Both rooms also now feature document cameras. Similar to an overhead projector but more versatile, a document camera is simple to use and magnifies and projects the image of any 3-D object or text placed on the flat surface below the camera. Presenters can also write freehand on an erasable overlay so that the document camera can function almost as a whiteboard. Both rooms will also be equipped with a permanent camera and wireless microphones for presenting to a remote audience and/or video conferencing. This aspect of the project will be in service shortly.
The enlarged classroom ---- now the “Founders Room" --- has been newly equipped with a sleek 90-inch flat panel with recessed speakers, for bright images and clear sound for presentations. A rolling podium has been installed with a dedicated Mac Mini computer along with a choice of connections (HDMI, VGA and Mini DisplayPort) for hooking up to any kind of laptop computer if a presenter wishes to use their own instead of the one built into the podium. There is also a floor box at the far end of the table with connections for a laptop if the presenter wishes to sit at the table instead of standing at the podium.
The classroom, also featuring the elegantly restored antique seminar table and photographs of O.C. Marsh and the Pinchot family, is now a very attractive and functional space for classes and other meetings.
The rotunda has been outfitted with a new projector and recessed motorized screen along with recessed ceiling-mounted speakers. A new motorized window shade darkens the room at the touch of a button. With new lighting, carpeting, and tables and chairs that can be rearranged, the rotunda is now a much more functional space than before - particularly since the new back stairway provides direct access to the upper floors. Because visitors and occupants no longer have to go through the rotunda to get upstairs, the rotunda can now be used for regularly scheduled classes.
Burke Auditorium has just received a new classroom recording device that is being piloted at Yale, an Extron SMP 351 Media Processor. The SMP 351 is a video and lecture capture system that can be controlled and monitored remotely providing more functionality and ease of use for ad-hoc recording than the current university system in use.
More to Come
Over October break, the 380 Edwards classroom is scheduled to be upgraded. Following the template set by the Marsh Hall renovation, the 380 classroom will receive a new podium complete with a custom touch panel interface and dedicated podium machine running both Windows and Apple OSX along with a document camera with whiteboard overlay. The room will also be equipped with a video camera and microphone setup allowing classes to bring in remote speakers via web conferencing applications such as Skype, Adobe Connect, etc.
Further down the road, over Thanksgiving break the Sage Hall classrooms will both be receiving upgrades, with Sage 32 inheriting the LCD panel that is currently in room 24. This panel will be mounted on an innovative sliding track, allowing the screen to be moved to the side when not in use. A dedicated room PC will also be installed running both Windows and Apple OSX.
Sage 24 will see the installation of a new projector and screen which we have determined to be appropriate due to the larger size of the classroom
Both Sage classrooms will be equipped with document cameras with whiteboard overlays allowing instructors to use the rooms’ display as they would a traditional whiteboard. Dedicated camera and microphone setups will also be installed, continuing FES-IT’s efforts to modernize our learning spaces allowing fluid integration of web conferencing & online learning technologies.