ITS Fall 2021 Updates

Our goal in ITS is to limit classroom downtime.  We use the following methods to help us do this:

  • We have shifted to laser projectors in standard classrooms, which means the projectors are no longer limited by lamp hours nor require bulb changes.  (In the larger spaces we are still using projectors with limited bulb life.)
  • Use of a monitoring system that gives us a clear snapshot of how each room is used and how many hours per year the system in each space is operated.
  • Use of network monitors that tell us when devices go offline.  They provide valuable warnings that something may be occurring.

ITS operates on 5 and 10 year cycles to refresh and upgrade classrooms.  2020 has been challenging as it has forced us to delay scheduled upgrades, often in reaction to deferred building renovations such as in Warner and Dana Auditorium.

The 5 year cycle is for items such as projectors (for smaller classrooms), switchers, Blu-rays and Apple TV’s, network switches, and other smaller cost items depending on room layouts.

The 10 year cycle is used for larger spaces that require more expensive projectors, as well as the touch panels and microphones in the larger teaching spaces.

With the advent of COVID-19 and the way it has required us to operate, incorporating remote teaching capabilities into our classroom designs has taken top priority, not to mention adding additional microphones and making overall enhancements to our teaching and learning spaces.

 

Classroom Upgrade Schedule - Midd Campus

FY 21: July 2020 - June 2021

Completion by March 1, 2021  

Basic classroom with control

BDL Barn 1-6
HLD 200
FICFR 2 & CK 2
MCA 210
MBH:  235, 305, & 405
SDLILC1 & 130
VFH:  287 & 288

Space with more complex switching and audio capability

MCA Concert Hall
OCH 206

Spaces with complex switching and audio capabilities, ex. surround sound and Zoom/Video conferencing

RAJ

FY 21: July 2020 - June 2021

Completion by June 1, 2021  

Basic classroom with control

JHN: 204, 206, 405, 407
 

Space with more complex switching and audio capability

JHN 304

Spaces with complex switching and audio capabilities, ex. surround sound and Zoom/Video conferencing

SDL Dana Aud

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