AV Core Standards

To ensure that our AV systems are built to the highest industry standards and deliver the lowest life cycle costs, we maintain a set of Campus AV Core Standards. These are used as the basis for our consultation and design process and are updated annually to ensure that they are always at the forefront of AV industry best practices.

The OIT recommends following these core design standards when adding technology to your space.  These standards work in conference rooms, classrooms, offices, or any kind of meeting space. They can be customized to meet your specific needs.

Learning Space Design Standard Guidelines

Core Definitions

Core 0 Digital Sign
Typically digital signage applications. No local wired inputs.
Core 1 Small Group 2-6 People
Includes a single display, an HDMI input plate on the wall directly below the display to connect a laptop or other digital device. Control is via a wall-mounted button panel. Sound is from the display's loudspeakers.
Core 2 Conference Calls
Includes a single display. A tabletop conferencing console with an HDMI input, loudspeaker, microphone, and touchscreen control. Other capabilities include wireless AV connection and USB video camera.
Core 3 Single Display Conference Room
Includes a single display and an HDMI input plate located anywhere in the room. A conferencing system with a camera and microphones is built-in. Control is via a touchscreen. Sound is via external loudspeakers. Equipment is located in an AV rack or credenza.
Core 4 Typical Classroom
Includes a single display, supports multiple inputs/sources from a wide variety of devices, including laptops and tablets.  Equipment will be located in an AV rack, lectern, or credenza. Control is via a touchscreen. Sound is via external loudspeakers.
Core 5 Two Display Classroom
Includes two displays capable of showing different sources simultaneously, multiple inputs/sources from a wide variety of devices, including laptops and tablets. Equipment will be located in an AV rack, lectern, or credenza. Control is via a touchscreen. Sound is via external loudspeakers.
Core 6 Large Classroom
Two sources displayed simultaneously on three displays. One display shows the main content, two displays show secondary content. Displays are installed so that everyone can see the main content and at least one display showing secondary content. Multiple inputs/sources from a wide variety of devices, including laptops and tablets. Equipment will be located in an AV rack, lectern, or credenza. Control is via a touchscreen. Sound is via external loudspeakers.
Core 7 Custom System
Custom designed AV system for the specialized needs of the space.

Key Terms

  • AV Rack: equipment rack usually located in a different room than the AV presentation equipment.
  • BYOD: bring your own device (tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc).
  • Conferencing System: hardware and software enabling video or audio conferencing.
  • Confidence Monitor: a display viewed by the presenter typically located so that the presenter always faces the audience.
  • Credenza: a low furniture cabinet with a door located in the room, it has shelves or a rack for AV equipment.
  • Display: flat-screen monitor, or projector and projection screen.
  • Dryline: a cable, usually permanently installed, that does not connect to any electronic devices at either end
  • HDMI: a flat connector carries both audio and video.
  • Infrastructure: wiring pathways (conduit), junctions, and boxes installed in a building.
  • Input Plate: wall or furniture mounted jack(s) for connecting laptops etc.
  • Lectern: furniture the presenter stands behind while presenting.
  • Lecture Capture: automated system to record a specific class
  • Podium: a raised floor platform the presenter stands on.