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Classroom Technology Guides are available both on the teacher's desk and from the teaching space dedicated webpage.

Additional Information

Microphones

  • The teaching desk is equipped with fixed (gooseneck & boundary microphones) and wearable microphones.
  • Presenters making use of the wearable microphone are requested to place the microphone in the charging unit at the end of their session.
  • Roving microphones (for interactive sessions) are available on request from the beadle on duty.

Visualiser

  • The visualiser, which is similar to an overhead projector, can be used to project any writing or materials (newspapers, books, 3D objects) placed on it's working surface onto the available screens.
  • The main benefits of using visualisers are:
    • Students often complain that they are unable to read text on whiteboards in large lecture halls / theatres because it is too small. Text written on the visualiser can be projected onto large screens, making it easier for all students (including those seated at the back rows) to follow the written explanations.
    • Academics can maintain eye-contact with their students while writing on the visualiser. This eye-contact would be lost if academics had to turn to write on a whiteboard instead.
    • For lecture capture purposes, the visualiser output is recorded as a direct feed.
  • Academics are required to bring their own paper and marker/s when they need to make use of the visualiser.
  • Instructions on the use of the visualiser are available within the relevant learning space Classroom Technology Guide.

IT Services Workstation on the Teacher’s Desk

  • Academics are encouraged to use the IT Services workstation available on the teacher’s desk. The workstation can be accessed using their UM IT Account.
  • The main benefit of using the IT Services workstation is that academics need not carry their personal laptops / tablets for their teaching session. They can bring along their presentation on a USB stick or upload this to their Google Drive.
  • To transfer presentations to the workstation, academics can insert the USB stick in the USB port available on the desk panel. Academics are reminded to remove the USB stick at the end of their lecture session. 
    Alternatively, academics can upload their presentations on their University Google Drive from their office / home. They can then download the presentation from Google Drive onto the IT Services workstation.
  • Academics are reminded to log off at the end of their session. Any data left on the computer can be used by the same presenter during future sessions. This data cannot be accessed by others.
  • The workstation has various software and is connected to the Internet.
  • The workstation is also equipped with a wireless presenter. This tool helps academics navigate through their electronic presentation while moving around in the lecture theatre. The laser can also be used to highlight key points on the projected display.

Laptops & Tablets

  • Academics can use their personal laptop or tablet for presentations or software demonstrations.
  • The teaching desk is equipped with HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm audio jack ports and cables. Academics should bring any other cables (e.g. VGA-to-DVI, HDMI-to-Mini HDMI) required by their devices.
  • Academics are reminded to leave the HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm audio jack cables on the teaching desk at the end of their session.

The Control Panel

  • The teacher’s desk is equipped with a control panel that is used to set the content that is displayed on the projection screens.
  • Instructions on the use of the control panel are available within the teaching space Classroom Technology Guide from within the relevant webpage.

Lecture Capture

Videoconferencing

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Last Updated: 8 November 2018

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