Since the summer of 2104, Academic Computing, in collaboration with Facilities Management and under the auspices of the Classroom Committee, has been engaged in a systematic technology redesign and upgrade of all general-use teaching spaces on campus. By the time of the project's anticipated completion, in January of 2017, nearly 90 classrooms will have new, digital projectors or flat-screen TVs, in-ceiling speakers, simplified wall controls, and wireless projection. Although some rooms will have additional equipment (document cameras, DVD players, instructor's computers), all will adhere to the same basic design, which should make it much easier for faculty to operate the technology in whichever room they're assigned to teach.
The concept behind the new design is to greatly simplify the technology in the classrooms and allow instructors to focus on teaching rather than on operating equipment. The rooms have no tangle of wires or racks of hardware, and can easily be upgraded if a new technology arrives that can improve instruction. Finally, the rooms have been set up to accommodate the current and future uses of mobile devices, which is increasingly becoming the focus of our students' computing experiences.
All general-use classrooms on campus are equipped with Apple TVs for wireless projection from Mac computers, iPads, & iPhones, and - with the use of AirParrot software, all Windows computers. ITS will provide a copy of AirParrot free of charge to any current faculty member or student who owns a Windows laptop and requests a copy. Simply contact the ITS Help Desk at x4069 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A complete list of general-use classrooms and their current technology setups can be found at following links.
A note about dual projection: A number of classrooms have two projectors or two flat-screen TV displays, but not all of these rooms can display images from two different devices at the same time. Any classrooms marked with dual image display CAN show two different images at the same time. Rooms with two projectors/TVs that carry the designation of single image display can only show the same single image on both devices simultaneously.