Digital Learning & Design

Classrooms for Remote Accessible courses

As faculty plan Remote Accessible courses, Sheridan Center’s Digital Learning & Design Hub, Media Services, Facilities, CIS, Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Provost continue to coordinate changes and upgrades to Brown classrooms. This page provides periodic updates and details about classroom technology and support for Remote Accessible Courses. 

Please refer general questions to the Sheridan Center, [email protected].

Hybrid Classrooms

Any course designated as “remote accessible” will be assigned a Hybrid Classroom by the University Scheduling Office within the Office of the Registrar. Throughout the 2020-21 Academic Year, we gathered feedback from faculty teaching in Brown’s Hybrid Classrooms. Using this information, we have identified rooms needing improvement, and we have installed additional microphones, cameras, and screens to enhance the Zoom class experience. We continue to identify further enhancements for Fall Remote Accessible courses. 

Please refer to this list of classrooms to review the installed technology. This list is periodically updated as we make upgrades. At the bottom of this page is a list of standard technology configurations found in all Hybrid Classrooms at Brown. 

Brown faculty teaching Remote Accessible courses can arrange an in-room orientation with Media Services by completing this form. If an instructor discovers that their assigned room does not meet their needs, the instructor may contact the Registrar ([email protected]) to request a reassignment if possible. We kindly ask that reassignment requests be made only after remote student enrollment has been confirmed

Automated Lecture Capture

Automated Lecture Capture allows faculty to have their in-class activity automatically recorded and uploaded to Canvas using installed AV equipment. Currently, Lecture Capture systems are located in large enrollment classrooms. Over the coming months, Media Services will be increasing the number of classrooms that provide Automated Lecture Capture. We plan to target medium enrollment rooms to meet increased demand across course sizes. More information about targeted rooms will be provided in a future communication.

Technology for Departmental Seminar Spaces

At this time, there is a high demand for technology to support Hybrid courses, and we are determining the availability of equipment and support for Remote Accessible Courses taught from departmental spaces. Requests for equipment for departmental spaces will be considered and assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please email [email protected] to submit your request. 

Hybrid Classroom Configurations for Remote Accessible Courses

Classrooms that support Remote Accessible courses will contain one of these three technology configurations. Classroom size, room acoustics, and expected occupancy determine which configuration faculty can expect in their assigned space. Regardless of technical differences, all configurations provide the same functionality: cameras and microphones allow remote participants to see and hear classroom attendees, and installed speakers allow classroom attendees to hear remote participants. All packages require that instructors bring and teach from their Zoom-capable laptop. 

To identify the package installed in a specific room, please refer to this spreadsheet. For a full guide on teaching a Remote Accessible course, visit Digital Learning & Design's guide here

Wall mounted speaker, rear mounted camera diagram

Wall-mounted Mic/Speaker and Rear-Mounted Web camera. 

The wall-mounted mic/speaker unit will capture speech for the entire class, as well as produce the voices of remote participants. The rear-mounted web camera will allow remote students to view the classroom via Zoom. Note the web camera is not adequate for students to view any wall writing. 

Both devices connect to the teaching device using a single, standard USB. If the teaching device does not have a standard USB port, the appropriate adaptors to connect to the mic, speaker & camera will be available in the classroom. 

Note: Classrooms that are “Zoom Rooms”  do not require a USB connection from the laptop; use the touch panel to join and manage your zoom meeting.  Contact [email protected] for an orientation.

To use the mic/speaker unit and web camera:

  1. Please arrive at the classroom a few minutes before class start.
  2. If presenting from the teaching device, connect to the room AV system using the room HDMI cable.
  3. Connect the room USB to the teaching device. Note: In Zoom rooms, use the touch panel to join the Zoom meeting.
  4. Launch Zoom on the teaching device and start the class meeting. 
  5. In Zoom, change the Audio source to Stem Audio.
  6. In Zoom, change the video source to the room web camera (if desired). 
  7. Inform the in-class students to join the Zoom and mute their microphones.
  8. Start the presentation and teach.

Large classroom model

 

Pedestal Audience Mics, an Instructor Lav Mic, and Rear-Mounted Web camera. 

Due to the acoustics of large classroom spaces, current microphone technology is not capable of adequately capturing the sound of audience voices at a distance. Consequently, these classrooms will contain pedestal microphones for students to ask and answer questions. 

The rear-mounted web camera will allow remote students to view the classroom via Zoom. Note the web camera is not adequate for students to view any wall writing. 

Both devices connect to the teaching device using a single, standard USB. If the teaching device does not have a standard USB port, the appropriate adaptors to connect to the mic, speaker & camera will be available in the classroom. 

To use the mic/speaker unit with web camera:

  1. Please arrive at the classroom a few minutes before class start.
  2. If presenting from the teaching device, connect to the room AV system using the room HDMI cable.
  3. Connect the room USB to the teaching device.
  4. Launch Zoom on the teaching device and start the class meeting.
  5. In Zoom, change the Audio source to Stem Audio.
  6. In Zoom, change the video source to the room web camera (if desired).
  7. Inform in-class students to join the Zoom session and mute their microphones.
  8. Start the presentation and teach.

Meeting Owl diagram

Meeting Owl Pro (or Yamaha table microphone)

The Meeting Owl is an all-in-one mic/speaker/camera unit that connects directly to a laptop via USB. If the teaching device does not have a standard USB port, instructors will find the appropriate adaptors to connect to the Meeting Owl in the classroom.  

The Meeting Owl contains multiple cameras to provide remote users a 360 degree view of the room. It also contains an array of microphones to capture speech from up to 18 feet. Note: due to possible delivery delays for the Meeting Owl, configuration 3 rooms may instead temporarily contain a Yamaha tabletop microphone. This device has a similar function, but will capture room audio only. 

To use the Meeting Owl:

  1. Please arrive at the classroom a few minutes before class start. 
  2. If presenting, connect to the room AV system using the room HDMI cable. 
  3. Connect the Meeting Owl USB to the teaching device. 
  4. Launch Zoom on the teaching device and start the class meeting.
  5. In Zoom, change the Audio and Video sources to the Meeting Owl.
  6. Inform in-class students to join the Zoom and mute their microphones.
  7. Start the presentation and teach.