I'm currently thinking about this in terms of upgrades of existing and aging infrastructure. Most of our older installations were paid for with program specific or donor money. While I have a pocket of money, I am doing two plans - the blue sky plan and the realistic one that I think I can actually afford. It may be more work in the end, but at least I'll have a good range of realistic numbers to work with.
To me, full AV capability of a room is not a blue sky plan - it is a realistic plan for must have capability. We had a building that had a completion date of 2010 and in 2008 the plans were for full AV capability of the rooms, but only 1 of those rooms as having lecture capture capability. The other 7 main classrooms were to have limited AV (ie, 1 projector instead of 2, etc.) At the 11th hour into the build, the newer faculty members expressed the opinion that it was impossible to consider building a new building without the technology in it. So there was a change to add complete capability in all rooms and to go back to another building and match that capability so all the faculty could teach in comparable classrooms no matter which building they taught classes in. It's not the way I would have wanted to do it, but it worked out better than I had expected.
We have done 3D in the past for conference rooms and it was never used. Admittedly that was a few years back and whether it would be used more today is a question, but you have to have the people willing to create the content to utilize the technology.
What I'm looking for in my upgrades is equipment to allow more interaction (ie, replacing older projectors with something that would allow for annotation - if they're going to crawl up the screen and point to stuff they might as well have the ability to annotate as well) and HD capability. What that costs and how I'm going to do that is going to be the interesting part.
Elaine Mello, CTS
Distance Education & Streaming Operations Manager
MIT Libraries - Specialized Content & Services
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Kitchens, Larry
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 11:45 AM
Subject: [av-1] "Blue Sky" Technology Classroom
We have been invited to sit down with the planning group to "Blue Sky" what types of technology need to be included in a new academic building now under consideration.
Some of the thinking so far has included installing a full A/V capability with permanently installed systems (i.e., projector, computer, document camera, touch panel control system, annotation capability, video conferencing, lecture capture, student response systems, etc.)
There is also talk of 3-D capabilities, multi-image projection capability in some classrooms/labs, both Windows and Mac computers.
I am interested in what others are doing in today's/tomorrow's classrooms AND,if you had the money what you dream of doing.
Thanks in advance for any ideas, comments, suggestions, etc......
Larry E. Kitchens, Director
Center for Instructional Services
Texas Christian University
Ft. Worth, TX 76129
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