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].
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.