Category Video Collaboration

Video That Links Students and Employers

AVI-SPL helps community colleges with distance learning and links them to workforce programs. Businesses can connect with colleges, conduct job interviews and recruit talent via video conferencing. Community colleges can also link with their peers so students from one can take courses the other doesn’t offer.

How significant are these programs? In 2013, the Department of Labor made available nearly $475 million for partnerships between community colleges and businesses. A fourth round of funding will be available for applications in early 2014.

Need inspiration for building your own career pathway program? Look at some examples of career pathway programs from states across the U.S.

Linked Learning

On a related topic, Linked Learning integrates college preparatory academics with rigorous technical training and work-based learning in career themed pathways, including engineering, health care, manufacturing and more. (Take a look at the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative.) Linked Learning students see how what they are learning in school applies in the real world, and they gain the academic and professional skills needed to succeed in both college and in the workforce.  Growth in the number of partnerships between employers, high schools, and community colleges is needed to provide Linked Learning and related work-based learning options for students.

With 31 regional offices across the United States and over 86% of the Fortune 100 as our customers, AVI-SPL can bridge the divide between the private and public sector.  We’ve worked with corporations, school districts, state and local governments and federal funding programs to provide our experience and expertise integrating collaborative technologies across communities.  This is strategic workforce development, and a strategic partner is required to bring these projects to fruition.

Contact AVI-SPL’s Tracie Bryant, VP of sales for state, local and education, at or 972-679-9922 to start the process of bringing video conferencing into your educational institution.

Coming Down With Something? Go to Work by Video

Just in time for the weekend, I’ve started to come down with a cold. And better the weekend than the work week, right? But sore throats and runny noses can’t be relied upon to accommodate our schedules. And that makes video so nice to have when you need someone’s expertise but not their germs. It’s a point Cisco makes in this video. (And if you think you recognize the actress who’s got the sneezes, you’re probably right — she also appears in those Lumosity video ads.)

Four Mistakes Companies Make With Video Conferencing

Video collaboration can improve processes in all types of markets. But do you know the pitfalls to avoid? In this AVI-SPL white paper, featuring input from experts at our company as well as Cisco, you’ll learn how to avoid these common mistakes:

  1. Limiting a strategy to dedicated video conferencing systems
  2. Underestimating network requirements
  3. Buying before trying the solution
  4. Overlooking managed services and support

Download the white paper on creating a video collaboration strategy. Call AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 if you have any questions or want our guidance in implementing a video conferencing solution.

Business AV Trends for 2014

AV Network recently interviewed AVI-SPL’s VP of Products John Vitale in its look at trends in professional audio video solutions for 2014. Here is a summary of his responses:

Cloud Services

Every business that has electronic data such as files, audio, video, and such are affected by cloud services. The AV business will continue to see many localized devices and applications either moving into the cloud or interfacing with a cloud service, especially when content management and distribution are involved. Many solutions which were traditionally localized deployments are now becoming virtualized into the cloud as a hosted service offering. Though some items will always be required locally, that list will look quite different than it was a couple of years ago. And the talent of the engineering staff will also be very different.

Content Creation

Content creation seems to have had a continued steady growth rate which started almost a decade ago and shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, it’s increased significantly year over year. This continued thirst for personalized content creation has also forced the issue of consumption of that content. So content sharing or viewing is going to have an impact on many areas of our business as a result of content creation. The digital native generation has less patience or tolerance for “old school” systems with limitations. They will find ways to create and share their content if what we provide is too restrictive.


Content creation, management, distribution, and consumption will continue to grow and be in high demand. So this area will continue to see an increase just based upon the extreme amount of media being created and being consumed through many avenues already. More sophisticated and scalable solutions will be needed to help satisfy the demand. The digital signage industry, still in its infancy, is an excellent indicator on how important digital content consumption, distribution, and management has become. Real-time content and rich media interaction is where it’s all going.


Collaboration is a very broad term, but using it in a sense where multiple participants can manipulate and edit the same information, the need for this has always been popular in engineering-specific applications. But as technology continues to improve and simplify the technical aspects of collaboration, we’ll see this becoming more of a horizontal requirement than vertical silos. Microsoft is clearly dominating this area with Lync and Sharepoint along with embedded functionality in all its Office applications.


Aside from some vertical niches where they have shown value, they’re nothing more than expensive toys today. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

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