Your audio/visual technology support center.

Audio/Visual Solutions, a team within the Office of Information Technology, provides support and maintenance, consultation, design, installation, and training for a variety of audio/visual resources. AVS supports technology in classrooms and conference rooms. AVS also supports digital signage across campus as well as the indoor and outdoor Emergency PA system. AVS serves as technical support for live events.


Classroom Technology – Supporting Socially Distanced Learning

AVS has installed web cameras on adjustable mounts in over 400 instructional spaces across campus to allow instructors to livestream and record lectures. This facilitates equitable learning opportunities for both face-to-face and remote learners.

Disposable microphone covers have been delivered to academic departments across campus.  Microphone covers were packaged for faculty scheduled to teach in classrooms with a capacity of 15 or more students. These packages were created based on the Registrar’s latest report of classroom capacities to promote social distancing.

Cleaning Classroom Technology

Instructor stations with push buttons are to be cleaned with sanitizing wipes.

Newer instructor stations that feature touch panels are to be sanitized with alcohol in spray bottles. Spray the alcohol to a paper towel, and then wipe down the equipment. NEVER spray cleaning products directly on the equipment.

OIT’s Center for Instructional Technology displays how best to clean instructor stations in the video, Using Panopto in the Classroom.

Classroom Lapel Microphone Covers

The use of an in-room lapel microphone may be necessary for voice amplification, as well as use with Zoom or Panopto for hybrid instruction.  Disposable mic covers will be provided upon request for the spring semester.   Complete this survey to request disposable mic covers.


Standard Classroom Computers

Computers at instructor stations are equipped with software to help UA faculty succeed. Below is a list of some of the software installed in AVS-supported classrooms.

  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.6
  • Audacity
  • AutoCAD 2020
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Blue Jeans
  • CHEMCAD Suite 7
  • ChemDoodle 10
  • ChemOffice Suite 2019
  • CodeBlocks 17
  • ERDAS IMAGINE 2018
  • Google Chrome
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 25
  • MATLAB R2019a
  • Mercury
  • MestReNova Lite
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Minitab 19
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • NVivo 12
  • Panopto
  • R for Windows
  • Revit 2020
  • RStudio
  • Skype
  • SOLIDWORKS 2020
  • TurningPoint
  • VLC media player
  • Wacom Tablet
  • Wolfram Mathematica 11
  • Zoom

AVS Services

Along with supporting classroom technology, AVS offers a wide array of services.

  • Consultation, design, maintenance and support of multimedia classrooms and conference rooms
  • Computer support for multimedia classrooms
  • Individual or group workshops on use of multimedia systems
  • Development of operation manuals for multimedia systems
  • Development of systems for special display mediums with A/V controls
  • Set-up and operation of PA and/or video projection systems for University-related events
  • Digital signage site surveys and installations
  • Short-term rental of some portable equipment

Report an Issue

To report an issue with a classroom, a digital sign, or part of the Indoor Emergency PA system:

  • Use the classroom help phone (Dial 2) to reach the AVS help desk.
  • Dial 348-3453 from any other phone.
  • Email avsolutions@ua.edu