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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.


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.


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.

Wrapping up a teaching activity? Reset the teaching technology

When teaching staff set up for a teaching activity, they expect the teaching technology to be ready to go with its default settings. So, at the end of any teaching session, it is crucial to reset the audio and visual presentation system for the next member of staff.

For example, this will reduce the number of unsuccessful Echo360 recordings caused by muted microphones.

This is quick and easy to do on the AMX touch panel.


To reset the technology, do the following:

1. Touch the ‘Power Off’ button


2. If you wish to hurry the process along, touch the ‘Power Off Now’ button. Or let the countdown to finish.


3. Once reset, the middle of the touch panel will look like this:


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.

For more information, here is a short video on using the AMX touch panel to control the technology in a teaching space.

Live Streaming of Lectures at UC (Wednesdays)

Ihaka Lectures

An annual series of lectures celebrating Professor Ross Ihaka’s contribution to the development of R and its leading role in statistical computing is offered by the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics.

The lectures will be live streamed
 at UC:
Room DA02 at UC’s Dovedale Campus

First Lecture: 8 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: “Expressing Yourself with R“,
Speaker: Hadley Wickham

Second Lecture: 15 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: R and data journalism in New Zealand,
Speaker: Harkanwal Singh

Third Lecture: 22 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: Interactive visualisation and fast computation of the solution path for convex clustering and biclustering,
Speaker: Dr Genevera Allen

Fourth Lecture: 29 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: Statistical computing in a (more) static environment,
Speaker: Ross Ihaka

For more information, please contact: Richard.Penny@stats.govt.nz

Details of the lecture series are available here

From the site: The Ihaka lectures
The series is named after Ross Ihaka, Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland. Ross, along with Robert Gentleman, co-created R – a statistical programming language now used by the majority of the world’s practicing statisticians. It is difficult to over-emphasise the importance of Associate Professor Ihaka’s contribution to our field. We named this lecture series in his honour, as a way to recognise his work and his contributions to our field in perpetuity.

AV Technology Upgrades

Over Summer, AV have been busy upgrading some of our high use lecture theatres to the new digital technology standard already in use in some spaces across campus. These newly installed spaces include:

  • Central Lecture Theatres
  • E8 amd E9
  • E13, 14 and 16

The rooms all have as standard, high quality document cameras, touch screens to allow annotation of notes, images etc, resident computers and HDMI inputs. Because of the HD document cameras plus the annotation screens, OHPs will no longer be available in these rooms.

For further information about what is in the rooms and any assistance with using the technology please feel free to contact AV on mailto:audiovisual@canterbury.ac.nz

Echo360 Project: Lecture capture

Echo360, the current lecture capture solution used to record lectures and provide access to video content, will no longer be supported after 2017. A project to replace Echo360 has been approved.

We have chosen to move to Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP), the new product from our current vendor. This option will require the least change for users. ALP is a cloud based service that has the advantage of removing the current performance issues with local storage and playback of video files. We anticipate that there will be an impact on internet traffic, but are confident that the network infrastructure will be able to provide a quality service. ALP will be fully integrated with Learn and Syllabus +.

We will be expanding the number of lecture theatres equipped with lecture capture hardware as part of the project, due to growing demand.

The new system will be in place for start of 2018 and we will be running a small pilot later in 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the e-Learning Support, Audio Visual Services or IT Project Manager, Emma de Lacey.