV system is housed in the AV operator desk. The core component is a
AV content is selected using a
Convenient Audio Options
The room’s speakers are driven by the switcher’s integrated 100-watt amplifier. Multiple wireless microphones are available for instructor(s) and to support student participation. Most instructors prefer the
Video Distribution to Displays
Content is displayed on the main projection screen and on two pairs of flat panel displays. The projector video is connected directly from the matrix switcher to the projector's HDBaseT input. The flat panel displays receive HDMI over shielded twisted pair cable via a
Lecture Capture and Streaming to Remote Learners
AV content can also be routed to an
The lecture hall reopened to students and faculty in spring 2021. It’s a popular venue, always heavily booked. Lee University’s IT Technology Lab Manager Mark Mong reports that the hall’s AV systems are running trouble-free. Mark notes that, with his background in programming and coding, he is impressed with how Extron’s drag-and-drop Global Configurator Professional and GUI Designer software tools contributed to straightforward setup of the AV control system. “Extron’s controller configuration tools are easy to understand. You can jump right in and get the job done. For this installation, I developed the control logic flow and user interface screen hierarchy and Encore performed configuration and GUI creation using Extron’s tools.”
Mark goes on to praise Extron’s support throughout installation, commissioning, and continuing into daily operation of the lecture hall AV system. “If I ever need something, I just call. They have an engineer on the line to help you immediately, no matter when you call. That’s what’s so cool about Extron. They’re all over the world. They’re ready to help, anytime, anywhere.”