Campus Technology recently identified five major and three minor trends driving AV in higher education. In summary:
1. AV is running on IP. While AV used to be a point-to-point system that relied on "expensive matrix switchers" to connect equipment, now schools are moving to systems that use streaming encoders and decoders that can operate through standard gigabit-caliber network switches.
2. Everything is going wireless. Simply put, wireless devices encourage more collaboration in the classroom.
3. Collaboration needs are driving AV upgrades. Collaborative whiteboards and software are driving upgrades to the entire AV infrastructure.
4. Projector technology keeps improving. Projectors produce larger images and a host of other innovations, including annotating, screen capturing and whiteboarding.
5. Audio is getting simpler. Audio integration no longer needs to manage all of the sources in the room, but only the source that need to be focused on.
6. Video walls are being installed. Video walls are finding a home on campus, including some pretty major installations.
7. Writing surfaces are huge. Classrooms want as many writing surfaces as possible.
8. Managed switches are going into AV racks. AV and IT continue to merge.
The complete article from Campus Technology is available online.