University-managed classrooms are equipped with touch-panel controls, data projectors, PCs, and laptop connectivity. Many of the classrooms also contain a digital document camera (located in the ceiling or in the desk), and some contain a VCR and/or a SMART Board (an interactive whiteboard with a touch-sensitive display). Rooms that are slide-projector compatible are available; slide projectors may be checked out from individual departments or by calling The Teaching Center at (314) 935-6810.
To report problems with the classroom multimedia, please call The Teaching Center at (314) 935-6810.
The multimedia cabinet in each of the University-managed classrooms is locked; instructors may request cabinet keys from departmental administrative assistants or from John Pingree in the Office of the University Registrar (Women’s Building, Rm. 50).
Faculty members who wish to have additional licensed instructional technology software installed on classroom PCs should contact The Teaching Center by email, or by phone at (314) 935-6810.
Training on Classroom Multimedia Systems
The Teaching Center provides individual training for faculty and TAs on how to use the classroom multimedia systems. The Teaching Center will coordinate a time when the requesting instructor and the classroom are available.
To schedule an appointment for training on the multimedia in classrooms, contact The Teaching Center by phone at (314) 935-6810, or by email.
Classroom Availability for Practice
We encourage faculty to visit their classrooms before the semester starts and to take a few minutes to practice using the multimedia systems or other equipment. Although most of our classrooms are unoccupied 1 to 2 weeks before a semester begins, it is advisable to check with the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) to determine when your classroom is available (contact John Pingree at OUR by email, or by phone at (314) 935-4145).
Latest Multimedia Equipment
The Teaching Center pilots new instructional technologies to determine whether they should be installed in University-managed classrooms. A number of technological devices have recently moved from the pilot stage to classroom installation. The most recent multimedia equipment to be installed in University-managed classrooms is listed below. For examples of different ways in which Washington University faculty use the classroom-multimedia system when developing effective teaching approaches, see Flexible Technology.
Control Systems, Desks and Podiums
The touch-panel control systems and instructors’ desks and podiums in the classrooms have been designed with teaching in mind. These components are set up in a similar way in nearly every multimedia classroom, making it easy to use the technology no matter which of the classrooms an instructor is using. The multimedia (e.g., PC, DVD player, and VCR) are located in the instructor’s desk, which has been designed to facilitate the use of technology without losing functionality for more traditional teaching methods.
While all of our classrooms have overhead transparency projectors, many of our recently remodeled classrooms also have a document camera. A more versatile presentation tool, the document camera is a digital camera that can project images not only of transparencies, but also of photographs, three-dimensional objects, books, and other printed text. Document cameras are either table-top models located in the instructor’s desk or “built-in” models installed in the ceiling, above the desk.
Several of our classrooms have SMART Boards, which are interactive whiteboards with a touch-sensitive display. When using the SMART Board with the classroom PC or a laptop (PC or Mac), the user’s hand becomes the computer mouse. Faculty can write notes, draw diagrams, and highlight information on the SMART Board, then save this information to a computer file for later use or to disseminate to students. The interactive display allows a faculty member to work as naturally at a technology board as at a chalkboard.