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 CNB 30 University Classroom Technology

 

Using A/V Control Panel

This TILE 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 when finished [press POWER OFF SYSTEM button]

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

  • check BLANK DISPLAY 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 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 five unique Room Modes available in this learning space are: LECTURE MODE, COLLABORATION MODE, BREAKOUT MODE,BROADCAST MODE and RESET CLASSROOM MODE

  • LECTURE MODE
    • this mode provides basic functionality to display single or dual sources/inputs on projectors to help facilitate content display in larger learning spaces
    • by default, this mode provides Single Monitor-Multiple Screen Media Lectern functionality with the capability to display the same source/input on multiple projectors
      • to provide Single Monitor-Dual Screen Media Lectern functionality with the capability to independently display a unique source/input on Left Projector and Right Projector, Toggle MIRROR PROJECTORS button on main menu, then independently select projector sources [COMPUTER is default source/input for both projectors]
    • to switch modes, select POWER OFF SYSTEM button and choose RESET CLASSROOM MODEoptions
  • COLLABORATION MODE
    • this mode provides basic functionality to display an independent, single source/input on each monitor to help facilitate group content display
    • by default, this mode provides Single Monitor-Multiple Screen Media Lectern functionality with the capability to display the same source/input on multiple monitors
      • to provide Single Monitor-Multiple Screen Media Lectern functionality with the advanced capability to independently display a group source/input at each table, Toggle BREAKOUT MODE button, then independently select display source [WIRELESS is default setting for all Student Displays]
  • BREAKOUT MODE
    • this sub-mode provides functionality to allow each individual table/computer to display its own content as source/input for breakout session or group work and is made accessible by selecting COLLABORATION MODE at startup
    • options for Student Displays on Control Panel include: WIRELESS [default] or LAPTOP
  • BROADCAST MODE
    • this mode, accessible from within the Broadcast menu of the Control Panel Interface, provides LECTURE MODE or COLLABORATION MODE functionality plus an advanced capability to Broadcast various sources/inputs to remote learning spaces [within select CNB room locations]
      • Toggle Broadcast button ON, then select Source to Broadcast [NONE SELECTED, is default setting]
      • Toggle Broadcast button OFF to reset A/V system to normal LECTERN MODE or COLLABORATION MODE functionality
  • RESET CLASSROOM MODE
    • accessed via the POWER SYSTEM OFF button, this mode provides an opportunity to switch between LECTERN MODE and COLLABORATION MODE without having to restart the A/V system

Using Single Monitor-Multiple Screens

This learning space is equipped with a single lectern computer monitor and multiple screens/monitors to help facilitate duplication of content display in large learning spaces [available in both LECTERN MODE and COLLABORATION MODE].

  1. When starting A/V Control Panel Interface, A/V system will by default use COMPUTER [lectern computer's monitor] as its source/input [Mirror Projectors option is selected]
  2. To view or project an alternate source, such as WIRELESS, DOC CAM, or LAPTOP, select source/input accordingly on A/V Control Panel Interface

If you encounter an unresponsive monitor:

  • check BLANK DISPLAY button is not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface
  • see Digital Imaging Projector documentation for additional information, and/or contact ITS Help Desk

See Single Monitor-Multiple Screens documentation for additional information.

Using Single Monitor-Dual Screens

This learning space is equipped with a single lectern computer monitor and dual projectors/screens in LECTERN MODE [not available in COLLABORATION MODE] to help facilitate multiple sources of display content.

  1. De-select Mirror Projectors option on main menu
  2. By default, A/V system will use COMPUTER, the lectern computer's monitor, for Left Projector and Right Projector
  3. To view or project an alternate source, such as WIRELESS, LAPTOP, or DOC CAM, select Display Input Selection for each projector accordingly on A/V Control Panel Interface

If you encounter an unresponsive projector:

  • check BLANK DISPLAY buttons are not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface
  • see Digital Imaging Projector documentation for additional information, and/or contact ITS Help Desk

See Single Monitor-Dual Screen Media Lectern documentation for additional information.

Using Lectern Computer

This learning space is equipped with a Windows Desktop Workstation Computer.

  1. Press Space Bar on computer keyboard to wake main computer display
  2. Log on with HawkID & password, and remember to log off when finished

If you cannot access computer’s login 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 [two lavalieres and one handheld].

  • Wireless microphones provide audio input for both room's speakers, as well as lectern computer and its Zoom, UICapture/Panopto, and Skype for Business apps
  • Switch/power wireless microphone ON
  • Microphone levels and muting may also be controlled on the AUDIO menu of the Control Panel Interface
  • Remember to return wireless microphone to recharging base for next user when finished

If you encounter non-working wireless microphone:

    • check microphone info display for power or muting
    • check microphone display info for potential recharging on microphone base typically located on/near lectern surface
    • select Speakerphone (Extron MediaPort200 Speakerphone) as audio input/source device in lectern computer's Zoom, Panopto, or Skype for Business apps
    • wireless microphone may require re-pairing with microphone base
    • 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 wall-mounted PTZ camera.

  • PTZ cameras may be re-positioned with Control Panel Interface as needed [press CAMERA source button on A/V Control Panel Interface to access options]

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

    • select Extron MediaPort200 as camera input/source in lectern computer's Zoom, Panopto, or Skype for Business apps
    • 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 buttons; press volume up to increase volume, press volume down to decrease volume
  • Press Audio MUTE ALL button on A/V Control Panel Interface to control audio muting
  • Program levels and muting may also be controlled on the AUDIO menu of the Control Panel Interface

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

    • ensure control panel, microphone, 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 SVSi NSeries (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 SVSi NSeries (Intel(R) Display Audio) as lectern computer's audio output device or playback source

Using Document Camera

This learning space is equipped with a WolfVision document camera.

  1. Select DOC CAM as display input/source on A/V Control Panel Interface
  2. Document camera may not auto power on; if unresponsive, check document camera has power cable connected and 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 green when powered on]; if unresponsive, check document camera has power cable 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 BLANK DISPLAY button on A/V Control Panel Interface
    • restart A/V system by pressing control panel POWER OFF SYSTEM button, wait a minute, then press STARTUP again
    • contact ITS Help Desk, if document camera remains unresponsive

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

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.

 


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

For information regarding the COVID-19 Operational Response for Custodial Services, Building Operations and Maintenance and/or the UI Operational Plan for Cleaning and Disinfecting of Building Spaces, please visit the Facilities Management.

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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