The concept of the AV Lab is straightforward. A test environment has been set up to replicate a standard lecture theatre, a lecture theatre that has videoconferencing capabilities, an advanced tutorial room and a standard tutorial room. This presently allows the AV Project Team to confirm the changes that they are making to the AV infrastructure work correctly before being placed into the actual teaching spaces.
In addition to the test environment a development environment has also been set up. The development environment allows the AV Project Team to make changes to the present teaching spaces AV equipment, develop code and trial new technologies before putting them into the test environment.
These two steps add quality control and quality checking to the teaching spaces infrastructure. Over time this will improve the quality of the teaching spaces provided to our academic staff and students.
Future plans see a test and development environment being installed for each standard configuration of common use room that is supported. This will ensure that a standard and controlled process is being used when adding new equipment to the room AV infrastructure.