Classroom Technology Standards:
The Academic Computing Technologies (ACT) working group has developed classroom standards to support teaching with technology for both video teleconferencing and standard rooms to assist in forecasting costs and installation schedules.
1. Continue to refine the classroom standard(s) in a dynamic environment.
2. Develop quantity-to-price analyses by room type in order to expedite classroom upgrades including:
A. conversions to HDMI to accommodate ceiling speakers in Halpin-Harrison Hall rooms.
B. VGA to HDMI conversions in older buildings.
C. HDMI to Apple TV upgrades.
3. Maintain updated and current documentation for classroom technology.
4. Provide faculty support for effective use of classroom technology.
Digital Transition Initiative:
Through the Digital Transition Initiative, ACT is replacing analog classroom equipment with state-of-the-art digital components. The design is expected to result in an extended 6-10 year life-cycle for podium equipment.
1. Academic Computing Technologies began executing a multi-year plan in the summer of 2015 to upgrade existing technology classrooms to meet new digital standards.
2. Deferred maintenance and a lack of a replacement cycle has resulted in a large number of classrooms (41/90) that continue to rely on analog VGA equipment. Through the Digital Transition Initiative, Academic Computing Technologies (ACT) is replacing analog classroom equipment with state-of-the-art digital components.
3. Adding wireless presentation capacity [Apple TV] to digital rooms – Consistent changes in MacBook hardware design/port options such as Firewire, Thunderbolt and USB, have created an unsustainable environment that 1) relies on an ever-changing assortment of expensive adapters, and 2) prevents cohesion between room based display system, and end users who use their MacBooks to teach.
1. Secure departmental funding for classroom upgrades. The majority of these classrooms are in SPL and HHH. A complete list of classrooms is available here on the “Classrooms” tab
2. Work with external partners to develop and sustain coherence in funding room upgrades in a timely manner that capitalizes on 1) the human capital in ACT to affect these changes, and 2) the academic calendar. Historically external funds have not been available to effectively optimize classroom technology upgrade projects. Coordinating the various aspects the project management process for room upgrades, including, funding, purchasing, preinstallation, and installation of equipment into learning spaces needs to be improved with external partners.
1. The ACT classroom technology refresh standard is based upon an industry standard 6 year time frame.
2. Spaces that do not conduct video conferencing, which are based on the 2017 HDMI classroom standard are expected to have a life cycle of 6-10 years, with the exception of projectors.
3. Develop formal refresh cycle for critical systems based upon a 5-7 year time frame for video teleconferencing rooms.
4. Secure funding for upgrading core video teleconferencing rooms.
5. Develop transition plan to next generation AV technology in VTC rooms including:
A. AV over IP.
B. AV bridging.
ACT is located on the 3rd floor of Smith Library. For more information about classroom technology at Shenandoah, please contact ACT Director Richard Pierce.