When COVID-19 hit, the University of Connecticut leveraged its existing lecture capture and delivery infrastructure to pursue a comprehensive curriculum. Based on Extron’s SMP 351 Media Streaming Processor and Kaltura Video Cloud, the system enables teaching via distance, blended and in-person classes for over 30,000 students. Learning spaces equipped with the SMP 351 allow UConn instructors to record and live stream AV sources used during class presentations. Remote learners participate in classes in real time or at times of their choosing via on-demand access through the Kaltura Video Cloud platform. In a typical week, SMP 351 processors support the recording and live streaming of 150 class sessions. User-friendly audio-visual systems developed by UConn’s campus technology services team have facilitated the transition to this style of teaching and learning.
“We aim for simplicity, standardization and reliability,” says Jeffrey Albright, AV Technician 3 at UConn. “It’s one of the reasons we use Extron for switching, distribution and control. We select AV vendors based on durability, functionality, and responsive technical support. Extron has always been great in all three areas.
UConn AV Learning Spaces are equipped with Extron TLP Pro 725T touchpanels and IPCP Pro control processors. The graphical touchscreen interface guides users through the course streaming and recording process. Extron IN1608 xi presentation switchers send selected AV content from document cameras, laptops, and Miracast BYOD screen mirroring receivers to projectors and FF 220T ceiling speakers for in-room presentation, in addition to sending content to SMP 351 processors for recording and live streaming. In large classrooms, switching and distribution is handled by DTP Crosspoint 108 4K matrix switches paired with DTP transmitters and receivers. DMP 128 Plus ProDSP digital matrix processors select and mix audio. Extron GlobalViewer Enterprise software centrally manages, monitors, controls, and troubleshoots AV systems.