New Technology Coming to the Classroom
The look and function of learning environments have significantly changed over the years. In response to the global pandemic of 2019-2020, we witnessed an accelerated transformation in the use of technology and remote learning. Getting to where we are today was not easy. The terrain was arduous and at times the path was unclear. However, we have been able to see the benefits of remote learning and how to use it to supplement the traditional classroom setting.
Learning from what worked, and what didn’t, we made changes in our classrooms that allow for better communication while hosting in-person or hybrid classes. These technological changes have been implemented across all labs and classrooms managed by ETS (Engineering Technical Services).
Each room has been upgraded with a digital projector, a monitor in the back of the classroom, a ceiling mic, and at least two cameras. Aware that it can pose a challenge to manage a Zoom audience while teaching an in-person or hybrid class, we decided to install a monitor in the back of the room. And it can also be used for displaying slides or a lecture outline. We found that the sound quality for online students was a candidate for improvement. To remedy this, we added a ceiling mic so students online can better hear their classmates when questions are asked or answered. That leaves us with one last upgrade, we fitted each classroom with at least two cameras; one focused on the audience and one focused on the professor.