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Episode 140: Get to Know More About Collaboration, Technology, and the Higher Ed Classroom with X2O Media



This episode is sponsored by and co-designed with: X2O Media

Join the Crew host Corey Moss and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Mansour Brek – President at X2O Media

Rob Brinklow – Sales Manager at X2O Media

Tim, Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, joins Corey in this informative discussion about X2O Media and collaboration on the higher education level.

Mansour begins talking about the history of X2O Media – from broadcast beginnings, to focus on working with retail and enterprise markets. He talks about what STRATACACHE has meant for the company, along with Rob’s role. Rob talks about engaging with digital technology and collaborating, Mansour follows up that discussion as well. Tim adds to the discussion in terms of technology and collaboration on Rutgers’ campus.

Mansour talks about a new generation of workers and having a communications scheme – for X2O Media, unified visual communications which he explains. Rob talks about distance learning and similar experiences, adding engagement and motivation to the conversation for either employees or students. Mansour picks up on this too.

Mansour details a project with Harvard University from about 5 years ago, talking about building a virtual classroom, keeping interaction with student and teacher fully natural. It had a large video wall, each student had their own camera, and it employed directional audio. He also details the high cost for the room, and how today those costs have lowered significantly through software and cloud technology. Attendees at InfoComm can see this type of collaboration atmosphere in action, being in the room and remote.

Tim talks with Mansour about the technology as it involves the higher education collaboration classroom, himself being responsible for many rooms across the Rutgers campus.

Corey talks about higher ed, as he worked with colleges and universities in commercial integration sales, and points to similarities that corporate enterprise has to higher education. Rob follows this up with the collaboration piece, and how it has similarities and resonates as well. They also touch on telepresence systems, and how over the years installations have become significantly less, with users achieving even more today through current offerings, as X2O Media provides.

Conversation turns to data visualization and aggregation, as well as engagement as Mansour and Rob discuss this, and Tim also brings perspective from the large university campus side.

Both talk about enterprise and education parallels, and Mansour talks about how major corporations have education campuses as well where X2O Media becomes a larger conversation. “Green” is also brought up in this conversation by Mansour.

Social media becomes the final discussion here in terms of how X2O Media handles this in terms of collaboration and communications strategy, along with engagement. Tim also discusses this from the university side.

There’s discussion at the end about InfoComm 2019, and what to expect when visiting with X2O Media at the show.


Episode 131: Living the Higher Ed AV Life



Join the Crew host Tim Van Woeart, Corey Moss, Kym Frank and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Gina Sansivero – VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications at AtlasIED
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Renee Benson – Regional Sales Manager, Midwest at NEC Display Solutions
Jessie House – Assistant Director, Digital Media Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Here we go – it’s Tim’s turn! Being Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, he’s the perfect choice to host this show – and since Joe is Multimedia Services Director at Cal Baptist University, why not pair the two of them to drive this one?

And you’ll notice something in the title, which leads to a podcast plug during the show (and you’ll find out who on this show has appeared on that one).

The topics of discussion:

When it comes to staying at the forefront of technology, how do you provide the latest and greatest, while at the same time making it accessible to users of all technical levels and still staying with budgetary constraints?

What are the current strategic technologies that are appearing? For those in Education what is the next big thing?

And then, of course it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

When a university bans access to Netflix, iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services on campus, will the students become smarter? Or will they just be spending extra time at Starbucks?

Purdue University bans Netflix, other streaming services for students in academic buildings

Sides are chosen (of course), they’re uneven (of course), and there’s a surprise ending to this one as someone walks away with the win hands down.

Hands down – slam dunk, grand slam, hole in one (you get it).

Toward the end Gina talks about upcoming AVIXA Women’s Council events, Joe plugs away, and Jessie talks about his band. Make sure you attend the AVIXA Women’s events, listen to Joe’s podcast, and follow the band. Trust us.

Sit back, plug in, get edu-teched with Tim, Joe and the rest of the group as we live…

The AV Life.