Technology Blossoms Over Winter Break

Welcome to Spring 2021!

In the summer of 2020, we installed a significant amount of technology in the various classrooms to support SMUFlex and fully virtual courses.  This technology worked well, but the lack of audience microphones in many spaces and the lack of the visual of the students in the classroom delivered a slightly disconnected experience for the class.  As a remote graduate student myself, I was able to experience the efficacy as well as the limitations of our initial technology configuration firsthand.  In order to provide a better experience for the spring semester, the University authorized the purchase of another set of technology that was installed over the Winter break. Continue reading Technology Blossoms Over Winter Break

Classroom Technology Resources for 2021

SMUFlexWe know that the transition to SMUFlex and virtual teaching has not been easy and required a tremendous amount of effort from you.  While the new technology should provide an enhanced and simpler experience for your courses, it also adds yet another thing to learn!  Rest assured, we’ve made it as simple as possible and have provided multiple resources to help you get acclimated. Continue reading Classroom Technology Resources for 2021

Classroom Upgrades: New Devices to Enhance SMUFlex

Owl and DTENIn preparation for the Fall semester, each classroom received a variety of technology components to help facilitate SMUFlex. The focus during the initial upgrade was to ensure high-quality video and audio for the instructor, whiteboard capabilities and zoom. As fall classes began, the need for audience microphones became more critical in providing an enhanced experience for the remote students particularly in classes that rely heavily on discussion. Several temporary solutions were deployed in a few classrooms to help provide this functionality. The University has allocated additional funding to purchase technology for 62 classrooms to improve the online experience for students this spring. Continue reading Classroom Upgrades: New Devices to Enhance SMUFlex

Teams pivot to support simultaneous in-person and online classes this fall

Epson ScreenClassroom instruction has been turned upside down this year, shifting from 100% in-person to 100% online.  As we return to the Hilltop for Summer 2, we are anticipating yet another transition where instruction occurs in both online and face-to-face modalities simultaneously.  Pedagogically, this will require a good bit of flexibility for faculty. The classroom technology to support this hybridized approach is also very different and complex. Continue reading Teams pivot to support simultaneous in-person and online classes this fall

New Classroom Equipment Includes HD Lecture Capture Technology

room control panelThis summer has certainly been a busy one when it comes to freshening up the campus. Many buildings are receiving intense renovations, and classroom technology improvements are of course part of the process. Over the past few months, some classrooms have received special new equipment, including long-lasting laser projectors, upgraded lectern PCs with quick solid-state storage, and even high-definition lecture recording systems. Continue reading New Classroom Equipment Includes HD Lecture Capture Technology