Classroom Update Schedule

Out with the old, in with the New!

The Classroom Technologies group in UNIT will begin removing old, outdated technology from classrooms beginning January 2016. This old technology is often taking up unnecessary space, remains unused and parts are no longer available. Also, new technologies are already installed or available to replace this aging equipment.

The following AV equipment will be removed from all classrooms:

  • Carts with TVs and VCRs
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Slide Projectors

Also, moving forward, Classroom Technologies will no longer       install VCRs or DVD players in new classroom AV systems, nor will we replace failing units in existing systems. 

Oh no! I use overhead projectors for instruction. What do I do??

We now offer Document Cameras that connect to all classroom AV systems. A document camera will do all of the things that an overhead projector can do plus more! Here is a video link to the product and some of its features:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBOVglqWpDs

Oh no! I use VHS tapes and DVDs for instruction. What do I do?? 

We understand many faculty still use VHS tapes and DVDs for instruction. Did you know our Media Technologies group can convert VHS tapes to DVD? This will preserve important media to a more reliable and available standard. To request a VHS tape be transferred to DVD please complete and submit the form at:

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit/instructionaltech/audiovideo/mediaconversion.html

Ok, I’ve converted my VHS tape to DVD but there is no longer a DVD player in my classroom. What do I do?

Many computers and laptops still feature a DVD drive. You can play a DVD in a classroom with any computer that has a DVD drive, and they often support more regions than a standalone DVD player. UNIT also has an E-Com (Equipment Checkout) service where multi-region Blu-ray/DVD players can be barrowed upon request. These players connect to all existing classroom AV systems and the Classroom Technologies support staff can assist with any questions. You can reserve equipment for checkout by calling our E-Com Hotline at 610-519-4467. You can also find out more information about equipment available for checkout by visiting E-Com’s website at:  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit/instructionaltech/classequipment/loaner.html

 

The following classroom renovations/upgrades are planned for 2016

 

 

Location

 

Technology Enhancement

 

Status

CEER 210

 

Conference Room upgrade planned for Winter Break. New AV system to support analog and digital sources, audio conferencing, software-based videoconferencing and wireless collaboration.

 

Winter Break

Campus Wide

 

Replacing outdated/discontinued standard classroom switchers with updated switchers for better performance and reliability.

 

On-going

Vasey 203/208

New AV systems are being designed to accommodate learning scenarios that include classroom instruction and counseling sessions; allow students to control and record counseling sessions and have them instantly available for playback and critique.

Spring Break 2016

Mendel 85

A new AV system is being designed to include collaborative technologies to provide venue for hybrid courses; TBD based on FMO fixing air handler.

Spring 2016 (TBD)

Bartley 31

New dual purpose student recording space and DL classroom with 2 full HD displays, wired and wireless AV, audio conferencing and software-based video conferencing.

Spring 2016

Villanova Conference Center

Phase II upgrades including addition of control systems, completion of large conference room and 3 smaller conference rooms.

Spring 2016 (TBD)

Driscoll classrooms & Labs - Phase II

Add HDMI to all classrooms, labs, lecture hall and auditorium.

Spring 2016

Driscoll classrooms & Labs – Phase III

New AV systems are being designed to match campus standards, including new equipment locations, AV switchers, podiums, interactive pen displays, headend systems and wiring. Actual work to take place later in 2016-2018.

Spring 2016

Donohue

Upgrade aged audio distribution system in café and other areas.

Spring 2016 (TBD)

Dougherty

Add additional microphone for CafeNova intercom system.

Spring 2016

White 114/324

Upgrade projectors in both rooms and add HDMI in 324.

Spring 2016

Vasey 104 Conference Room

Install 60" Interactive Display, on-board PC, wireless AV, and wireless keyboard.

 

Spring 2016

Dougherty

Replace bad digital signage display in café area.

Spring 2016

Garey 31 and St. Rita’s Digital Signage

Add new indoor digital signage location in Garey 31 and new outdoor digital signage location at St. Rita’s.

Spring 2016

JBH 106 Fluids Lab

Install new display and wireless AV device pending network analysis.

Spring 2016 (TBD)

If you have any questions about the changes taking place, work scheduled or need to request alternative equipment for your classroom please call our Classroom Support Hotline @610-519-5631.

Report a Problem or Request Assistance

Call the Classroom Support Hotline @ 610-519-5631 to report classroom A/V problems, request assistance or request training. For basic operations we can often meet you right before your class and get you up to speed!