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Over a dozen rooms, including labs, classrooms and meeting spaces, were transformed over the summer to include the latest technology 4K high-resolution LCD displays, upgraded sound systems, mobile tablets for collaboration, videoconferencing, wireless devices, and lecterns that allow the instructor to either sit or stand.
The IT Communications team designed and installed multimedia systems in University Center Rooms 211, 212, 213 and 214, outfitting each meeting room with a large 4K high-resolution display. These rooms can hosting video conferencing sessions and feature upgraded sound systems. These four rooms can be used independently or can be combined for large events.
In support of the University’s new First-Year Living-Learning Community program, we installed a multimedia system on the first floor of Eddy Hall. The setup features of a large video display, PC with internet access, web camera for videoconferencing, and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
In a collaborative effort with the Classroom Technology Advisory Committee, Blodgett 211 and Levermore 309 and 314 were redesigned and upgraded to maximize space, improve line of sight to both the projection screens and whiteboards. There’s now more writing surface when the projection systems are in use. We installed AirTouch lecterns so faculty can either sit or stand. By placing the monitor, keyboard and mouse on the AirTouch tables, we’ve improved the ergonomic use of the space. The audiovisual systems were outfitted with lampless projectors that project brighter and sharper images, while using less electric and no lamps to throw away in the landfill, which continues our green initiative commitment. Occupancy sensors were installed to shut down A/V technology when not in use for a more than an hour. To improve management of the technology, the PC workstation and system controls were brought to the lecterns, this includes USB input. Lastly, new tablet armchairs were placed in the rooms to provide students with more writing surface. These more comfortable chairs can be placed together to form table-like surfaces for collaborative activity. We look to bring this type of innovative classroom design to many more classrooms over the coming semesters.
Working with the Departments of Biology, Facilities and Purchasing, IT redesigned and installed multimedia systems in Science Building labs 133 and 134. Tech improvements made in both labs include three large LCD displays, designed to facilitate collaborative activities. Using the AirMedia systems, students can log on wirelessly using one of the dozen Microsoft Surface units in each room, or they can participate using their own devices. For ease of use, system control and source inputs are all located at the AirTouch lecterns, where faculty can either sit or stand. Faculty have the ability to switch or move content to any of the screens located within the labs.
The team installed a multimedia system in the new School of Business conference room on the second floor of Hagedorn Hall. The system features a large video display, internet-enabled PC, web camera for videoconferencing, wireless keyboard and mouse, and a phone set for teleconferencing.