Lecture Center "C" AV Features Overview

An overview on the unique AV features offered with the Lecture Center "C" systems.

The AV systems in Lecture Center "C" offer some unique features to help facilitate synchronous and asynchronous teaching. Those features include: 

  • Ability to share the instructor or audience camera via conferencing software like Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, or other similar software. 
  • Ability to share AV sources like the document camera or wireless presentation system via conferencing software like Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, or other similar software
  • Ability to share classroom microphone audio (instructor's lectern or wireless microphone and/or student microphone audio.) All three microphone types can be used concurrently and are not exclusive to each other.

Classroom Cameras and Conferencing Software

The following guide will explain the different "cameras" available via your chosen conferencing software:

  • OneLINK Bridge (Instructor or Audience camera)
  • OneLINK Bridge (Instructor or Audience camera)
  • AV.io 4k HD Video (Wireless Presentation)
  • doccam-px (Document Camera)

To use a camera, you'll need to select it from the respective software camera options. The cameras will populate the same across different software but the photos below will help you visualize how you'll see those options within Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate.

Zoom

Zoom screen for Select Camera settings

From Zoom Settings, select the Video Tab and Select a Camera to find the options list for your room.

Blackboard Collaborate

Screenshot of Blackboard Video testFrom camera settings you will see a video test and the dropdown menu for selecting your camera option.

Please note: The lectern PC populates the OneLINK bridge cameras (instructor and audience) in a different order so it's best to verify which OneLINK Bridge camera corresponds to the Instructor or Audience camera prior to sharing the video.

Disabling Mirroring Feature

If you notice the cameras displaying your text in reverse or with a mirror effect, there are some steps you can take depending on the software you're using.

For Zoom:

  1. Go to Video
  2. My Video
  3. Uncheck "Mirror my video"

Visit Zoom help; Changing settings in the the desktop client or mobile app for more information.

For Blackboard Collaborate:

Note: Participants and recordings will view/display your camera normally. You only need to open the second window as described in the link if you'd like to be able to monitor the camera so you can see exactly what your participants and recordings are viewing.

Classroom Microphones and Conferencing Software

The following guide will explain which Microphone and Speaker to select to ensure any microphone audio is shared via your chosen conferencing software:

  • Microphone (Attero Tech unDUSB)
  • Speakers (Attero Tech unDUSB)

Generally, the lectern PC should default to Attero Tech unDUSB for your microphone, but if it doesn't you'll need to navigate to the audio settings and select Attero Tech unDUSB as your microphone. The photos below will help you see how the microphone should be set within Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate.

Zoom

Screenshot of Zoom Settings screen

From the Zoom Settings screen, select the Audio Tab to confirm that the audio is connected to Attero Tech unDUSB as your microphone.

Blackboard Collaborate

Screenshot of Blackboard Audio Test settings screen

In the Blackboard Audio test screen you can confirm that the audio is connected to Attero Tech unDUSB as your microphone.

Instructor and Audience Cameras

The following guide will explain how to adjust and preview the instructor and audience cameras.

From the touch screen, you can either select Lectern PC and bring up the Cameras button at the bottom middle of the screen or select the Camera button from the Room Controls section. Both buttons are highlighted below.

Screenshot of Lectern PC touch screen

Pressing the Camera button will bring up the camera controls menu (as seen below.)

Screenshot of Lectern camera controls screen

From the Camera Controls menu, select the Instructor or Audience camera and adjust the pan, tilt, or zoom of that specific camera. There are also two presets available for the Instructor and one for Audience cameras.

Instructor Presets

  • Lectern - the camera is centered to the lectern area only and shows the instructor from that area alone. This preset is suggested if you do not plan to move away from the lectern area.
  • Stage - camera is centered on the whole stage area at the front of the classroom. This preset is suggested if you plan to move around the stage area at the front of the classroom. This preset also partially sees the bottom of the whiteboard.

Audience Preset

  • Full - camera is centered and zoomed out all the way to show as much of the audience area as possible. The first two rows at the front and parts of the aisle seating are not visible with this preset.

The Preview button allows you to preview the instructor camera at the lectern monitor. You can make any adjustments as needed and press the Preview button to exit after making adjustments.

Please note: the audience camera does not have a Preview feature available. To adjust the audience camera, you'll need to select it via conferencing software and view the camera through the software as you make adjustments via the touch screen.

Student Discussion Microphone System

The student discussion microphone system is available to help faculty and students hear each other. This includes voice reinforcement in the classroom and remotely via conferencing software.p

For students, they simply need to press the gray toggle button to turn on the microphone (the button and ring around the microphone will turn red when active) and speak towards the microphone. Students will hear each other via the built-in speaker next to the microphone and classroom speakers. When finished, students just need to press the gray toggle button once more to turn the microphone off (the red LED button and LED ring around the microphone will turn off -no LED light- when inactive.) Please see the photos below for how the microphones look when active and inactive.

Active (red LED light on)

View of microphone with red lights enabled to indicate active microphone

Inactive (red LED light off)

View of microphone with no indicator lights enabled signaling inactive microphone

Faculty also have the option to adjust the audio level for the student microphones. Faculty are able to raise or lower the volume level or mute all the student microphones via the touch screen. Student Mics volume control is highlighted below.

For more information on using the AV systems, please visit:

How do I use the AV system?

How to use Blackboard Collaborate in Classrooms for Synchronous Teaching?

How to use Zoom in Classrooms for Synchronous Teaching?




Keywords:lecture center c lcc AV system zoom student mics microphones a/v audio visual cameras camera   Doc ID:104699
Owner:Isaias H.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2020-08-06 06:57 CSTUpdated:2020-11-02 11:50 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
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