Over the summer the AV equipment in the classrooms has been renewed, and the rooms refurbished.
There are quite a few new inclusions:
Most of the lectern tops follow this design below - Where there is a preview monitor in the upstand. This will show you what is coming out of the projector, and displayed on the projection screen.
The PC monitor is also a touch screen - and also has a pen stylus (to be able to write on the screen) which slides in and out of the bottom corner of the screen.
Inside the lectern, there are some more changes.....
Each lectern now has the whiteboard accessories stored in a tray inside the lectern:
On the lectern tops, there is a full HD visualiser:
The head of the visualier is fully movable (the stem is a gooseneck). The main controls are on the base - zoom, lamp on and off, focus, and on/off.
Finally, each one of the lecterns now has a power socket on the side (under one side of the lectern top), to allow for laptops and portable devices to be plugged in.
There are a set of visits planned for next week - if anyone would like to come and look at the new setups.
The way we can report faults from this Academic year onwards is changing.
There is a new way to feedback to us if you spot something wrong, or not as you expect it to be:
If you go there, the following form comes up:
If you fill this in, either the AV Unit, IT Supporters or Estates will attend to the issue.
ERA will be running a full event in London on 7 October 2015 called:
"Making the Most of Your ERA Licence"
The event will include practical demonstrations of recording and ‘catch-up’ systems, a presentation on the Research Education Space project, and a panel discussion on AV copyright/ licensing issues.
If anyone would like to go.... please express an interest with firstname.lastname@example.org
More details are below:
Just as a way of a gentle reminder, we have ERA coming to visit us this Wednesday at 11:15 in the Council Chamber on Campus.
They’ve offered to come and visit us and do a fact-finding session on the license terms, and a Q&A session on it.
The ERA Licensing Scheme provides us with the means of accessing and using broadcast material both in the classroom and by students at home.
The licence allows us to use material sourced from broadcasts (including accessing catch-up TV and Radio services of the UK public service broadcasters) for teaching resources.
19 August 2015
11:15 to 13:15
Council Chamber Wessex House (Main UoB Campus).
Kathleen Roberts and Victoria Smith attending.
If you have anyone that many be interested – please pass it on to them.
Hope that you will be able to make it.
New license updates are here: http://www.era.org.uk/the-licence/updates ; and terms: http://www.era.org.uk/the-licence/details-rates/terms-licence
Turning Technologies have messaged us today to say they have some webinars available:
Basic Polling with ResponseWare
Gain a basic understanding of TurningPoint’s native PowerPoint polling option, including how to get started, how to build a question, different question types, additional features and reporting. This session will also outline Anywhere polling, the different polling environments and the features that are available.
Tuesday, 21st July (1:00 p.m. GMT)
Advanced PowerPoint Polling with ResponseWare
This masterclass will help advanced users understand demographic assignment slides, comparative links, conditional branching and picture slides. In addition, a focus on pedagogical applications such as - Agile Teaching, Game-Based Learning and Peer Instruction will also be covered.
Monday, 27th July (1:00 p.m. GMT)
Prof. Lancaster will use ResponseWare to illustrate and deliver a pedagogy based on peer-instruction but moving further towards flipped roles - an approach in which students and academics are partners in facilitating learning.
Thursday, 23rd July (1:00 p.m. GMT)
Prof. Tweddell will discuss his experiences of designing a curriculum informed by educational best practice and delivered by Team-Based Learning. He will also talk through his use of ResponseCard NXT and TurningPoint.
Wednesday, 29th July (1:00 p.m. GMT)
The registration for these is here:
One of the University's newest building was formally opened recently by our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex.
The Edge is a state-of-the-art building offering a unique hub of culture and innovation to students, staff and visitors.
Here's our video of the day:
Our colleagues at Durham University have been testing the new version of the Swivl camera mount.
The product looks interesting - but their testing has highlighted a few issues.
We'll obviously monitor the outcome to see if it becomes something we may like to look at in the future.
Now that the rebuild process in 8W is complete, we would like to invite everyone to come and visit the rooms to see the extent of the refurbishment, and look over the new technology.
The visits will be held on:
Friday 26 June
10:00 to 12:00
14:00 to 16:00
If you would like to come along and see the result of the first year of the refurbishment programme, please do!
8W project is drawing to a close... the final fixed seating is going in.... lecterns are being connected up..... final touches are well underway.
The official handover is tomorrow - 12 June 2015.
There's a small amount of finishing off to do, but on the whole the project is on time.
Here's a sneak preview of some of the new facilities:
One of the new lecterns in 8W (8w2.29)
8W1.1 - with new seating
The 8W refurbishment continues at some pace. We should be having Level 2 rooms handed back to us late on Friday evening.
There are some changes in the rooms:
All the rooms will be fully HD and Widescreen.
All the rooms will have new controllers, lecterns, visualisers, and screens.
There has also been an upgrade to all of the wiring infrastructure in the rooms - so we should be much better placed for future operations.
The fixed seating is returning to the lecture theatres today (new).