latest news & information
2015 Classroom Refresh
SmartClassroom technology continues to be refreshed through the eTech Initiative. During Summer 2015, OIT CTS performed infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades in 12 DBH classrooms, 3 IAB classrooms, 3 SST classrooms, 2 PCB classrooms, HH 178, and the BS3 1200, EH 1200, and SSH 100 lecture halls.
From 2012-2014, OIT CTS completed similar improvements to 87 other classrooms, including many in Humanities Hall, Social Science Lab, and Information & Computer Science, to name a few.
For all refresh information, please visit our Classrooms & Lecture Halls page, the individual classroom pages or view the documents below:
2015 Refresh Information (pdf)
Refresh Project Summary (pdf)
GAC Relocation Project
As part of a much larger project, some general assignment classroom space in Engineering Tower and Information & Computer Science was re-assigned to Engineering over Winter Break 2015-16. To replace the rooms we've lost, three new spaces were converted to SmartClassrooms for use beginning Winter Quarter 2016:
Additional general assignment classrooms around the Engineering Quad may be re-assigned in the near future, but we'll try to keep you up to date on any classroom changes as we know more.
Active Learning Classroom (ALC)
SE 101 is a new Active Learning Classroom (ALC) that opened for Winter Quarter 2016 classes. The room is specially designed for group work and utilization of active learning techniques, as there is no "front" of this octagon-shaped room. SE 101 contains 7 student tables, each with its own display and wireless projection capabilities, as well as an instructor station holding a variety of more standard SmartClassroom equipment.
Instructors interested in this type of learning environment are encouraged to contact OIT-CTS to get a room orientation, and then to work with their departmental schedule of classes coordinators to get the course booked into SE 101. This is an experimental classroom set up, and as such instructors will need to be open to a new classroom environment and the associated bugs that may need to be worked out as the design and implementation is refined.
Wide-Tipped Whiteboard Markers Available
Instructors only - Are you using a whiteboard in a large SmartClassroom? Are you concerned that students in the back rows can't read what's on the board because of narrow-tipped whiteboard markers? We now have a solution! Artline 5109A Big Nib Whiteboard Markers.
Contact OIT-CTS, then come by our office in AIRB 3070 to pick up a box for the quarter.
VHS Tape Usage in Campus Classrooms
SmartClassrooms that were built after 2011 no longer contain VHS/DVD decks by default. Starting in 2012, the 20-30 classrooms per year having their technology refreshed will receive Blu-ray decks in place of VHS decks. As a result, permanently installed VHS decks will be phased out of all SmartClassrooms by the start of Fall 2016.
VHS tapes can still be temporarily accommodated in classrooms that no longer contain them. VHS decks may be picked up for loan from the OIT CTS office, your department, or support centers such as the Humanities Instructional Resource Center or Social Science Computing Services, and connected to the RCA inputs on the side of the SmartClassroom lectern. For the long term, we recommend that materials currently on VHS tape should be re-purchased in digital format as available, or converted to digital format where copyright allows. For assistance and information, please contact your subject librarian, your school computing support staff, or OIT CTS staff.
Complete information on VHS usage in the classrooms is available here:
VHS Usage Information
OIT has introduced a new audio/screen capture service which can be voluntarily used by instructors, employees, and departments who wish to easily record classes or presentations. UCI Replay is available on all SmartClassroom computers, and can also be downloaded to office or personal computers for UCI use.
For instructions and additional information on UCI Replay, visit: http://replay.oit.uci.edu
Mac Laptop Brightness Issues
Have you noticed a significantly dimmer image lately when connecting your Mac laptop to a SmartClassroom podium? Your problem may be due to a change Apple made in a recent update to Mac OS, resulting in a much darker default image when using the external display.
Perform the following calibration to obtain a better projected image. When you are done, you should be amazed at how good the new projected image looks!
- First, connect your laptop to an external display (you can use a smartclassroom VGA cable, or connect to a projector or monitor elsewhere)
- Open System Preferences
- Open Displays, and select the external (VGA) display
- Hit Calibrate
- Check the box enabling Expert Mode, and follow the directions as you are guided through the calibration process