Two new AV upgrades in time for Christmas

The AV installation team have been busy over the last few weeks completeing not one but two new AV upgrades in Miller G19 and JJT 141.

Miller G19 now has the following facilities

  • Standard Teaching desk with standardised Crestron control, USB ports and power socket for laptop/portable device
  • PC with interactive monitor
  • 85″ LED display
  • Document camera
  • Speakers for audio from all sources
  • Plug in cables for laptop/portable device with the following connections – VGA, Audio jack, HDMI, USBC

Before and After Miller G19

 

JJT 141 now has the following facilities

  • Standard Teaching desk with standardised Crestron control, USB ports and power socket for laptop/portable device
  • PC with interactive monitor
  • 85″ LED display
  • Document camera
  • Speakers for audio from all sources
  • Plug in cables for laptop/portable device with the following connections – VGA, Audio jack, HDMI, USBC

Before and After JJT141

We are always very interested in any feedback you have regarding the new AV upgrades or any other issues & questions regarding centrally managed teaching room audio visual.

Please E-Mail the Teaching Spaces Technology Manager – t.p.philips@reading.ac.uk

 

Hopkins 101 – enhanced AV facilities

We have completed the upgrade of the AV equipment in Hopkins 101.  In addition to replacing the legacy equipment, the following facilities are now available:

  • Repeater screen on wall for easier viewing at the rear of the room.  NOTE: This screen can be used independently for group working by using connection shown.

  • Document camera
  • Working microphone
  • Speakers installed the full length of the room (previously these were only available at the teaching end)
  • Additional cable for connecting to MACs, iPads, iPhones (user to provide adapter).  Image below shows: clockwise from top-left: audio, VGA, HDMI, USB-C.

 

 

AV Upgrades for 2019/20

We have published the schedule for this year’s AV equipment upgrades: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/teaching-learning-facilities/av-upgrades/.

We have a full schedule for the autumn term and hope to include additional rooms for the spring and summer terms.  However, the funding for this programme of works has been reduced for the current academic year which will mean that the overall upgrades that can be achieved is likely to be reduced compared to previous years.

Helena Bampton
Head of Teaching & Learning Technology

Helping you connect

Video-conferencing has become a part of working life for many staff.  Although portable systems are available on request, the best experience is achieved when a room has a dedicated video-conferencing facility installed.  Carrington 203 now has a system installed through which you can connect using Skype for Business on the PC provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unsure how to setup a Skype Meeting?  We have an easy-to-follow interactive guide for you: Setting up a Skype Meeting

Meteorology GU01 – Business as usual

We are very pleased to report that the AV upgrade of the Meteorology Lecture Theatre in GU01 has been completed.  The equipment consists of a larger screen with laser projector, one of our new standard tech tables with control panel, adjustable interactive monitor, lapel microphone, document camera, and cable tidy comprising HDMI/VGA/audio.  We hope you will agree that this provides a much improved audio and video experience in this teaching space.

Helena Bampton
TEL & AV Manager
Information Technology

 

Resolving problems in Meteorology GU01

As some staff will be aware, we have been experiencing problems with the AV equipment in the lecture theatre, Meteorology GU01.  This theatre had been scheduled for an upgrade over the Christmas break by the TEL & AV Team.  However we realise that the deterioration in the performance of the AV equipment has accelerated and have now put new plans in place as follows:

  • The in-house upgrade has been brought forward and will now take place during the week commencing 5th November, 2018.  Our thanks to Room Bookings, Events and Venue Reading for rescheduling sessions that were due to take place in the theatre during that week.
  • A new projector has been installed as a temporary measure to improve the image.  It has not been possible to reprogram the control panel on the lectern so this will need to be controlled via a remote device that has been left in the room.
  • We are checking the room daily and monitoring calls to the Service Desk for any issues.

We want to reassure you that we are continuing with our schedule of AV Upgrades across campus.  Although we have a prioritised plan, we will respond as quickly as possible where a teaching space becomes unfit for purpose.

Helena Bampton
TEL & AV Manager
Information Technology

Teaching & Learning Facilities Survey 2018

The TEL & AV Team would firstly like to express thanks to those members of staff who completed our survey last year.  Your feedback has been extremely useful and has provided input for the improvements we have made this year – see the highlights below.  As we continue to make improvements to the AV facilities in our teaching spaces, it is important that we again obtain your feedback to ensure that what we are providing is meeting your needs.  We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete our Teaching & Learning Facilities Survey 2018.  The survey will be open until 31st July, 2018.

Below are a few highlights of the work carried out since last year’s survey.  If you would like to see a summary of the feedback from staff please see: Teaching & Learning Facilities Survey 2017 – Results.

  • In-house AV upgrades continue to be carried out by the team. These are receiving positive feedback from staff although they do highlight the poor quality of legacy equipment in rooms that have not yet been upgraded.  The ongoing schedule of complete and scheduled upgrades is available here: AV Upgrades.  The most significant changes to teaching spaces this year have been in Miller G05 and Allen Lab G09 (carried out as part of an E&F project to provide more flexible teaching spaces).  Ongoing funding continues to be sought in order that teaching spaces are refreshed on a regular basis.
  • We have carried out a number of departmental AV installations in the following areas:
    • London Road
    • Polly Vacher G35
    • Graduate School
    • Harry Nursten
  • We have provided an online interactive guide for staff who would like to set up an online meeting using Skype for Business.
  • VoIP phones are being installed in all centrally managed teaching spaces. So far these have been rolled out in Chancellor’s, Edith Morley and Agriculture.

If you should need a demonstration of our AV equipment, please book a session using this form: Equipment Demo/Training

For any questions about this survey, please contact Helena Bampton.

Facelift for Allen Lab G09

The TEL & AV Team have updated the AV equipment in the newly refurbished Allen Lab G09.  Additional repeater screens, an interactive monitor and microphone have been installed to provide an enhanced teaching experience.  The overall room refurbishment was managed by Heather Silk-Jones, Building Support Services Manager in Campus Services and is part of a schedule of works being carried out by E&F to provide more flexible teaching spaces for staff and students.  The new layout – seen below – provides an increased capacity of 60 seats.

Allen Lab G09 Room Refurbishment

Allen Lab G09 Room Refurbishment – Before and After

Allen Lab G09 Panoramic View

Allen Lab G09 Panoramic View