Posted 10.14.05Ever wondered about all the technology we have at the Peter B. Lewis Building?
Did you know that in 2002, the Weatherhead School of Management went from a school that used blackboards and overhead projectors to a school that is one of the most technically advanced learning environments in the world?
We have approximately $3.5 million of A/V technology in use at the School, including:
- Ten multimedia classrooms outfitted with racks of equipment including a computer, DVD player, VCR, external video and audio inputs, audio amplifiers, wireless microphones, hearing assistance devices, and more. Each classroom has a teaching station (TS) which is the central control point for faculty. All room functions from lighting, to source selection can be controlled from the station using a 15” touch panel display. The TS has electronic controls for height adjustments, is connected to a digital document camera, and has external connections for a laptop and network.
- Nine seminar and meeting rooms with built-in projectors, screens, and network and connection capability for a variety of A/V and PC equipment.
- One classroom with distance learning/video conferencing capabilities. We can conduct both H323 (IP) and H320 (ISDN) based calls. Both point to point and multipoint calling is supported. We use three cameras, two for student positions, and one “follow me” camera for the instructor. Another multimedia classroom is scheduled for upgrade to distance learning/video conferencing this fiscal year. In addition, we have a portable unit that can be used anywhere in the building.
- An entire build-out of our production systems for classroom and faculty support, including computer-based avid nonlinear editing, Cannon XL1 and Panasonic DVC Pro camera equipment, teleprompter, CD and DVD creation and duplication, encoding Services, and digital photography.
- Creating historical archives of audio, video and photographic assets; implementing “Infoboard” messaging board software; and installing 42” plasma displays as main student messaging system.
We also introduced streaming audio and video capabilities to the classroom so that faculty can request digital audio or video recording. Classes are recorded and encoded in real-time and then files are posted for streaming to the class Blackboard site.
For our Saturday MBA program, we use a Virage Video Logger system. This creates a searchable index of the class which is then saved to our media library site. And, we are also able to conduct live “interactive” event web casting of special events. These files are also made available as video as demand files after the event concludes.
We're always looking for ways to continuously improve our technology capabilities to better serve our students and faculty. If you ever have any questions about equipment or capabilities, please contact George Klippel, Manager of Classroom Technology and Facilities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.368.2154.