Audio visual solutions have transformed private colleges and universities, playing a key role in connecting students and professors in creative and collaborative ways.  Student learning is no longer limited to one-sided lectures in confined lecture halls. Learning experiences feature interactive collaboration, flipped classroom activities, and hybrid models.  Many students are engaging in remote learning opportunities, which utilize collaboration platforms, data analysis, and synchronous and asynchronous video. The seamless integration of AV technology enhances classroom engagement and can improve retention levels. For AV solutions to transform learning environments, they must work effortlessly and reliably with different consumer and commercial devices. 

LightWerks specializes in the design and integration of collaboration tools that connect students inside and outside of the classroom. Through our partnerships with key industry leaders, we are able to deliver dynamic, reliable video conferencing and collaboration capabilities, digital signage and wayfinding, advanced audio, and personal communication equipment securely to a variety of private college and university environments. We can categorize the spaces in the higher education arena by a variety of room types. Below you’ll find a description of the most common room types, what they include, what they cost, and what is needed by LightWerks to professionally install appropriate collaboration technology at your location(s). 

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Well executed AV in the lecture theatre space is simple to use, offers the best possible listening and viewing experience, and increasingly facilitates interactive and collaborative learning. It is critical that lecture halls include high quality sound and video. Each attendee should receive the same outstanding levels of audio and video, irrespective of where they are seated in the room – or even if they are participating remotely. A typical lecture hall most often includes projection and video walls for displaying large-scale content, integrated presentation audio to enable consistent sound coverage, and wireless collaboration and presentation technologies to remove unnecessary cabling. Modern lecture halls are also equipped with lecture capture / streaming systems that involve PTZ cameras, applications/devices that allow for collaboration (device mirroring), document cameras, and video conferencing. AV system control is usually made possible through a touch panel, making it simple to send content to different areas of the space and manage volume, lighting, etc.

First impressions really count, so many educational institutions make a special effort to have a welcoming, and often impressive, reception area. These spaces usually include at least one large flat panel and a digital signage player to welcome guests and share company promotional information. Many will also include speakers to provide audio to go along with their video content, and some will also include interactive capabilities to allow visitors to interact with the information shown on the flat panel display(s). As this room is typically in use all day and most displays can be programmed internally to turn on and off at specific times each day, reception areas do not usually require any sort of dedicated control system.


The modern classroom is a hybrid learning ready, collaborative and interactive space that contains high quality sound and video. These important learning spaces can include both interactive and non-interactive flat panels, video walls, speakers, applications and devices that allow for collaboration (device mirroring), document cameras or visualizers, lecture capture and streaming applications, and video conferencing. Many classrooms also include voice amplification systems to improve intelligibility. A teacher or lecturer may wish to showcase a student’s work on one display, while simultaneously sharing a live experiment from a document camera or visualizer on another. To control the technology across their classroom, a touch panel is often integrated to send content to different areas of the space and manage volume, lighting, etc.

There’s digital signage and then there’s “DIGITAL SIGNAGE!” To make an exceptional impression on visitors, institutions of all kinds are choosing to install Video Walls in their public spaces. Using seamless direct-view light-emitting diode (dvLED) technology, these walls provide big, bright, high-resolution images for many applications including:
■ Digital Donor Walls
■ Screening Advertisements and Other Branded Content
■ Dynamic Art Installations
Robust, cloud-based digital signage software allows individual users or specific departments to update the video wall with their unique content at any time.


Whether it is to display a presentation to a large audience, enjoy a performance by the performing arts department, or hold an awards ceremony, theaters and auditoriums serve a variety of important purposes at schools and universities. High quality audio and video systems play a critical role in ensuring that performers and presenters are seen and heard clearly by every audience member. Multi-functional systems featuring multiple screens, (usually a high definition laser projector and flat  panels along the side walls) intelligently wired sound systems, and wireless capabilities are favored for convenient and efficient use. Theaters and auditoriums will often include recording capability for later play-back, as well as custom-programmed control systems for better control of equipment. Additional components include lighting, drapes and shades, and
air conditioning. A touch panel is often integrated to adjust lights, shades, audio, and visuals.

A properly designed AV system can strengthen the exciting and competitive environment of a school or university’s arena and stadium. These systems must have exceptional audio quality that allows for the even distribution and clear intelligibility of announcements and music reproduction to spectators seated in all areas, as well as throughout the field. Microphones, mixers, speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, light pole / wall-mounted P.A. systems, video cameras, and outdoor displays are some of the common solutions integrated into these spaces. Audio and video-conferencing capability, as well as capture and streaming technology may also be included in the design of these spaces so that members of the community can experience live events remotely. These systems usually include a touch panel to easily turn equipment on and off and switch between sources.