Information Services > Classroom Technology Enhancements
Classrooms are changing. As the technological needs of faculty and students continue to shift, one of the most important traits of the modern classroom is flexibility. Although plans to create more technologically advanced classrooms were ready before the pandemic, the challenges of teaching and learning during this time accelerated the implementation process.
Information Services and the AV Design and Consulting (AVDC) team has modified over 200 classrooms since the start of the pandemic. All of these classrooms are capable of in-person lectures and remote lectures. AVDC has also upgraded the cable and components for the vast majority of classrooms.
A summary of the work that was done:
Zoom+ Rooms and Trimodal Rooms are software-based teaching spaces that allow for the integration of audio conferencing, wireless screen sharing, and video conferencing. This allows for students to attend class either in-person or through remotely through a Zoom meeting.
Zoom+ Rooms are equipped with a camera, projector, and microphone to host Zoom meetings and facilitate screen sharing and digital whiteboards. Trimodal Rooms have the same features as Zoom+ Rooms and use additional cameras, including a document camera, to allow instructors to switch between screens. Trimodal Rooms use TV monitors instead of projectors, one of which is an additional touch screen that can be used during meetings. Capture Rooms will allow the faculty member to automatically record their class so that students can review the material at a later time if they need to. Each room will have a camera focused on the faculty member, a projector, a mic to record their audio and a capture camera that is attached to the top of the whiteboard to record anything they write on the whiteboard. Also, any content they show or display during their lecture will be recorded as well.
The AVDC team is enhancing classroom technology in two phases. The first was completed in 2020. The second is in progress in 2021. Some of the stats when both phases are completed:
Note from Networks: Phase 2 will utilize almost entirely CAT6A cabling expanding that infrastructure from when it was originally added in 2018 with the Light Up DePaul wifi expansion project. This will provide future proofing for speeds in excess of 10 Gbps.
DePaul classroom technology is more flexible, fast and helpful than ever before. Although AVDC had been planning these upgrades well before they had ever heard the term “COVID-19", the pandemic created a university-wide need for teaching and learning flexibility.
DePaul classrooms are now equipped with a variety of flexible tools to enhance our university experience. The AVDC team encourages everyone to use this technology and help the university move into a new technological era of teaching and learning.