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:

ACMS Aces: Kris Formica

Kris FormicaUC San Diego has more than 100 general assignment classrooms and lecture halls. Each of these rooms is outfitted with audiovisual (AV) equipment that enhances learning. This equipment is maintained, supported, and refreshed by members of the Classroom Technology Support team. Kris Formica, Principal Electronics Technician, is part of this expert team.

“We oversee the installation and upgrade of all the technology in all the [general assignment] classrooms and lecture halls on campus,” Kris said. “We’re responsible for making sure they’re operating and functioning at all times.” Accordingly, Kris is involved in the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project. The project replaces outdated AV equipment in general assignment lecture halls and classrooms with up-to-date equipment. Kris builds the racks that hold new equipment and programs the touchscreen panels added to rooms as part of the refresh project. Kris also uses his skills to perform AV installations for departments, upgrading meeting rooms and other presentation spaces. One notable project that Kris recently worked on was to program the Prebys Music Center’s AV system so it can be controlled by iPads instead of relying solely on the booth controls.

Sometimes AV issues with classroom equipment can be complex. To decrease interruptions during classes, Kris has an audiovisual equipment setup in his office that is identical to the equipment deployed in refreshed classrooms across campus, which allows him to “recreate almost any situation.” Working on these issues remotely allows Kris to troubleshoot problems without interrupting lecture or having to squeeze his work in during the break between classes. He can also swap out a piece of equipment that is not working properly with one from his office so classes can proceed as normal while he fixes the equipment in his office. Kris also uses the AV equipment in his office to test out new ideas without interrupting classroom use.

Kris is an extensive reader of classic literature. He recently read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and is currently working his way through Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole are among his favorite books.

Before coming to UC San Diego, Kris once worked in the kitchen of a comedy club that served dinner to guests before the start of the shows. “It was the East Coast/New York circuit for comedians so we had some huge headliners,” he said. Kris still enjoys cooking even if he no longer does so professionally.

Thank you, Kris, for everything you do to keep the media equipment in UC San Diego’s classrooms and lecture halls in top condition!

ACMS Aces is a series of articles that highlights the dedicated employees of Academic Computing & Media Services at UC San Diego. Keep checking back to find out more about the people behind the magic at ACMS!

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.

Peterson 104 Starts Summer Refreshes

Peterson 104The Classroom Technology Support unit in Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) stays particularly busy during the summer as the Classroom Refresh Project continues. Peterson 104 is the first classroom to be refreshed this summer.

The 75 seat classroom has two modern projectors, which display a brighter and clearer picture. The projectors use less energy than their predecessors and are part of UC San Diego’s efforts to achieve a sustainable campus. New projection screens were also installed during the refresh. One projector is used to display media from the DVD/VCR player or laptop and the other is used in overflow situations in conjunction with Peterson 110.

Peterson 104 now includes a touchscreen control panel that makes it easy for faculty to control audiovisual inputs, lights, and media volume all at once. Among the new features are several different preset lighting levels that allow faculty to choose just the right amount of light. This includes presentation mode, which turns off lights in the front of the room while keeping lights on above the seats so students can take notes. Wired connections for HDMI and VGA are available on the wall to make it easy for faculty to connect their laptops to the projector.

The classroom also features a document camera installed in the ceiling. This handy camera replaces the overhead transparency projector. Faculty can still write by hand underneath the document camera, but without having to use costly transparencies and special pens. Other items, like photos, can be placed beneath the document camera, allowing everyone in the lecture hall to see them in detail through the projector. Everything projected by the document camera is also captured by ACMS’s screencasting service that can be set up by faculty in advance of class.

After all of the new equipment was installed, Peterson 104 received a full cleaning to ensure the hall is ready for faculty and students to use.

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:

HSS 2305A: The Final Refreshed Room of Spring 2014

HSS 2305AThe Classroom Refresh Project wrapped up for Spring Quarter 2014 with Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) 2305A, which is ready to go for summer session classes.

From the first moment you step into HSS 2305A, the benefit of the refresh is apparent through the new lighting options. Rather than a simple on-off switch, HSS 2305A now features a number of choices that give the right amount of lighting for the circumstances. Ever been frustrated that darkening the room to see projected material meant that all the lights had to be turned off making the rest of the room too dark? Lights at the front of the room near the projection screen can now be turned off independently from the rest of the room. Intermediate light levels also allow occupants to supplement the room’s natural lighting and reduce energy consumption.

Another energy efficient feature of HSS 2305A is the new projector installed in the room. Not only does the projector use less energy than the previous model, but it is also brighter. This makes it easier for students to see slides, images, websites, and other projected media on the new projection screen.

One of the things that can be projected is images or objects through the document camera installed in the ceiling of HSS 2305A. Faculty no longer need to purchase transparencies and special pens to project notes for the entire class. Instead, they can write by hand with pen and paper underneath the document camera and the whole room can see.

A VHS/DVD/Blu-ray player was also installed as part of the classroom refresh.

The lights, media inputs, and media volume are controlled by a touch screen control panel installed in the front of the room. This single point of control makes it easy for faculty to control all of the audiovisual elements in the room during class with minimal interruption of instruction.

After the room was refreshed, Facilities Management gave the room a full cleaning to make sure that it shines and sparkles for its occupants.

During the summer, Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS Blog) will refresh five lecture halls to be ready for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, including HSS 1330. Keep checking in with the ACMS Blog over the summer to see the lecture halls as they get refreshed.

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:

The New HSS 2152

HSS 2152The Classroom Refresh Project is a five year project that improves general assignment classrooms across UC San Diego. The latest classroom to benefit from the project is Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) 2152.

Every refreshed classroom has a new touch screen control panel. The natural interface makes it easy to manage the classroom’s audiovisual equipment. Users can switch between projector inputs, control the room lights, and adjust speaker audio levels using the touch panel.

HSS 2152 has a new, brighter projector that makes it easier to see images and slides. The projector is also more energy efficient than the previous model, reducing UC San Diego’s energy footprint.

The room’s overhead transparency projector was replaced by a document camera mounted in the ceiling. This technology is more versatile, allowing faculty to project any object, not just transparencies, so the entire room can see.

Reprogrammed room lights now give faculty several options for illuminating the classroom. Instead of just turning all the lights on or off, the new configurations let faculty choose the right amount of light for each situation.

Facilities Management gave HSS 2152 a full cleaning at the conclusion of the installations to ensure students and faculty have a fresh learning environment from the very first day of 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 Refresh Project:

Check Out the New HSS 2321

HSS 2321HSS 2321 has been refreshed as part of the ongoing Classroom Refresh Project.

Faculty and students will now be able to enjoy the following new features in HSS 2321:

  • Central touch screen control panel for all media inputs
  • New lighting presets and controls
  • Brighter and more energy efficient projector
  • New projector screen
  • Document camera to replace the overhead transparency projector
  • HDMI cables

HSS 2321 was also fully cleaned by Facilities Management after the completion of the refresh.

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 Refresh Project:

HSS Spring Refresh Begins

HSS 1305

HSS 1305 after being refreshed

For Spring Quarter 2014 the Classroom Refresh Project moves to the Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) building, beginning with rooms 1305 and 1315.

One of the most noticeable improvements to the classrooms is the installation of a new projector. It is brighter than the previous one, which makes it easier to see the projection. Just as importantly, it also uses less energy to contribute to campus sustainability efforts. New projection screens also improve the picture.

Touch screen control panels were installed in the front of both rooms. The touch screen panel is a standard feature in all refreshed classrooms. It brings input, volume, and lighting controls together in one convenient place. A video about how to use the control panel is available.

HSS 1315

HSS 1315

Another new feature is the document camera in the ceiling of each room. The camera can be selected from the touch screen and used to display anything through the projector. All images captured by the document camera are included in course screencasts, if enabled by faculty.

HSS 1035 and 1315 also have six new lighting presets, which have been configured to light different situations.

If you need assistance using the installed media equipment, email Classroom Technology Supportto schedule an orientation or call 534-5784 (x4-5784) to receive immediate help.

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 Refresh Project:

Warren Lecture Hall 2110 Refreshed

Warren Lecture Hall 2110

In Spring Quarter 2014 the Classroom Refresh Project was focused on Warren Lecture Hall (WLH). WLH 2110 was the fifth and final classroom of the quarter to be refreshed.

The most notable new feature is the touch screen control panel in the front of the room. This panel allows faculty and TAs to control the projection inputs, lights, and speaker volume from a single source. A DVD/Blu-Ray player is conveniently located next to the touch panel.

Another improvement to the room is the reconfiguration of the lights. WLH 2110 now offers several lighting presets that provide the right amount of illumination for different situations. For example, presentation mode turns off lights by the projection screen but leaves lights on throughout the rest of the room. This makes projected material easier to see and gives students the light needed to take notes.

The projection is also brighter thanks to a new digital projector, mounted on the ceiling. The projector is also energy-efficient and helps UC San Diego achieve its sustainability goals. VGA and HDMI cables are provided to connect laptop computers to the projector.

The overhead transparency projector has been replaced by a new, more versatile document camera. This camera, installed in the ceiling, projects anything placed beneath it, not just specially prepared transparencies. These can be handwritten notes, photos, or objects. These projections can be captured by ACMS’s screencasting service, which allows students to review audio and media from class later. The audio for screencasting is captured through a microphone installed in the ceiling near the touch screen panel.

Facilities Management cleaned the room after the new equipment was installed, waxing floors and painting walls to ensure an inviting learning environment.

If you need any assistance using the installed media equipment, email Classroom Technology Support, or call 534-5784 (x4-5784) to receive immediate help.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the standard 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 Refresh Project:

WLH 2208 Gets New AV Equipment

Warren Lecture Hall 2208

Warren Lecture Hall (WLH) has been the Winter Quarter 2014 focus for the Classroom Refresh Project. The new WLH 2208 debuted last week with updated audiovisual equipment:

  • A touch screen control panel
  • Bright, energy efficient projector
  • New projector screen
  • Updated lighting options
  • Ceiling mounted document camera
  • Installed podcasting microphone

WLH 2208 also received a full cleaning after the installations were complete, courtesy of Facilities Maintenance. We hope faculty and students alike enjoy the new features of WLH 2208.

If you need any assistance using the installed media equipment, email Classroom Technology Support, or call 534-5784 (x4-5784) to receive immediate help.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the standard 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 Refresh Project: