Classrooms at Illinois State will be fitted with webcams, document cameras, and microphones before the start of the Fall 2020 semester. This will allow instructors to record lectures and allow, at the instructor's discretion, students to attend a face-to-face class remotely.
This extensive project will take most of the summer to complete. A few rooms will be completed early enough to be used as practice spaces for instructors.
Dr. Doug Smith, director of Illinois State's Learning Spaces and Audio/Visual Technologies, demonstrates what instructors, students in the classroom, and students attending class remotely can expect to see.
Most classrooms will feature a fixed webcam/microphone at the instructor station. This option eliminates the need to constantly disinfect handheld or lavalier microphones.
In addition, all classrooms will have a document camera tied into the instructor station computer, allowing it to be selected in Zoom.
In addition, about 45 teaching spaces on campus will have special tracking cameras, which can follow the instructor from the lecture station to a demonstration area or whiteboard.
See the current list of planned tracking camera rooms.
As this project develops, more information on operating classroom media equipment will be made available. Watch the Redbirds Keep Teaching page and your campus email for updates.