Update on Central Teaching Rooms

  • 13 Jul 2016

AVMS and IT Services, in close partnership with Buildings and Estates, have started a process of upgrading most of the central room teaching facilities in all areas across campus over the next three years. Each teaching area will see new technologies, improved Wi-Fi and better connectivity to provide a better user experience for students and teaching staff.

The goal for September 2016 will be to introduce AV systems in rooms which previously had none. The 15 rooms being worked on this summer are listed in Table 1. This will mean that almost every central teaching room in UCC will have AV display system. In addition, 10 rooms listed in Table 2 will have their current AV equipment updated. This template will be deployed all centrally booked teaching over the next 3 years. Our new standard for AV in teaching rooms will include new technologies:

  • The monitors on new teaching desks will be touch screen allowing and collaboration systems will have large touch screens
  • Better connectivity will include HDMI connections for laptops and other devices
  • Wireless connectivity will enable users to connect devices such as phones, tablets as well as laptops
  • Cameras will be included to all lecture capture and the use of skype and similar services
  • Document cameras will be included where possible
  • Laser data projectors, these are lamp free meaning less chance of failure, and will have HD capabilities
  • Wi-Fi will be vastly improved in each new room receiving new equipment.

Training material will be made available online to support new features. An onsite training session can be conducted on request.

As well as rooms receiving new AV systems, AVMS will do routine maintenance throughout the summer and some key areas will receive new equipment, including new projectors in Boole 2 and Boole 4. The Wi-Fi service is being upgraded in all teaching spaces and this year we are prioritizing the Library, Kane building and all the rooms in the table below. We are also upgrading the lecturer PC in 50 of our centrally booked rooms, the remainder will be done next summer.

Table 1: AV equipment being introduced to these rooms

 

 Rooms

Solution

Capacity

1

ORB G.30

Projection system + PC & Connectivity

18

2

ORB G.39

Projection system + PC & Connectivity

15

3

ORB G.40

Projection system + PC & Connectivity

15

4

ORB G42S

Projection system + PC & Connectivity

20

5

ORB 1.37

Projection system + PC & Connectivity

11

6

BHSC 231

Collaboration: Large Monitor + PC & Connectivity

10

7

BHSC 232

Collaboration: Large Monitor + PC & Connectivity

10

8

BHSC 233

Collaboration: Large Monitor + PC & Connectivity

10

9

BHSC 234

Collaboration: Large Monitor + PC & Connectivity

10

10

BHSC 235

Collaboration: Large Monitor + PC & Connectivity

10

11

BHSC 264

Large Screen + PC & Connectivity

14

12

SAF 01

Large Screen + PC & Connectivity

20

13

SAF G02

Large Screen + PC & Connectivity

12

14

Distillery House G01

Large Screen + PC & Connectivity

35

15

Distillery House G02

Large Screen + PC & Connectivity

30

 

Table 2: Rooms receiving AV upgrades

 

 Rooms

Solution

Capacity

1

ORB G.41

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

25

2

ORB 1.44

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

17

3

ORB 1.45

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

17

4

ORB 2.01

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

15

5

ORB 2.44

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

29

6

ORB 3.26

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

44

9

AL G19

Renew + move AV to teaching desk

30

10

BHSC G04

Update projection + Connectivity

118

11

BHSC G05

Update projection + Connectivity

120

12

BHSC G06

Update projection + Connectivity

122

 

Figure 1: Typical small teaching room design

 

We are planning on demonstrating this new room layout this October in the Library Creative zone. So why not pop along to one of our sessions and we can show staff how to use the technology in these rooms. If you have any queries about this project, please contact avms@ucc.ie for more details. 

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