There has been a lot of work done over the Summer to get ready for this Fall. In May, and June items were ordered to test and demo in search of solutions. Then equipment was ordered with installations starting in late-July. Over 50 classrooms and instructional spaces now have web cameras and microphones installed, making the room Zoom capable. IT will be updating this webpage (URL) through the next few months to reflect the status of the Classroom Zoom Project. Save the URL or search ‘Zoom Project’ on the Fort to track the status of your classroom. We will also try to post issues that arise with rooms, that will take a couple of days to fix.
If you have questions about the use of this new technology, Teaching and Learning Services is training Faculty liaisons in many departments to help answer your questions. The Help Desk has not had a chance to get training on these rooms and is short staffed. Connecting with your peers will be a large component of adapting to this Semester.
Below is the status report from IT as of 8/26:
Rooms with the AVer Soundbar:
The soundbar is nice all-in-one device with a remote control for operation.
Rooms with the AVer Tracking Camera:
**Important** These rooms will be ready the morning of 8/24, but with a temporary microphone solution. ‘Zoom’ Equipment has been incredibly hard to source as every school, business, and household prepare for online learning. Most recent ship date of the permanent microphones is 8/26.
These cameras are in rooms with the Nomad podiums and will eventually have a button on the touch control panel, but there will be a remote control.
These rooms have enhanced technology in addition to the AVer Tracking Camera for exploring HyFlex teaching.
These rooms are planned to receive a tracking camera but the room presents a wiring or mounting challenge. These rooms will be supplied with a webcam on a tripod for Zoom capability. As our work on the classrooms continues into the Semester, these rooms will be updated.
These rooms have a HD webcam tripod with no current plans to upgrade.