Using teaching room technology: 2021 recap
IT Services and the Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED) ran 18 in person refresher sessions for teaching staff to help prepare for the start of term. If you didn’t make it along to a refresher session, we’ve created this recap for you to reference and share, including existing resources from 2020.
What technology you’ll find in teaching spaces
Last year, we installed cameras and microphones in over 100 rooms so you can deliver your class to both in-person and online students. To learn about the cameras, microphones and how to set them up in the room, visit the ‘AV support for dual delivery’ guide on the IT website.
Before you leave for class
1. Upload files you may need to OneDrive for Business
If you’re planning to use the teaching PC, you may wish to upload PowerPoint presentations or documents you wish to display on the projector beforehand.
2. Check the AV settings for the room
We made a searchable list available so you know what the camera and microphone is called in the room ahead of time. You’ll need to select these when starting a Teams or Panopto session.
When you get to the room
1. Sign in to the teaching PC or connect your laptop
Centrally managed teaching spaces have been designed to offer a consistent experience for staff and students. Read the AV support guide on the IT website to learn more about the control panel.
2. Check the display settings
To adjust the display settings:
- Hold the Windows + P button on your keyboard
- Use the arrow and Enter keys to select Extend
3. Prepare your Teams meeting if needed
We recommend joining the Teams meeting from the teaching PC and performing a test call to check audio levels ahead of your class.
4. Ask for assistance if any issues occur
Additional teaching resources
Our Technology Enhanced Learning team held a ‘Digital Learning Environment’ session earlier this month which looked at Moodle, Panopto and Teams. Within Teams, they covered how to:
- create a module Team in MMS
- schedule Teams meetings
- run polls
- create breakout rooms
If you’re interested in these topics, we recommend visiting the ‘online teaching’ web page or watching the recorded session.