Case Study: Audio Visual Innovations Inc.

AVI Delivers Industry-Specific Training

Audio Visual Innovations, Inc. (AVI), the largest privately held, full-service audio-visual products and services provider in the U.S., was seeking an easy-to-use learning management solution to centralize all company training and reporting. AVI wanted to move training delivery online to support learning and certifications for its nationally dispersed workforce.


In the audio-visual industry there is not currently a form of higher education that gives those who wish to enter the field the necessary training. AVI was conducting industry- specific training and certification in-house via traditional instructor-led training. The bulk of the training was offered at the home office with complementary independent classes available across the country. By conducting the training in this way, AVI found it costly and difficult to keep track of training completions and certifications.

Also, employees that were located outside the home office were given the task of locating and registering for classes in their area in order to obtain the required certifications. This created a tracking and reporting challenge. The outdated process inhibited AVI from having up-to-date information about classes that employees had taken and the certifications they had completed.


AVI decided to move its training and certification program online in order to accommodate the company’s nationally dispersed workforce. When deciding to make the move to online training, learning leaders knew that the selected solution must also enable AVI to continue to develop content that met standards put forth by

InfoComm International. InfoComm International is a non-profit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide. This organization develops the standards and certification requirements for professionals in the AV industry.

AVI ultimately chose GeoLearning’s on-demand GeoExpress Learning Management System because of its rapid, Software as a Service deployment model, as well as its powerful dynamic reporting engine. Using the GeoExpress platform gave AVI the ability to:

>> Track and report on course completions and certifications in real time.
>> Enable managers to review and approve student learning requests.
>> Create industry-specific learning content with Trivantis’ Lectora authoring tool to upload courses to GeoExpress using the course upload tool.
>> Create and assign learning plans composed of both online training and ILT.
>> Centralize the scheduling for both online and instructor-led training.

“GeoLearning understood the needs of our small but emerging organization,” explained Jennifer Schwartzberg, Training and Development Manager at Audio Visual Innovations. “Our training audience has varying degrees of computer skills. So the ease of navigation and user-friendly design of GeoExpress enables our employees to quickly and easily register and launch courses for certification. With GeoLearning’s e-learning solutions we have seen increased performance on the job, and this in turn has improved overall customer satisfaction.”


On the heels of using GeoExpress to move major portions of its certification programs online, AVI next plans to deploy GeoConnect powered by WebEx to deliver synchronous training over the Web. This will help AVI achieve its goal of converting its remaining instructor-led classes to an online format.

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