A number of teaching spaces have a computer installed in the lectern, for teaching staff. This is known as the ‘Resident PC’.
With Windows 10 having been around since mid-2015 – and by now well bedded in – it is time to take advantage of this operating system, within live teaching activities. The physical PC will stay the same. And an upgrade of the install on Resident PCs, from Windows 7 to Windows 10, will be for Semester 1, 2018.
What does this mean for teaching staff?
It means a pretty similar looking way of working with a PC, a few slightly different ways of doing things, and some enhancements.
What is different?
- A new look start menu, with ’tiles’ to assist finding programmes. A folder icon is there, for accessing files, such as on a plugged in USB memory drive.
- There are more programmes for easy access, on the task bar, at the bottom of the screen.
- Office 2016 will be opening presentations and documents, so you may just want to test existing materials out beforehand.
How about accessing the internet?
All the usual web browsers will be available, with each now having a consistent set of UC teaching-specific favorites/bookmarks appearing in the toolbar.
How about accessing presentations or documents?
- It is still recommended files be on a USB memory drive, or by having them on LEARN for access.
- For those that really have to log out, and log in, the existing process will take longer. Much quicker to use a new ‘Remote Desktop’ programme on the task bar. For this make note of your computer ID, found on a white UC label on your PC/laptop.
When can I try this out?
From Friday 8 November. Just check Timetable Reports, to ensure spaces are available, before heading over to:
- Engineering Core E5
- Jack Erskine 101
- Jack Erskine 111
- Jack Erskine 121
- Undercroft 101 (seminars)
- Dovedale DD02 (meetings/video conferencing)
- Wheki 104
For more guidance on Resident PCs, and teaching space technologies, head to LEARN, with teaching staff login.
Audio Visual Services, with Client Technologies Support and e-Learning Support.