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 VAB 125 University Classroom Technology

 

Using Room Mode

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: SINGLE PROJECTOR and DUAL PROJECTOR.

  • SINGLE PROJECTOR MODE
    • this mode provides normal Single Monitor-Single Screen Media Lectern functionality with abilities to independently select and display various sources/inputs on one centered screen
  • DUAL PROJECTOR MODE
    • this mode provides normal Dual Monitor-Dual Screen Media Lectern functionality with abilities to independently select and display various sources/inputs on each left & right screen

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

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 Projector MUTE button[s] are not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under TOOLS]
  • 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 Dual Monitor-Single Screen Projector

This learning space is equipped with dual lectern computer monitors and single projector/screen in SINGLE PROJECTOR MODE.

  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 PC EXTEND, DOC CAM, BLU-RAY, HDMI or SOLSTICE, select Display Input Selection accordingly on A/V Control Panel Interface

If you encounter an unresponsive projector:

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

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

Using Dual Monitors-Dual Screen Projectors

This learning space is equipped with dual lectern computer monitors and dual projectors/screens DUAL PROJECTOR MODE.

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

If you encounter an unresponsive projector:

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

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

Using Lectern Computer

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

  1. A/V system will by default use PC [lectern computer's monitor] as its source/input
  2. 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 Projector MUTE button[s] are not selected on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under DISPLAY CONTROL]
  • 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, both lavaliere and handheld microphone.

  • Wireless microphones provide audio input for room's speakers only [voice lift for Room Audio
  • Switch/power wireless microphone ON

If you encounter non-working wireless microphone:

    • check microphone info display for power and/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 resuppl
    • if correct audio output is not available for Room Audio, contact ITS Help Desk

See Capturing Computer Video and Audio documentation for additional information.

Using Computer/Web-conferencing USB Microphones

  • Computer/Web-conferencing USB microphones are typically mounted on media lecterns and connected to computer monitor USB hubs
  • USB microphones may be moved within available length of USB cable

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

    • select Microphone (USB audio CODEC) as audio input device in Zoom, Panopto, or Skype
    • unplug/re-plug the USB cable on back of USB microphone
    • make sure USB cable is firmly connected, or contact ITS Help Desk if correct audio input device is not available

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; slide up to increase volume, slide 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 the 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
  • Additionally, this learning space is equipped with a SURROUND ENABLE MODE unique to this learning space and controlled via Extron digital touchscreen A/V Control Panel Interface.

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 the A/V system on and un-muted, and BLU-RAY selected:

    • increase A/V Control Panel Interface audio level
    • toggle Projector MUTE button on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under DISPLAY CONTROL 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 touch A/V screen to 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 Cameras

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 should auto power on; if unresponsive, check doc cam has power cable connected

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 doc cam; if unresponsive, check doc cam has power cable connected
    • toggle Projector MUTE button on A/V Control Panel Interface [found under DISPLAY CONTROL menu]
    • restart A/V system by pressing control panel SYSTEM OFF button, wait a minute, then touch A/V screen to STARTUP again
    • contact ITS Help Desk, if doc cam remains unresponsive

See Dual-Document Camera documentation for additional information.

Connecting Laptops/Tablets via HDMI

This learning space is equipped with a HDMI cable to display/project HDMI capable devices.

  1. HDMI capable device connect through a provided cable on media lectern to personal device [laptops/tablets or adapters are provided by user or department]
  2. Select HDMI button as display input/source on A/V Control Panel Interface

If you cannot produce in-room video and/or audio through Display Port, HDMI or VGA with the 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 Projector MUTE [found under DISPLAY CONTROL menu] 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 touch A/V screen to STARTUP again
    • contact ITS Help Desk, if issue persists

Note: not all adapters may work well with every device and Extron A/V system; testing personal device connections 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.

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