The University of Iowa

Universal Control Panel Interface and Localizing A/V Systems in UCRs

May 13, 2021

LST’s support team hopes to push out a new GUI to learning space A/V touchscreen control panels that begins to “ubiquitize” an end user’s classroom A/V experience. Bryan Cooling, an LST IT Support Analyst, explains, “we’re hoping to have a new universal GUI pushed out and installed by the first two weeks of break, between Spring and Summer semesters, so at least some instructors will begin to have a chance to get used to it before the Fall semester.” The goal here is, “when you go from one building to another, the experience of the control panel will be about 95% the same. I say about 95%, because there are some learning spaces that have unique audible or visual features that must be accommodated at the control panel.”

Control Panel Interface

By going to a universal GUI, instructors will not have to learn a different classroom A/V control panel setup; however, this does not yet include any of the bespoke designed TILE spaces, which LST hopes to eventually address. Cooling stresses, the LST support team is “very conscious not to attempt changes during the middle of a semester, because it could just be too jarring for our end users,” and potentially too disruptive of the primary teaching and learning goals of these learning spaces.

Another aspect of the work LST has been doing is localizing classroom equipment. Recently, Cooling has worked with LST's Les Neu, a Senior IT Support Consultant, and LST’s Support team lead and Senior IT Support Consultant, Kirk Batterson, in both the Seaman’s Center and the Adler Journalism Building, “where about 12 classrooms will have become more efficient by moving A/V system equipment from remote A/V closets to local lectern A/V racks,” thus making their components easier to access and support, according to Cooling.


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