Asbury Theological Seminary is an evangelical Christian seminary located in Wilmore, Kentucky. It is the largest seminary in the Wesleyan tradition and advocates for egalitarianism, giving equal status for men and women in ministerial roles and for ordination. When Charlie Fiddler, technical events specialist at the seminary, undertook the task of upgrading the conferencing system, he turned to ClearOne to provide an audio solution that would integrate with existing AV equipment.
“We wanted to be able to capture the voices of instructors, with or without lapel microphones, based on individual preferences and the questions from students, regardless of whether or not they are located on campus or calling in from other locations,” Fiddler explained. “It was key that everyone be able to hear everyone else at all times.”
Initially, the seminary considered upgrading the audio conferencing capabilities in just one classroom but changed its mind when it was forced to confront the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “We chose instead to invest in 15 hybrid instruction rooms where teachers and students in one classroom could be joined by students working from remote locations,” he added. “As a result, we were able to implement and maintain a successful hybrid teaching environment, albeit one where each of the upgraded 15 classrooms had their own acoustic tendencies that needed to be addressed. The Converge Pro 2 DSPs do an exceptional job in providing flexibility and power without the need for the end user to have to think about it. They can be installed and configured and just work for anyone who wants to use the classroom.”