Center 216 Is Tricked Out

Center 216Summer 2014 saw the Lecture Hall Refresh Project finish up at Center Hall. Center 216 was the first of two lecture halls in the building to receive media equipment improvements this summer.

Previously, audiovisual controls were scattered throughout the hall. As part of the refresh, all of these elements are brought together in Center 216’s new lectern. Faculty can control lights and media inputs from the touch screen panel installed in the lectern and conveniently access the DVD/VHS player located in the lectern. Laptop connections, including an HDMI cable, are provided as well.

One of the nifty features of the lectern is the document camera, found in a drawer on the right side. Everything placed beneath the camera can be shown through the projector so the entire class can see. For example, faculty can place (or even create!) handwritten notes or diagrams beneath the camera instead of doing them on the chalkboard.

A new, energy-efficient projector was also installed in Center 216. It is brighter, making it easier for students to see the image. The lecture hall also has new lighting options. The most helpful when using the projector is the presentation option. This turns off lights at the front of the room while leaving other lights on to facilitate student note taking.

The next time you visit Center 216, check out these great new features for yourself!

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

Have You Tried The Account Lookup Tool?

account-lookupDo you know all of the computing resources available to you as a UC San Diego student? Did you know that these resources can change from quarter to quarter?

To help students keep track of these resources, Academic Computing & Media Service (ACMS) developed the account lookup tool, a personalized overview of your ACMS account and privileges.

The account lookup tool provides students with a host of information and options, including:

  • Look up your email server, which is required to access UC San Diego webmail
  • Link to a tool to change your password
  • Account balance, status, recent and active print jobs, and printer use history for ACMS computer lab printing
  • Access to the large format CPLOT printer for poster printing
  • Eliminate cover sheets from print jobs with the green printing option
  • Course/major-specific computer lab access and door codes
  • Server space quotas
  • Ted course websites
  • GoVirtual, access to software like MATLAB, Autocad, and Solidworks from anywhere with a broadband connection
  • Links to all ACMS-supported courses on courses.ucsd.edu
  • Open computing environment (OCE) account upgrade option for students in certain majors and divisions
  • Personal web page setup and publishing
  • Remote access to files stored on ACMS systems

Students who have multiple identities due to enrollment in certain classes can switch between their identities inside of the account lookup tool to see all their computing resources.

Changes in course enrollment take effect overnight. Check back the day after adding or dropping classes to see the impact on allocations.

Don’t miss out on all of the great resources available to you! Look yourself up in the account lookup tool today!

i>clicker 7 Is Here!

Student using an i>clickerThe newest software version of i>clicker, the student response system supported at UC San Diego, is available for Fall Quarter 2014.

The main improvements include:

  • Gradebook integration with the i>clicker program, eliminating the need for the separate i>grader program
  • Performance and participation points are exported to Ted separately
  • Useful Excel reports

What Can i>clicker Do?

i>clicker creates an interactive learning experience by polling your class and providing immediate feedback through a handheld clicker device.

Benefits include:

  • Instant evaluation of class comprehension to know when to move forward or review
  • Increased student engagement
  • Students get to practice thinking and communicating in expert-like ways
  • Automated scoring for student participation and quizzes

i>clicker 7 is Mac and Windows compatible and works with common applications like PowerPoint, Acrobat, Keynote, and Word. Results can be exported to Excel, Notepad, or Word and imported directly into Ted or other learning management systems.

Upgrading to i>clicker 7 only requires new software and does not require upgrading the base station or clicker hardware.

i>clicker 7 Training

Training sessions are available for beginning and experienced users to learn the upgraded software. Sign up through the i>clicker training calendar.

  • i>clicker Overview (Beginning Users): Receive an instructor kit, download i>clicker software, set up the base station, add a course, start and stop polling sessions in class
  • i>clicker 7 Upgrade (Experienced Users): Download the all-new software version 7 and learn about the major changes,

Self-Service Upgrades

Existing i>clicker users can upgrade the software on their own at clickers.ucsd.edu.

Please note: Do not delete your old software until you are finished with your existing class session data. i>clicker 7 is not compatible with data from previous versions.

More Information

For more information on teaching and learning with Peer Instruction and how clickers can complement this pedagogy, visit Peer Instruction resources at the Center for Teaching Development.

Contact Instructional Technology Integration for more information at iti@ucsd.edu or at (858) 534-4120.

ACMS to the Rescue!

Enhance your department’s superpowers with personalized, expert media and tech services from Academic Computing & Media Services!

HSS 1330 is the Latest Refreshed Lecture Hall

HSS 1330Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 1330 is the second lecture hall this summer to be refreshed with new audiovisual equipment.

Central to the refresh is the new projector. It is brighter and more energy efficient than the model previous installed in HSS 1330. Not only will this projector make it easier for students to see slides and other projected media, but it will also contribute to UC San Diego’s sustainability efforts.

One of the devices that can be displayed by the projector is the document camera. Anything placed underneath the document camera is projected for the entire class to see. All of these projected images are included if faculty sign their course up for screencasting as part of UC San Diego’s podcasting service.

All of the projection inputs are selected through the touch screen control panel installed in the lectern. This control panel brings together media input, lighting, and sound controls in one place for the convenience of faculty.

The lighting options are also an addition to the lecture hall. HSS 1330’s lights have been programmed with several configurations that allow faculty to choose the right amount of light for class activities. Low lighting is available for showing video in class. Bright lighting is available for class discussions. Dimmed lighting in the front of the room and full lighting in seating areas can be used for showing lecture slides.

As in every refreshed classroom, HSS 1330 was cleaned after the completion of installation work.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

“Flexible” Furniture Now in Mandeville B150

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Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to announce the launch of a pilot project to test new classroom furniture in one of UC San Diego’s learning spaces. The pilot, a collaboration with the Office of the Registrar, is located in Mandeville B150.

Tables and chairs on wheels replaced traditional desk-seat combinations in the classroom. The furniture is intended to better facilitate group-based collaborative work by students. Tables can be easily rearranged into several different combinations as needed for assignments. This furniture is intended not just to facilitate interactions between students, but also between students and faculty.

Professor Lilly Irani of the Department of Communication brought the idea to ACMS as a way of improving the instruction. Professor Irani designed a course that features projects and activities that required student interaction, which the new furniture will make easier. “These sorts of projects are all about thinking through debating with your team, trying things out, sketching possibilities, and tossing out old ideas. How are you going to have that kind of debate, deliberation, and exploration when everyone is sitting in their individual desk chairs, barely able to move?” Professor Irani pointed out. “The movable and pairable tables and chairs in Mandeville are crucial to enabling engaged, project-oriented pedagogy.”

Peter Newbury, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Development at UC San Diego, points out that thanks to the fact that the tables and chairs can be arranged to create groups of four, six, or even eight students, “there’s no longer a ‘front of the room’” in Mandeville B150. “Instead of students listening passively while the instructor transmits content from the front of the room,” Peter explained, “the students are the center of the action, practicing how to think, talk, and behave in expert-like ways, with the instructor at their side.”

To learn more about flexible classroom furniture and how you can use it to enhance your teaching, contact the Center for Teaching Development at ctd@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-1992. If you are interested in teaching in Mandeville B150, talk to your department about requesting to teach in the room.

Faculty iPad Reflection Videos

In Spring Quarter 2013, Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) provided UC San Diego faculty in different disciplines with iPads to explore how the tablet could enhance their teaching. ACMS summarized their findings in a research paper released earlier this year.

Three of the faculty who participated in the pilot program reflected on their experiences in short videos. Hear their candid thoughts about the impact of an iPad on their courses.

If you are interested in partnering with ACMS to use new technology in the classroom, contact Instructional Technology Integration (ITI) at iti@ucsd.edu.

The New Ledden Auditorium

Ledden AuditoriumSummer means that the Classroom Refresh Project becomes the Lecture Hall Refresh Project. With fewer students on campus the lecture halls can receive updated audiovisual equipment and upgrades. Ledden Auditorium is the first lecture hall to be refreshed this summer.

The free standing lectern in Ledden Auditorium has been updated to include a touchscreen control panel that makes it easy for faculty to control audiovisual inputs, lights, and media volume all at once. Notably, Ledden Auditorium now has preset lighting levels that let faculty choose the right amount of light for each situation. One preset is presentation mode, which turns off lights in the front of the room while keeping lights on above the seats so students can take notes. HDMI and VGA connections are now available at the lectern to make it easier for faculty to connect their laptops to the projector.

Conveniently tucked in a side drawer of the lectern is a document camera. This handy camera replaces the overhead transparency projector. Faculty can write by hand, show photos, or place items using the document camera. All images from the document camera are displayed through the projector so the entire class can see. Additionally, screencasting, available by request in Ledden Auditorium, captures all document camera images.

One of the most noticeable improvements to the 216 seat lecture hall is the new projector. It is brighter and clearer than the previous model while also being more energy efficient. New projector screens complement the updated projector.

At the conclusion of the refresh, the auditorium got a good cleaning to make it ready for summer session classes.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

Updated Classroom Details Page

Solis 104The Classroom Details page is a valuable tool for faculty and TAs at UC San Diego to learn what equipment is available in general assignment lecture halls and classrooms across campus. The page has recently been updated to reflect the progress of the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project and reorganized for easier use.

Most notably, new room attributes are listed for lecture halls and classrooms. Chalkboard & projector use can now be listed as “limited” for configurations where the projection screen covers some, but not all, of the chalkboard. Additionally, rooms are no longer limited to listing only one lectern type. Some rooms have both a free standing lectern and a tabletop lectern and previously displayed only one lectern configuration.

Links were added for resources that must be requested in advance, such as podcasting and screencasting, assisted listening devices, and wired microphones.

Classroom information was recently updated for all classrooms to reflect the progress of the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project. Updates will continue as more rooms are refreshed. More information about the project can be found in this video.

The Classroom Details page is a joint effort between Facilities Information Systems (FIS) and Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS). If you have suggestions on how the page can be improved, please email classroom-support@ucsd.edu.

Spring 2014 Survey Winner

Professor Pei-Chia Chen receiving her iPad

Professor Pei-Chia Chen (right) and daughter (lower right) receiving her iPad from Michael Sullivan of ACMS (left) for completing the ACMS Spring 2014 Faculty Survey

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) congratulates Pei-Chia Chen of the Chinese Studies Program on winning the Spring 2014 ACMS Faculty Survey drawing for an iPad Mini with Retina display. Professor Chen was randomly selected as the winner from 136 respondents.

ACMS’s quarterly survey gives UC San Diego faculty the opportunity to provide feedback regarding classroom media equipment and support resources, Ted (UC San Diego’s learning management system), podcastingclickers, and instructional support resources like computer labs. The data helps ensure ACMS deploys resources that best support faculty in their teaching.

The survey goes out to all faculty with courses scheduled in registrar-controlled classrooms.

Visit the Faculty section of the ACMS website for information about ACMS educational technology and support services.