"Do you have any comments concerning the difficulty or ease of using ClassTech rooms ?"
All of the lighting controls in EB I 1007 are at the opposite side of the room from the podium. This is not as convenient as it should be. ClassTech rooms are easy to use. The only problem I had with the DH Hill Theater is the fact that I didn't have enough dry erase board space, so it was quite cumbersome to switch from writing on the board to using PP, Doc Cam, etc. ClassTech rooms are now very easy to use. The only issue that I've had is in installing additional R packages: the install process tries to install HTML help files in some folder where I have no write permissions; by contrast, the binaries are installed in my AFS space; it seems to be an inappropriate path problem. Classtech rooms are very user friendly. Difficulties of Fox 306: 1) blinding glare on computer screen caused by overhead light that cannot be turned off 2) dysfunctionality of audio applications (quicktime, realplayer) I could never count on having audio in class, even though I checked to make sure it was working on other computers. Generally, ClassTech rooms are very easy to use. Document camera: time taken to start up the system (bring down the screens, start up the LCD projector) and turn it off (time taken for LCD projector to turn off, screens to go up) reduces its usefulness compared to a traditional overhead projector. In the room I used, the blackboards were masked by the projector screens, meaning that I couldn't effectively use both document camera and blackboards at the same time. Easy to use Easy to Use Easy to use and well-supported. Easy to use, and that's great! Everything went perfectly this semester and I did not have to call for any technical support from the Help Desk. Excellent classroom! Thanks! Generally easy to use. Occasional start-up glitches that are promptly fixed by ClassTech. generally good - wold apreciate having acc I am not a technology person, and I do have problems. As advised by ClassTech, the first step is to ask students who have a better understanding. It works often. I find it easy to use the equipment. I found everything really easy to use. I found it to be very easy! Thank you so much! I found them easy to use from the beginning. Have not needed help. Pretty natural and well explained at front. I had a lot of problems this semester with the GA 2207 classroom computer- particularly the non-Novell software for finding the K drive- it is not acceptable. I had so many problem with this room this year. The touch screen was very hard to activate. I made several calls about it and I think it was improved. I had a Class Tech room last summer that I loved. I love them I love using Class Tech rooms. One important element was missing from Caldwell G108, however. It was difficult to control the overhead lighting in this room. The overhead fluorescents were operated by 1 single switch. So you had full light, which tended to wash out the LCD projection, or inadequate light for the students to take notes. Lighting systems that are split work much better, allowing one to kill the lights nearest the screen, but give students reasonable light to work under. I should have tried to get Japanese language fonts to come up on the computers in the three classrooms, but it was not difficult to work around the problem. In the future it would be helpful. I was initially intimidated by the technology, but I gradually developed confidence in using it and by the end of the semester, I could make smooth transitions from one piece of equipment to another. I was quite satisfied with the equipment. The remote mouse was crucial. Thank you for adding that at the beginning of the semester. I was unable to generate sound using the in-classroom connections I wish the computer was more user friendly I would like the ability to have dual screens, where I run the clicker system (Turning Point) on one screen and the lectern computer on another screen. The current setup makes it very difficult to do anything with clicker questions that is not simply writing out a short question in the Powerpoint file. I would need a video player for my history of psych class where I show some old videos because they are historical. I don't need it at all for my research methods/stats class. In 532 POE if the previous user has turned stuff off, there is no placard or set of directions telling one how to get it running again. This is even somewhat a problem when the computer simply goes to sleep. Not sure if this is so in all classtech rooms, but wouldn't it be a simple thing to place a brief step-by-step placard prominently beside the master box telling how to get things up and running when we come into the room and everything is blank?? In the classroom I had, everything was easy to use. It was easy to use everything I wanted. It was relatively easy. It was very easy. It would be extremely helpful to me if it were possible to project on either of the two screens in the room rather than only the 'head-on' screen. It would be great if there was a general-purpose login we could use when we wanted to log in but not make our AFS space vulnerable in case we forgot to log out. It would be helpful to me if SPSS was installed on this computer. It would be nice if a video adapter for Mac computers was available. It would be nice if I could be notified when there has been an equipment change mid-semester so I can make sure to learn how to use the new equipment outside of class, rather than being caught off guard at the beginning of a class. It would be nice if there was an indication on the control console to let the novice user know that the second button from the bottom on the left is the "on" button ad must be pressed to wake up the display on the panel. It would be nice if there were more lab bench space to make room for class room demos. If the document camera could swing out from the bench when needed rather than always being in the way, this would help. It would be very cumbersome to drag a laptop to every class. Also, VHS would be okay to go away, IF the library would transfer the VHS tapes to DVD. Main difficulties encountered in Withers 135 and other Class Tech rooms include: laptop connection does not work properly (sometimes can hear sound but no image, other times neither); neither the in-room computer nor the dvd player will play zone 2 (European) dvds, which are crucial for my classes; in-room computer won't play mp4 files. No no concerns No problems once I got comfortable with the buttons, etc. Nope, the stuff I needed worked well. Normally using a ClassTech room is great, but not DAN 434. Hopefully it will be refurbished. Not difficult at all. Not really. I find them very easy to use. only with regard to wireless access for all students to be logged on simultaneously Overall the system is very user friendly Pretty intuitive Pretty straightforward to use Replacing the lecturn has helped significantly. The users on the weekend tend to leave the ClassTech system in disarray. More often than not, on Monday morning it would take twice as long to get ready for class, plugging things back in, logging off users, rebooting the computer, etc. Mabye make sure that those using it on the weekend know how to use the equipment, how to log off, etc. Riddick 315 seems to be the only room where the laptop vga has chronic problems. Also, the overhead projector has erratic colors which may be related to the laptop vga problem. Room lighting is suboptimal for LCD porjector display. I'd like to see some money spent to reorient the lights so front of room can be darkened more during PPT presentations while still providing enough light in the room for students to take notes. Sometimes the in-room computer is off when I start my lecture, and boot times are uncomfortably long if I forget to turn it on. Straightforward for the most part, though system sound is an issue at times in Witherspoon Cinema terrific The computer screen blocks the blackboard for students sitting near the front of the class. This needs to be fixed in several classrooms. The desktop computer often did not start in the beginning of the class, so I had to reboot it The GUI for the projector/audio system was not very user-friendly: in order to have access to the "room volume" buttons, I needed to turn the projectors on and start the screens to come down. In my class (introductory Calculus I), I did not need the screens/projectors; all I needed was the wireless lavalier. But without activating the projectors, I could only adjust "microphone gain", and *not* "room volume". I believe the audio system should be able to function independently without the video system. Also, if the previous instructor left the screens in the "on" position, and if I pushed the "system power off" button, it seemed like the screens would *not* turn off, even though a message said "system powering off / cooling down". I found that if the screens were left on, then I had to *first* turn each screen off individually, *then* push the "system power off" button. The podium computer monitor image would at least monthly move to one side, obscuring part of the interface, so that I had to look at the large projection screen to see where the cursor was positioned. The quality and reliability has improved dramatically over the past few years. More visible documentation would be nice. Example: it was two weeks into class before I was shown the "hidden by design" laptop cable this semester. The Technology Control Panel is easy to understand and dramatically improved functionality relative to previous years The VCR is absolutely necessary as long as the library only carries certain movies/documentaries in this format. I would prefer to use the computer in the classroom than to bring my laptop to class every session. There were two problems with the technology in SAS 2203: 1) The computer monitor blocks the view of part of the whiteboard. Please reinstall the monitor so that it can be folded down when not in use. I could not use one third of the whiteboards because of this. 2) The screens bock the whiteboards. If you could adjust the double screen so that only one of the two can be lowered. This way I could write on a whiteboard and project printed text at the same time. They are extremely easy to use. The universality and uniformity of the rooms is very helpful. Once you know how to use one, you know how to use them all. Helps to not have to relearn a room every semester. They seem very easy to use. I do need near 100% network uptime for this to work for me, which we had this semester, but which has been less reliable in the past. This room would be non-functional without the ClassTech applications. Training is available from classtech and once trained the rooms are easy to use. Using the equipment in a ClassTech room is extremely asy. The controls are intuitive and everything always seems to be great working order! Very easy to use Very easy to use. Very easy to use. Only problem was with Firefox connection to moodle website. Had to use internet explorer. Very easy. Very easy. Very good. Very important! very easy/simple to use Very intuitive to use worked smoothly Would like a "zoom" feature on the projector. It's hard to choose font sizes that are reasonable for some computer-based demonstrations. (E.g., logging in to remote machine, editing a file on the remote machine.)
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