The College has invested in a technology plan designed to provide additional capabilities for faculty, students, and staff who may face a variety of remote teaching, learning, and working scenarios this fall. This plan has six main objectives:
Mobile, wide-angle web cameras with integrated microphones will be deployed in smart classrooms, allowing faculty and students to join a virtual Zoom session from their physical classroom on campus. These same camera setups will be deployed in research labs so that remote participants can take part in lab demonstrations. Additional document camera functionality will be configured to make notating content in Zoom easier. Rooms with this capability will be listed on the Smart Classroom web page after classroom assignments are completed.
Audio and video recording setups will be deployed in Skillman Library, where faculty can pre-record content. The video system records and captures the instructor as well as content written on a digital board. See this board in action.
More equipment will be available for loan to faculty, students, and staff who need technology support in remote environments. Apple and Dell laptops, wireless hotspots, external displays, and iPad tablets are among the devices that can be requested by completing this form: Request equipment for the fall.
Leveraging our existing private Amazon cloud, ITS will make specialized academic lab software available from any remote location, whether in dorms or across the country and the globe. ITS is also acquiring software licenses needed to ensure successful remote instruction and work, including Zoom Pro and DocuSign. More information regarding software.
In addition to hardware and software purchases, ITS is offering training to support faculty as they prepare for fall courses.