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Hybrid Learning: Why Investing in Audio Technology Should Be a Priority

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Classrooms and lecture halls look and sound a little different nowadays. Traditional classroom settings were rapidly transformed at the outbreak of the pandemic to enable a hybrid learning model. While early hiccups due to poor audio quality for those connecting to lessons from home were tolerated, they’re no longer acceptable as the shift to hybrid becomes long term. That’s why educational facilities have been exploring new audio and video collaboration platforms. But what tech do you need to achieve learning equity? How do you enable students to share knowledge, learn from anywhere, and fully participate regardless of location, device, and language?

Tune in to our webinar on March, 8th to hear how higher education IT leaders have responded to the demand for high-quality audio giving every student an equal opportunity to learn and communicate effectively.

How do advanced communication technologies enhance equity and opportunity?

Our panelists discuss the key factors involved in choosing the appropriate technologies for different higher education environments.

Has poor audio caused challenges against the background of a growing societal demand for real inclusion?

Panelists present a deep-dive analysis of the importance of a seamless audio experience for both students and staff.

What value does a reliable audio system bring to ensure everyone in the classroom or connecting from home is engaged?

You’ll hear insights from the panelists’ experiences of working in higher education when COVID-19 hit whilst also providing some practical solutions in embracing digital transformation.

Not everyone wants to be seen - how do you support user videoconferencing preferences?

Panelists provide possible strategies to keep both staff and students engaged when using videoconferencing tools.



Roberta Gamble
Partner and Vice President

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Carys Green

Carys Green
Regional Sales Manager, Integrated Systems

I fell into the AV industry completely by accident in 2005 when I landed a job at AV distribution company Maverick. I didn’t know what AV was and I didn’t really know what a distribution company was. I instantly loved the buzz and the fast pace of working on a busy sales desk, assisting customers with their orders but also helping to solve problems. The people were friendly and fun to work with, the technology was interesting and innovative.

17 years later I’m still in the industry and having worked for a number of systems integrators I joined Shure in 2021 as a Regional Sales Manager in the UK. What has kept me here is the people, the AV industry is like family to me now, and also the ever changing technology that we sell. The way we all interact with technology not only at work but in retail and leisure continues to evolve and adapt and it’s exciting that no day, week, month or year are ever the same.

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Twitter handle: @AV_Carys



Audrey Reenders-Arens

Audrey Reenders-Arens
Electronic Services Engineer

Electronic Services Engineer for Grand Valley State University with 10 years experienceproviding exceptional services, innovative solutions, and resources to advance and facilitate learning, teaching, and research in higher education. She’s an advocate for Net Neutrality and believes that broadband internet is essential and should be treated as a public utility.

Grand Valley State University


Pat La Morte

Pat La Morte
Global Education Solutions

As the Global Education Solutions Lead for Zoom Video Communications, Pat La Morteleverages his extensive education and communications background to guide the company towards supporting the future of education. As the former President/CEO of one of Florida’s Catholic High Schools, Pat immersed himself in educational technology, Curriculum alignment across grade-levels, school finance, Technology Enabled Active Learning Labs.

During Pat’s tenure at Zoom, he has been instrumental in helping thousands of schools navigate the transition to virtual and hybrid learning. He is considered a thought leader and is a sought out public speaker for many of the largest education-focused events in the nation. Pat’s passion for improving equitable access to education by enhancing technology to engage, inspire and elevate student achievement serves as the cornerstone to his success.

Zoom Video Communications


Sunny Qi

Sunny QI
Senior IT Helpdesk Manager

Experienced client service support manager and audiovisual support in higher education
Hold a master degree in communication technology from Zhejiang University, software school.

Shanghai New York University

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