ITS upgrades classrooms across campus

ITS upgrades classrooms across campus

September 2, 2009
Wouldn’t you love to be able to review this week’s class sessions on your computer or iPhone?
You can now, thanks to the combined efforts of Truman ITS, Instructional Design Services (IDS), Physical Plant, the Student Senate Technology Committee and the University Administration, who worked over the summer to install 6 new SMART classrooms across campus – equipping them with the latest SMARTBoard, video cameras, document cameras, microphones and classroom capture technology to automatically document every sight and sound from the classroom for your later viewing.
Here’s how it works. When it’s time for class to start, take your seat behind a strategically-placed room mic while your professor dons a wireless mic. At the scheduled time, the system begins recording everything. Minutes after class lets out, all the sights and sounds of your class are automatically up on Blackboard for streaming or downloading to your computer or portable media devices.
Flip through the instructor’s writings on the SMARTBoard like a notebook. Listen to the lecture as an audio-only podcast. Watch a split-screen version with all the notes, diagrams, lectures, video and classroom Q&A. It’s all right there, at your fingertips for study and review.
ITS and IDS staff engineered everything in these rooms themselves at a substantial cost savings, and trained over 60 faculty who will be teaching more than 40 courses in these rooms this semester.
And not just the SMART classrooms got a facelift. ITS upgraded more than 137 classrooms across campus – installing 30 new media consoles, 37 data projectors, 31 laptop connections, and 70 presentation remotes to completely equip all classrooms. All this in less than 90 days.
There is still work to be done, but Truman students and faculty can take full advantage of more enhanced, up-to-date learning technologies and opportunities today.  Please let us know what you think of the improvements and how we can continue to innovate.
The new SMART classrooms are BT2217, OP2121, OP2117, VH1324, VH1236 and PML103.
To request training or information, see:  http://classroomcapture.truman.edu/request or call x7750
To schedule the rooms for classes next semester, or meetings/special events anytime, call the Office of the Provost x4105
To provide feedback to IT Services on these rooms or other technology-related issues, email:  itsfeedback@truman.edu

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