Summit v. 9

The Midwest College and University AV Summit gathers AV professionals in higher education and industry. 76 people attended Summit v. 9 was held March 23 & 24, 2023 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Thursday, March 23
5:00 p.m. meet at the corner of Gibson and Graham for a partial tour of the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

social time at Houligan’s following the tour

Friday, March 24
Davies Student Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC)
(If you’ve registered for the Summit, but haven’t received an invitation from UWEC to sign up for a free parking pass in designated spots on campus, please email Jason.)

7:00 a.m. building opens

Dakota Room
7:30 a.m. badge pickup begins

8:00 a.m. breakfast and networking

9:00 a.m. welcome and introductions, including statistics about MCUAV Group membership

9:15 a.m. keynote: James King, Assistant Director of AV Services, Kerk Kerkorian School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and founder of the Higher Ed AV/IT Group, on the importance of AV professionals building community.

10:15 a.m. break

10:30 a.m. breakout sessions
Davies 320A&B Centennial Room: Mike Pedersen, Audiovisual Experience Manager, Iowa State University: Development and Benefits of an AV Project Delivery Process (PDP). What is a project delivery process (PDP)? Why do we need a PDP? What benefits will receive from a PDP? What does a PDP include? How to develop a PDP? What are the challenges to implementation?

Davies 320E Ho-Chunk Room: Gina Keenan, STEM and Collaborative Learning Manager, Bluum Technologies: Immersive Learning in Health Science Classes. What are some modern technology solutions to enhance the learning experience for students in health science careers? How is the learning landscape beginning to change with virtual reality and augmented reality?

Davies 320F Menominee Room: Larry Langlois, CTS-D, Engineer, University of Minnesota, and John Knowles, Classroom and Presentation Space Technology Manager, Augsburg University: Macs in the Classroom. How to deal with macOS and AV device interconnectivity?

Dakota Room: 11:30 a.m. lunch and raffle

1:00 p.m. breakout sessions
Davies 320A&B Centennial Room: James King: In-House Programmers. Why is it important for AV groups in higher education to have their own programmers on staff?

Davies 320E Ho-Chunk Room: Paul Bernhardt, Audio and Visual Technical Director, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College: Timed Text and Assistive Listening in Cinema. How can a cinema be outfitted with technology that helps people with vision impairment and/or hearing loss enjoy the movies?

Davies 320F Menominee Room: Dana Thompson, Presentation Instructional Technologist, St. Olaf College, and Tim Schoenhofen, Lead Engineer, Classroom Technical Services and Support, St. Catherine University: USB-C.

2:00 p.m. break

2:15 p.m. breakout sessions
Davies 320A&B Centennial Room: Rodney Fillmore, St. Catherine University (ret.), Noah Holm, Academic Technologist, University of Minnesota, and Joe Way, PhD, Director of Learning Environments, University of Southern California: Managing Your Team of Students. How to ensure quality and continuity of services in a workgroup based, in part, on a workforce of young people with a larger goal (graduating) and smaller blocks of time per week than full-time staff?

Davies 320E Ho-Chunk Room: Michael Hooper, CTS-I, Education Sales Manager, Biamp: Audio Optimization for Learning Spaces. How best to understand the inverse square law, comb filtering, and the basic acoustics of your learning spaces? What are RT-60 (reverberation time), noise floor (signal-to-noise ratios), the Speech Transmission Index, and intelligibility ratings? How do these measurements help ensure quality audio for both near and far ends when designing or modifying AV systems? How do multiple-element mic arrays work for beam steering and BeamTracking(tm)? How are deep-learning algorithms using computer intelligence to reduce or cancel noise and improve speech recognition? How can networked AV systems be scaled with digital audio protocols? Can “Acoustic Echo Cancelation” (AEC) be demystified?

Davies 320F Menominee Room: Chrissy Sara, CTS-I, DSCE, Senior Sales Support Engineer, Sony: Display Technology in Education. There are many specifications when it comes to professional displays–which ones are most important? In this session, we will look at the wide range of specifications typically associated with professional displays and learn how to conduct a needs analysis. By conducting a needs analysis, you will be able to better understand what specifications are needed as well as which ones are priority for your client. We will look at brightness, color, screen technology, power consumption, control capabilities, and more. You’ll learn how to ask open-ended, probing, and leading questions. You’ll learn how to best determine screen size while considering use case.

Meet in Dakota Room: 3:30 p.m. campus tour University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

5:00 p.m. social time at The District

Summit map here, including lodging and ground transport details.

Register here!

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Late in the day Thursday, March 23, we'll be going on a tour of Eau Claire's performing arts center, the Pablo Center.
After the tour, we'll be gathering to socialize--location t.b.a.
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Past Summits
v. 8 March 14, 2022 Augsburg University
keynote panel

v. 7 April 23, 2021 virtual
keynote: Jim Jorstad, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

A summit was planned for March 16, 2020 at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. It was cancelled as the global COVID-19 pandemic set in.

v. 6 March 15, 2019 Winona State University and St Mary’s College
keynote: Joe Way, PhD, University of Southern California

v. 5 March 12, 2018 Saint Paul College
keynote: Paul Cassady, Excellence Marketing

v. 4 March 20, 2017 St. Catherine University
keynote: Ana Jaramillo, PhD, Ahnert Feistel Media Group

v. 3 March 14, 2016 University of Minnesota
keynote: Peter Putnam, Kramer Electronics

v. 2 March 13, 2015 St. Cloud State University
keynote: Matthew Clay, Minnesota State University-Mankato

v. 1 March 14, 2014 Carleton College