Scheduled Classroom Improvements
Tolentine Classroom Project - January 2011 – December 2012
Classroom Technologies’ group continues to revamp and upgrade Classroom AV systems in Tolentine Hall.
- New systems match the Mendel Hall upgrades, including the capability to tie into a central rich media recording system. (cameras, mics, DSP)
- New systems have improved audio capabilities, including the easy addition of wireless microphone when required (due to instructor illness or ADA requirements)
- New Smart Podium (wide screen) annotation devices included
- Where possible, the new electric motorized screens have been offset from center to increase white/black board writing space.
- New projectors, screens and switchers are widescreen/HDMI (Hi-def) capable and have display port connections in preparation of the sunset of the VGA display standard.
Bartley Classroom Project - Summer 2012 through Dec 2012
- Installation of motorized screens; projectors and new podiums
For the first week of the Spring 2011 semester, Classroom Technologies Support staff held individual one-on-one training sessions in the Tolentine Hall newly renovated classrooms. CTS staff, with help from Media Technologies staff, demonstrated the basic features of projection system and also introduced faculty to the new classroom technologies available (e.g. SMART Podium and Mediasite lecture capture system).
In addition, at the start of the Spring 2011 semesters, IT staff reached out to the 16 faculty members teaching in Driscoll Hall for their very 1st time, explaining the basic operation of the classroom technology and offering one-on-one classroom technology training sessions and support.
As Instructional Technologies performs technical upgrades to the Tolentine classrooms throughout the Spring 2011 semester, IT staff provides training to affected faculty. As upgrades are performed on a particular classroom, IT staff contacts and meets with each faculty member as they teach in the temporary classroom (Tolentine 305) for that week. During this meeting, IT staff demonstrates the basic features of the projection system and also introduces them to the new classroom technologies available (e.g. SMART Podium). IT staff also offers additional, one-on-one training on the SMART podium after the faculty member returns to their original classroom. As of April 12 2011, IT staff contacted and met with approximately 39 faculty teaching in the renovated Tolentine classrooms.
Moreover, throughout the Spring 2011 semester, Instructional Technologies individually trained dozens of faculty who requested assistance with the Driscoll, Mendel, and Tolentine classroom technology. Also, for campus lectures and major campus events held in the larger, Driscoll Lecture Halls, Instructional Technologies provided training for presenters and groups on how to use the classroom technology and multimedia equipment.
Once again for the first week of the Fall 2011 semester, Classroom Technologies Support staff held individual one-on-one training sessions in the Tolentine Hall newly renovated classrooms. CTS staff, with help from Media Technologies staff, demonstrated the basic features of projection system and also introduced faculty to the new classroom technologies available (e.g. SMART Podium and Mediasite lecture capture system).