The University of Iowa

The Learning Spaces Technology [LST] group provides consulting, design, installation, training, management and support for 324 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, web conferencing camera, 150-degree wide-angle lens, USB HD webcam on flexible arm mount
•  Microphone - MXL AC-404 USB Conferencing boundary mic

Need Help? Contact ITS Help Desk

Phone: 319-384-4357 [HELP]



University Classroom Technology Guide

Personal Device Connections


A personal device connection is available in all of the University Classrooms across campus. Most commonly this will be used to connect a laptop or tablet to the room projection system.

Each classrooms personal device connections are listed on the classrooms website.

VGA Connection

A VGA connection is available in all University Classrooms. This type of connection only passes a video to the projection system.

VGA Cable Image
  • If you wish to also play audio while using VGA there will be a 3.5mm audio jack (often attached to the VGA cable) at the podium that you will also need to connection to your source.

3.5mm Audio Cable

HDMI Connection

An HDMI Personal Device Connection is available in all UCRs across campus and is most commonly used to connect a laptop or tablet to the room projection system.

HDMI Cable
  • HDMI typically passes both video and audio content through the cable so only a single connection to the projection system is required [older HDMI devices may also require a separate audio cable connection]
  • HDMI device adapters
    • Use of a direct HDMI connection [over use of an HDMI device adapter] is advised whenever possible
    • Older HDMI adapters may also require a separate audio cable connection
    • Not all personal devices may have an HDMI port, allowing adapters to provide the ability for devices with various display port types to be adapted to HDMI; therefore, it is advised to verify the type of adapter required by a specific personal device*

* Please note, individuals or departments must supply device adapters for personal devices

Connecting Laptop/Tablet via HDMI

  1. To use HDMI Personal Device Connection, connect provided HDMI cable on lectern to laptop/tablet HDMI port [laptops/tablets or HDMI adapters are not typically provided]
  2. Select HDMI as display source/input on A/V control panel

If you cannot produce in-room video and/or audio through HDMI with the A/V system on and un-muted, and HDMI selected, then:

    • increase A/V control panel audio level
    • toggle PICTURE MUTE [PIC MUTE, or MUTE] and/or AUDIO MUTE button on A/V control panel
    • not all HDMI adapters work well with every device and the Extron A/V system; testing HDMI connection ahead of time is highly recommended
    • restart A/V system by pressing control panel SYSTEM SHUTDOWN [or OFF] button, wait a few minutes, then press STARTUP again, or contact ITS Help Desk

VGA/HDMI to Device Adapters

Some personal devices do not have onboard HDMI or VGA ports. Adapters provide the ability for devices with other onboard display ports to be adapted to either VGA or HDMI. The Learning Spaces Team recommends the use of HDMI whenever possible. The type of onboard port with vary between devices so make sure to verify the type of adapter your device requires.*

* Please note: ITS does not supply device adapters for personal devices; please consult with your department for availability or procurement.


For information on each UCR's personal device connections, please visit the Classrooms website 

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