The University of Iowa

The Learning Spaces Technology [LST] group provides consulting, design, installation, training, management and support for 300+ technology-equipped University Classrooms [UCRs] across campus and classrooms assigned to departments.

Classroom Updates

Beginning Fall semester of 2020, all UCRs will have webcams and microphones for use with UICapture software for lecture capture and podcasting, and Zoom software for synchronous classroom delivery:
•  Camera - Huddly Go, USB HD web conferencing camera with wide-angle lens on flexible arm mount, or wall-mounted PTZ webcam
•  Microphone - MXL AC-404 USB Conferencing boundary mic, or wireless microphone

Beginning Fall semester of 2021, all UCRs will have Solstice Pods for in-classroom wireless content sharing, and Zoom-compatible document cameras:
•  Wireless Presentation Device - Mersive Solstice Pod with unlimited connections
•  Document Camera - WolfVision vSolutions Cam document camera [or original document camera]


Need Help? Contact ITS Help Desk

Phone: 319-384-4357 [HELP]

Email: its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu

 

University Classroom Technology Guide

Getting Started with BCSB 101 University Classroom Technology

 

Using A/V Control Panel

This learning space is equipped with an Extron digital touchscreen A/V Control Panel Interface.

  1. To start A/V system, touch lectern's Control Panel Interface screen and remember to shutdown system [press SYSTEM OFF button] when finished

If you encounter an unresponsive A/V Control Panel Interface:

  • check VIDEO MUTE button is not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface
  • attempt to shutdown and restart A/V Control Panel Interface
  • contact ITS Help Desk if A/V system remains unresponsive

See Control Panel Interface documentation for additional information.

Using Listening Modes

This learning space is equipped with Listening Modes unique to this learning space and controlled via Extron digital touchscreen A/V Control Panel Interface. The five unique Listening Modes available in this learning space are: MULTI CHANNEL, 5/7 CH STEREO, DOLBY SURROUND, DTS NEUTRAL: X, and LOGIC 7 IMMERSION.

  1. Select desired Listening Mode under Listening Modes on A/V Control Panel Interface
    • While any Listening Mode may be selected, it is recommended to match Listening Mode selected to original sound source of media being presented; consult media packaging/source for additional information regarding original sound source options for selected media

Note: Listening Modes can be changed amid session by pressing the desired Listening Modes button on the A/V Control Panel Interface

Using Room Modes

This learning space is equipped with Room Modes unique to this learning space and controlled via Extron digital touchscreen A/V Control Panel Interface. The two unique Room Modes available in this learning space are: BASIC MODE and 16 MM AUDIO MODE.

  • BASIC MODE
    • this default mode provides normal Single Monitor-Single Screen Media Lectern functionality with abilities to independently select and display a single source/input
  • 16 MM AUDIO MODE
    • this mode provides an advanced capability to display 16mm film content on screen and is activated by pressing 16 MM AUDIO button on Control Panel Interface
    • to restore BASIC MODE, simply press 16 MM AUDIO button on Control Panel Interface

Note: Room Modes can be changed amid session by pressing the desired Room Mode button on the A/V Control Panel Interface

Using Single Monitor-Single Screen Projector

This learning space is equipped with a single lectern computer monitor and single projector/screen.

  1. Select Display Input Selection on A/V Control Panel Interface [by default, A/V system will use PC, the lectern computer's monitor]
  2. To view or project an alternate source, such as MAC, SOLSTICE, DOC CAM, BLU-RAY, or HDMI, select accordingly on A/V Control Panel Interface

If you encounter an unresponsive projector:

  • check VIDEO MUTE button is not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under TOOLS menu]
  • see Digital Imaging Projector documentation for additional information, and/or contact ITS Help Desk

See Single Monitor-Single Screen documentation for additional information.

Using Lectern Computer

This learning space is equipped with both a Windows Desktop Workstation Computer, and an Apple Macintosh Mini Workstation Computer.

  1. A/V system will by default use PC [lectern computer's monitor] as its source/input; alternatively, to use Apple Macintosh system press MAC on A/V Control Panel Interface
  2. For either Windows or Macintosh system, press Space Bar on computer keyboard to wake main computer display
  3. Log on with HawkID & password, and remember to log off when finished

If you cannot access computer’s login menu:

  • check VIDEO MUTE button is not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under TOOLS menu]
  • check computer monitor is powered ON
  • make certain HDMI/Display Port cable is connected on back of monitor
  • restart computer by pressing down Power Button on computer until it powers down, then press again to restart
  • contact ITS Help Desk, if issue persists

Using Wireless Microphones

This learning space is equipped with Wireless Microphones [lavaliere & handheld].

If you encounter non-working wireless microphone:

    • check microphone info display for power or muting
    • check microphone display info for potential battery replacement; rechargeable batteries are typically located on battery charger, alkaline batteries are typically located within microphone drawer
      • if using rechargeable battery supplies, remember to replace depleted batteries on charger
      • if nearing end of battery supplies, contact ITS Help Desk for resupply
    • select Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (TesiraFORTE) as audio input/source device in lectern computer's Zoom, Panopto, or Skype for Business apps
    • if correct audio input device is not available for lectern computer's apps, contact ITS Help Desk

See Capturing Computer Video and Audio documentation for additional information.

Using Computer/Web-conferencing USB Camera

This learning space is equipped with a Huddly Go webcam.

  • Huddly Go webcam on flexible mount may be manually re-positioned as needed

If you encounter non-working Computer/Web-conferencing USB Camera:

    • select Huddly Go as camera input/source in lectern computer's Zoom, Panopto, or Skype for Business apps
    • unplug/re-plug USB cable on back of Huddly Go camera
    • if correct camera input device is not available for lectern computer's apps, contact ITS Help Desk

See Capturing Computer Video and Audio documentation for additional information.

Room Audio

This learning space is equipped with in-room audio output from lectern computer through ceiling-mounted speakers and controlled via A/V Control Panel Interface.

  • A/V Control Panel Interface contains touchscreen Volume Slider; drag up to increase volume, drag down to decrease volume
  • Press Audio MUTE button on A/V Control Panel Interface to control audio muting

If you cannot produce in-room audio from lectern computer with A/V system on and un-muted:

    • ensure computer/device, app, or website audio is not muted
    • increase computer/device, app, or website audio level, or increase A/V Control Panel Interface audio level
    • select Extron HDMI (Intel(R) Display Audio) as speaker or audio playback source in lectern computer's Zoom, Panopto, or Skype for Business apps
    • check computer/device audio Settings: select Extron HDMI (Intel(R) Display Audio) as lectern computer's audio output device or playback source
    • contact ITS Help Desk if issue persists

Using Blu-Ray Media Player

This learning space is equipped with a Blu-Ray Media Player.

  1. Select BLU-RAY as display input/source on A/V Control Panel Interface
  2. Press Eject button on Blu-Ray Media Player disc tray [typically mounted in A/V rack] or A/V Control Panel Interface to load BD or DVD media
  3. Blu-Ray Media Player may be controlled with A/V Control Panel Interface, or by remote control typically available near Blu-Ray Media Player or in A/V rack drawer

If you cannot produce in-room video and/or audio from Blu-Ray Media Player with A/V system on and un-muted, and BLU-RAY selected:

    • increase A/V Control Panel Interface audio level
    • toggle VIDEO MUTE button on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under TOOLS menu], or toggle MUTE button on Blu-Ray remote control [if available]
    • restart A/V system by pressing control panel SYSTEM OFF button, wait a minute, then press STARTUP again
    • contact ITS Help Desk if issue persists
    • if using DVD media, you may alternatively attempt to play it through lectern computer's DVD player

See Blu-Ray Media Player documentation for additional information.

Using Document Camera

This learning space is equipped with a single WolfVision vSolution Cam document camera.

  1. Select DOC CAM as display input/source on A/V Control Panel Interface [typically, doc cam base will emit small green light when powered on]
  2. Document camera may not auto power on; if unresponsive, press power button ON

If document camera cannot be projected with A/V system on and un-muted, and DOC CAM selected on A/V Control Panel Interface:

    • press power button on document camera [typically, document camera's power button light should turn blue when powered on]; if unresponsive, check document camera has power and output cables connected
    • check document camera has HDMI cable connected to OUTPUT [for use with Zoom, or UICapture/Panopto, document camera must also have a USB cable connection]
    • toggle VIDEO MUTE button on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under TOOLS menu]
    • restart A/V system by pressing control panel SYSTEM OFF button, wait a minute, then press STARTUP again
    • contact ITS Help Desk, if doc cam remains unresponsive

See Document Camera documentation for additional information; see Document Camera & Zoom Guide for information on Document Camera & Zoom Capture.

Connecting HDMI-capable Devices via HDMI

This learning space is equipped with an HDMI cable to display/project from an HDMI-capable personal device.

  1. To display/project HDMI-capable device, connect provided HDMI-cable on media lectern to personal device's HDMI-port [HDMI-capable devices or HDMI-adapters are provided by user or department]
  2. Select HDMI as display input/source on A/V Control Panel Interface

If you cannot produce in-room video and/or audio through HDMI with A/V system on and un-muted, and HDMI selected as input/source on A/V Control Panel Interface:

    • increase A/V Control Panel Interface audio level
    • toggle VIDEO MUTE and/or Audio MUTE button on A/V Control Panel Interface
    • restart A/V system by pressing control panel SYSTEM OFF button, wait a minute, then press STARTUP again
    • contact ITS Help Desk if issue persists

Note: not all HDMI-adapters may work well with every device and Extron A/V system; testing HDMI Personal Device Connection prior to intended use is highly recommended

See HDMI Personal Device Connection documentation for additional information. To connect a personal device to campus wireless network see UI Wireless eduroam Network documentation for additional information.

Using Solstice

This learning space is equipped with Solstice wireless collaboration and content sharing platform.

  1. Select SOLSTICE as source on A/V Control Panel Interface

If Solstice cannot be projected with the A/V system on and un-muted, and SOLSTICE selected on A/V Control Panel Interface:

    • Solstice may require a power-cycling; report to ITS Help Desk

See Solstice documentation for additional information.

Using Accessible Media Lectern

This learning space is equipped with an Accessible Media Lectern with adjustable height capability.

  1. Press lectern's height-adjusting buttons [typically located on right side and just under lectern's surface] to raise/lower lectern

See Accessible Media Lectern documentation for additional information.

Using Accessible XLR Audio Input/Output

This learning space is equipped with Accessible XLR Audio Input/Output capability.

See Accessible XLR Audio Input/Output documentation for additional information.

 


Visit the COVID-19: Classroom Experience site for additional information regarding University Classroom expectations for the 2021 Fall semester.

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For assistance with classroom technology issues, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 384-HELP [4357] or its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu

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