The CLC is one of Grainger Halls most unique classroom designs. 2290 is the smaller portion of the overall room, and 2294 is a larger portion of the overall room. When the rooms are combined, they are sometimes referred to as 229X. This split is achieved with a divider wall and is accounted for in the programming of the AV system. Besides the ability to split the room, 2290 and 2294 both currently contain laptops for anyone to use should they wish to, and rather than a traditional single projection screen for all of the class to look at, due to the layout of the room, there are wall or stand mounted 55" monitors beside each table, each individual display is paired with one table. Because of these factors, the rooms AV touch panel is visually distinct from our more standard classrooms.
The following will be detailed information on the use of the AV touch panel that controls the CLC's AV system. The CLC has two podiums, one in 2290, and the other in 2294, and each one has an AV touch panel on top of it. When the rooms are combined (229X) the touch panels will both work for controlling the AV system in the same way and will mirror each other. When the room is divided, meaning the wall is up, the AV system will reflect this change by preventing someone in 2290 from altering the AV system in 2294. All buttons that pertain to the side of the room you are not in will be grayed out or no longer visible.
When the system is off, the touch panel will display a "Touch Here to Begin" screen. As with the rest of our classrooms, we do not use any passcodes or keys. When you touch the "Touch Here to Begin" button the system will begin to turn on, and after the warm up period of 10 to 20 seconds, you will be ready to make an input selection.
Once you have turned the system on by tapping the "Touch Here to Begin" button, and the system has warmed up, you will see this input selection screen:
At this point, you have the capability to projection information from a selection of devices. The Podium PCs (in this case, laptops), present in both sides of the room, the document camera, an HDMI connection, or one of the tables in either side of the room.
The three primary input sources are the Podium PC option, HDMI, and the Document Camera.
The Podium PC represent the laptops already present on the podiums on either side of the room. These laptops are already hooked up to the AV system in the room and you can sign into them using your Grainger Credentials, or your NetID credentials (NetID@wisc.edu username, NetID password).
HDMI is for a loose HDMI cable that is present on the podiums, these cables come with a number of adapters for you to use as needed. Simply plug in your personal device to this cable, and select the HDMI option to display.
Document Camera is for the doc cam that also sits on top of the podium on both sides of the room. Simply lift the doc cam and it will turn on, the select it on the inputs page.
As you'll notice on the main page image above, there are two sets of these buttons when the room is combined, one for the 2290 podium, and the other for the 2294 podium. You'll need to select the option that matches the side of the room you are on. When the room is split, you will only see one set of these options.
Table Breakout is another input source, though it does not function the same as the others. At each table in the CLC, on both sides, is an HDMI cable coming out of the center of the table. This HDMI cable can be plugged into any of the laptops already in the room, or a personal device. When they plug this cable in, nothing will happen immediately. However once Table Breakout is selected, whatever is plugged in will be displayed on the tables paired monitor. If nothing is plugged in, the monitor will display a page asking for the HDMI cable to be plugged in. The concept being that you can split out your tables into groups, and they can have their own monitor to all work off of.
Lastly, we have the button map itself.
The Button Map here contains buttons for each individual table in the CLC. The layout of the room is provided alongside the locations of the podiums so you can more easily figure out which table is which. Additionally, each tables 55" monitor has the number of the table on it.
When one of the individually numbered table buttons is pressed, whatever is plugged into the HDMI cable present at that table will be displayed across the room on all of the monitors. In this way, if a student has done something worth showing off to the rest of the class or using as an example, you can have them plug into the HDMI cable, press the button for their table, and now all of the class can see their work and go through it together.
Audio controls for the CLC microphones can be found in the top right corner of the touch panel, audio controls for the volume of your selected input can be found in the bottom right corner of the touch panel.
Pres the up or down arrows to raise or lower the volume levels, or press the mute buttons for either sound type bring the volume down to zero until you press the mute button again to unmute. Note: If you mute your microphone here, it will not mute the microphone for a web-conference if you are using it in one. See Mute Outgoing below for more details.
Along the bottom of the AV touch panel are additional controls.
|The Lights button will bring up an additional menu where you can turn on or off the lights in the room. This would primarily be used for if you intend to show a longer video and would like the lights off for it. It prevents you from having to walk all the way across the room to the door, where the physical light switch lives, to turn off the lights.|
|Mute Outgoing will mute the audio going on to remote participants if you are doing a Zoom or other Web Conference Application call on the Podium Computer without muting the in room voice amplification. The lapel mic in either side of the room will feed into that rooms podium computer for the purpose of a web-conference.|
|Picture Mute does as its name describes, upon press it will blank all of the displays in the CLC or on your side of the CLC if the room is split. Pressing the button again will undo the picture mute and everything will come back. You would use this if you wanted to do/setup a few things that you didn't not want students/people in the room to see.|