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Ready for Semester 1?

With the start of the semester only a few days away, what do I need to consider, before walking into a teaching space?

It could be one I have used before, or a new one to me.

Use the links below to LEARN, with teaching staff log in.

Upgraded teaching spaces

A number of spaces have been upgraded and enlarged over the summer period. Some building names have even changed.

There may be new lecterns, controls, annotation monitors, and microphones.

It may be worth viewing spaces well before teaching, rather than being surprised on the day.

Windows 10

We now have Windows 10 installed in Resident PCs – the PC in teaching space lecterns.

Common mistakes

It is easy to forget simple things, in the rush to get in and get started. And when finishing up.

Lecture capture

The new Echo360 has been in place since late last year. And more teaching spaces than ever, now have lecture capture installed.

Noting there is no backup, or just-in-case capture taking place. Semi-automated lecture capture only takes place in installed spaces, if requested and confirmed in advance. Consider this well in advance, for Semester 2.

Dealing with fire and emergencies

When teaching, be prepared for those rare situations.

Support

This can be requested though a quick web form on Assyst Self Service, selecting Services on the left, and then the provider.

All the best for your first teaching activity.

When is Windows 10 coming to teaching spaces?

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.

Ngā mihi,

Audio Visual Services, with Client Technologies Support and e-Learning Support.

Are any of your courses recorded?

The system used for lecture capture is changing on Monday 20 November 2017.

An updated version of Echo360 is coming. It includes:

  • An improved look
  • New features, to benefit both teaching staff and students
  • A new system working in the background

How did the trial go?

We thank the teaching staff of the six courses trialing the new Echo360 this semester. Their survey found their opinion of the system, and the support provided, to be overwhelmingly positive.

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The student survey reported a high proportion finding it easy to use, and having an overall positive experience with it. This included accessing course recordings from a variety of locations, internet connections and devices.

How do I get started?

For teaching staff, starter familiarisation sessions are coming up in early November. They are on the Library calendar system, LibCal for booking.

There is concise guidance on Learn for using the new system.

A one-page summary of the changes is also there.

How can course recordings be transferred?

Course recordings will be stored differently. They have to be requested to be transferred, if needed. This would be if recordings are used each year, over and over.

Past course recordings will be on the old system for a limited time. Fill in a quick web form on Assyst to request a transfer.

Ngā mihi,

e-Learning Support and Audio Visual Services.

Using a teaching space? Consider your colleagues after you

With controls for sound, visuals and lighting at our fingertips during teaching activities, remember when finishing up, to reset the system.

It’s quick and simple. Create a habit, to do so, as soon as you finish.

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Reset by firmly pressing the power off button on the AMX Touch Panel.

This quickly restarts it, with sound, visual and lighting settings at their expected default levels.

Not resetting impacts the next users – your colleagues.

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If your colleagues have lecture capture programmed, they want to know that the microphones are actually picking up sound.

The visuals recorded are of little use without sound, when someone else has muted a microphone.

There is also no audio recording magically taking place either, without the Echo360 hardware installed… and a request, booking and the confirmation of lecture capture, in advance.

So, think of your colleagues: Reset your tech and put your microphone back correctly.

Put your microphone on charge at the end of teaching

image1Coming to the end of a teaching activity?

Be sure to put your microphone back on charge.

Carefully calibrated technologies are in place in lecture spaces, to make sure the audio experience of students is consistent – including the Wireless Lapel Microphone system.

Being wireless, it has its own portable power source – in its bodypack.

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When the bodypack is taken out of the charging dock, it automatically switches on and starts picking up audio. The green light on the bodypack comes on.

Likewise, when put back correctly, it switches off automatically and starts recharging.

Given the near all-day use of many teaching spaces, it is crucial that this gets every opportunity to have a bit more charge put in.

When a previous user has not replaced the bodypack correctly in the charging dock, it stays on and is not recharging. Double trouble. That impacts teaching staff later that day, and even the next day.

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Place the bodypack, the right way round, in the charging dock. This means the screen on the bodypack faces the lights on the charger dock.

image4Then push down to feel a click. On the charging dock the red charging light will come on.

Simply put:

  • Click,
  • Check,
  • Loop, and
  • Clip

 
Not quite sure what we mean?
Here is a very quick video to show you.

Remember, Echo360 recording only takes place if it has been requested, booked in and confirmed in advance. There is no audio recording to access later, if this has not been done.