Standard Classroom Technology Configuration - Fall 2020

Overview

As a part of the scenario planning efforts that the University has been working on in preparation for the fall semester, Information Services has been charged with implementing a standard technology configuration that would address the need for simultaneous in-room instruction and remote instruction (essentially the use of Zoom for video teleconferencing needs).   This solution will be scaled across all spaces on campus that will be used for classroom instruction.  

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Details / Instructions

What does the standard technology configuration look like? 

Faculty laptop – The recommended configuration is based on each faculty member bringing their assigned University laptop to the classroom.  It can be PC or Mac.  Information Services is currently evaluating the list of faculty that do not already have laptops assigned to them, and we will be reaching out to those faculty individually in order to provide them with a laptop.  

USB-C hub – Hubs are a commonly used device around the campus.  They are typically used to combine several inputs from various devices into a single output that connects to the laptop.   The USB-C hub will facilitate ease of use for connecting your laptop to the other pieces of equipment that are set up to support the use of Zoom for video conferencing capabilities. 

A second display – Will be installed in every room.  The second display will allow you to extend the video from your laptop to a larger screen.  Many faculty already use the extended display configuration in their offices.  The additional display in the classroom is recommended so that you may extend the video of the remote participants to the larger display.  The demonstration session in the video shows this configuration in use.  Some rooms will get a 32 inch display, and some rooms will get a larger display.  This will be depend on room size and configuration. 

HUDDLECAM -  The huddlecam is a device that incorporates a camera, a microphone, and a speaker capability.  The recommended standard configuration is that the device will be placed at the front of the room, facing the faculty member.  General placement of the device will be about 6 to 10 feet from the teaching table or lectern, which we believe will provide an acceptable camera shot, microphone capability for the Zoom call, and an acceptable speaker for the students in the room.   The huddlecam is easily adjusted or moved (whiteboard capture for example).    The huddlecam is just one source for providing video, or sound, to the remote participants.  You may use the laptop camera, or a personal microphone (if needed).  Some spaces may require an additional augment and we will look at this need during deployments.

Solstice Wireless Pod – The University has already standardized on the use of the Solstice Wireless Pod in every classroom space on campus.  Information Services will be installing an additional 44 pods as a result of adding new spaces to the classroom list for the fall semester.   The wireless pod will be used for displaying the laptop video to the screen or display in the classroom. 

Recording or Capture -  For recording the session in the classroom, we recommend the use of the Zoom record feature. These recordings can then be uploaded to Blackboard through Panopto.

Other considerations being evaluated on an as needed basis:

Tablets – There are a number of tablets in use around the campus; different models and sizes. Tablets are typically a device that are chosen by individual faculty based on their personal preferences. Some laptops include a built in tablet capability (example, the Lenovo Yoga); these are popular tools already used by many faculty.

For those faculty that do not already have a tablet, but wish to try one as a result of the transition to the blended teaching environment, Information Services is recommending two options:

  • Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Creative Pen Tablet
  • Huion Inspiroy H1161 Graphic Tablet

Information Services has also developed a standard configuration for faculty that prefer the use of an Apple iOS device.

More information about the different options can be found on the Tablet Options page.

Please note that the request for a tablet must follow the same approval process as all other COVID related equipment requests.  Please submit the request to your department chair and/or associate dean for review and forwarding to the Dean’s office. 

Document Camera – Information Services is in the process of identifying the classroom spaces that will need a document camera. The device that we have chosen as a standard recommendation for use in classrooms is QPC35 Caterpillar Camera (Flexible Document Camera). If you believe that you require the use of a document camera in a classroom space, and you are not sure if the room you are assigned to already has one, please contact the TMSS office at telecom@richmond.edu

Microphones - Many faculty have asked about the use (or need) of an individual microphone. In the majority of the classroom spaces that have been identified, we believe that the huddlecam will suffice as a good quality microphone capability for connecting to the remote audience. However, an additional microphone capability is being planned for.

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Article ID: 110863
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