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Classroom Technology Refresh
SmartClassroom technology continues to be refreshed through the eTech Initiative. During Summer 2016, OIT CTS performed infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades in 20 general assignment classrooms and 7 computer lab classrooms, including spaces in Humanities Gateway, Music & Media, MPAA, MSTB, Rowland Hall, SSPA, and more.
The 2016 work marks the end of the first full room refresh cycle, where all general assignment smartclassrooms have now been upgraded. OIT CTS completed similar improvements to 111 other classrooms from 2012-2015.
For all refresh information, please visit our Classrooms & Lecture Halls page, the individual classroom pages or view the documents below:
2016 Refresh Information (pdf)
Refresh Project Summary (pdf)
As part of a Bio Sci small capital improvement project, a new general assignment smartclassroom has been added during Summer 2016:
This space is a priority room for Biological Sciences courses, and contains all standard smartclassroom equipment.
Active Learning Classroom (ALC)
SE 101 is a new Active Learning Classroom (ALC) that opened for Winter Quarter 2016 classes. The room is specially designed for group work and utilization of active learning techniques, as there is no "front" of this octagon-shaped room. SE 101 contains 7 student tables, each with its own display and wireless projection capabilities, as well as an instructor station holding a variety of more standard SmartClassroom equipment.
Instructors interested in this type of learning environment are encouraged to contact OIT-CTS to get a room orientation, and then to work with their departmental schedule of classes coordinators to get the course booked into SE 101. This is an experimental classroom set up, and as such instructors will need to be open to a new classroom environment and the associated bugs that may need to be worked out as the design and implementation is refined.
GAC Relocation Project
As part of a much larger project, some of the general assignment classrooms in Engineering Tower and Information & Computer Science have been re-assigned to Engineering.
During Winter Break 2015-16
ET 201, ICS 249, ICS 253, and ICS 259 were given to Engineering, and three new spaces were converted to SmartClassrooms:
During Spring Break 2016
ET 202, ET 204, ICS 219, ICS 225, and ICS 243 were given to Engineering.
Wide-Tipped Whiteboard Markers Available
Instructors only - Are you using a whiteboard in a large SmartClassroom? Are you concerned that students in the back rows can't read what's on the board because of narrow-tipped whiteboard markers? We now have a solution! Artline 5109A Big Nib Whiteboard Markers.
Contact OIT-CTS, then come by our office in AIRB 3070 to pick up a box for the quarter.
Doceri Desktop Installed on Classroom Computers
As part of the 2014 classroom technology refresh, Doceri Desktop became part of the normal Smartclassroom software package. When used with the Doceri app on your iPad or Windows 8 tablet, this software allows you to wirelessly connect to the local computer and gives you remote control of it from your tablet. You can use your finger or a stylus on your tablet as a mouse to open files, folders, or webpages on the computer; or you can take a snapshot of anything on the computer screen and annotate over it.
For more information, visit our Doceri webpage.
VHS Tape Usage in Campus Classrooms
As of Fall 2016, SmartClassrooms no longer contain VHS/DVD decks by default. While they were phased out of the standard equipment list in classrooms beginning in 2012, VHS tapes can still be temporarily accommodated in any room.
VHS decks may be picked up for loan from the OIT CTS office, your department, or support centers such as the Humanities Studio or Social Science Computing Services, and connected to the RCA inputs on the side of the SmartClassroom lectern. For the long term, we recommend that materials currently on VHS tape should be re-purchased in digital format as available, or converted to digital format where copyright allows. For assistance and information, please contact your subject librarian, your school computing support staff, or OIT CTS staff.
Complete information on VHS usage in the classrooms is available here:
VHS Usage Information
OIT has introduced a new audio/screen capture service which can be voluntarily used by instructors, employees, and departments who wish to easily record classes or presentations. UCI Replay is available on all SmartClassroom computers, and can also be downloaded to office or personal computers for UCI use.
For instructions and additional information on UCI Replay, visit: http://replay.oit.uci.edu
Mac Laptop Brightness Issues
Have you noticed a significantly dimmer image lately when connecting your Mac laptop to a SmartClassroom podium? Your problem may be due to a change Apple made in a recent update to Mac OS, resulting in a much darker default image when using the external display.
Perform the following calibration to obtain a better projected image. When you are done, you should be amazed at how good the new projected image looks!
- First, connect your laptop to an external display (you can use a smartclassroom VGA cable, or connect to a projector or monitor elsewhere)
- Open System Preferences
- Open Displays, and select the external (VGA) display
- Hit Calibrate
- Check the box enabling Expert Mode, and follow the directions as you are guided through the calibration process