AT - Learning Commons Technology: Finance and Analytics Lab (FAL)

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About the Finance and Analytics Lab (FAL):

This is a technology-rich space that provides students and instructors with the necessary hardware, software, and dataset access to do market analysis. The lab seats 45 students - a number that we identified as a pinch-point for our Collaborative Learning Classroom. The furniture and technology are configured to facilitate small group work and for instructors to employ a variety of active teaching methodologies.

Room Characteristics:

Student Tables: The FAL has 45-seat distributed in nine tables for five students each. The single station at the end of each table (aka ‘end-cap’) has Bloomberg Terminal installed. You can tell by the use of the dual-display and the proprietary (multi-colored) keyboard. Bloomberg is only installed on these end-cap machines in the lab. Aside from this, all other computers in the tables have the same software.

Instructor Lectern: The lectern is the instructor's station located near the entrance of the room. It has the controls to set the AV in the room the way your teaching style requires. The podium can be move by request to 4 different position in the room and contains the following equipment:

  • Control panel (AMX) to select input and output of data such video and audio to the different room displays and room speakers
  • Windows 10 computer with CD/DVD driver
  • Dual display computer monitors for duplicate or extended display
  • Wireless lapel microphone
  • Wireless clicker
  • Wireless connection to any monitor in the room
Video Call Pole Computer (For videoconferencing):
The Pole Computer is located on the far right-hand wall of the room-the same wall that holds the two large classroom monitors. This station has the capability to make Skype calls, conference calls, or other forms of online conferencing. The following equipment will be available to you at this station:
  • Windows 10 computer
  • Webcam located at the top of the large main monitors
  • Room installed USB microphones
  • Connection for a portable device using HDMI(?) 

What can you do in this rooms with AV?

  • Display content from the room’s Windows-based instructor computer located on the movable lectern. We recommend that you use this workstation whenever possible. A secondary computer can be found on the corner pole.

  • Wirelessly display your or your students AV content from any portable device like a laptop, tablet, or cell phone

  • Display the content from any table’s end-cap computer to the entire room.

Active and Collaborative Learning in the FAL

The lab has been designed for instructors to engage students in active and collaborative learning. The Educational Innovations Team is happy to talk with you about different ways to use the lab for such learning. Contact Chris Dakes (chris.dakes@wisc.edu) to set up time to meet.

It would be to your advantage to consider how student learning is impacted in this room and to get some ideas for designing learning activities. The consultation with the Educational Innovations Team is a good place to start, but there are other resources that can be very helpful.

  • Baepler, Paul Michel. A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice. Stylus Publishing, 2016. – The Wisconsin School of Business and the campus-at-large has used this text for an instructor’s book club to discuss active and collaborative learning.

  • “Teaching in an Active Learning Classroom (ALC).” Active Learning | Center for Educational Innovation, cei.umn.edu/teaching-active-learning-classroom-alc. – A great online resource for instructors.

Room Setup

In the morning, the default setup for the room will be as seen in the photo. Throughout the day, this setup may vary depending on use. It is the responsibility of the instructor and students to set up the room as needed for the class instruction. This will include logging in and out of the computers.


Room Setup


  1. Room lights will be on at 100%. You may dim the lights as needed using the settings on the light control switch by the double-door.

  2. All computers and displays (table and wall-mounted) will be powered on.

  3. You may ask your students to recess the monitor, keyboard, and mouse into the table if you elect not to use them. Please note the proper procedure for stowing the monitor, keyboard, and mouse in the next section.


Raising and Lowering the Table Equipment


Each table has a pair of monitors, keyboards, and mice that can be safely stowed in a garage beneath the table. Use the controls just under the table top to raise and lower these items.

IMPORTANT: Only one side of each table can be raised and lowered at a time. My table partner can’t raise her monitor until I’m done raising mine. Students will need to be patient with this process and take turns. Additionally, make sure to hold the keyboard when removing it or placing it back into the compartment so as to avoid it falling into the gap between the compartment and the desk. If it does slip, simply lower the compartment until it becomes loose


monitor raise and lower buttons

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Logging on to computers

Each student computer requires the user to enter his/her NetID and password. It will take a moment for the computer to log in so we recommend that the students do this as soon as they are seated at the table.


Instructors at the podium will use their WSB ID and password so that they may access folders and files that are hosted on the WSB network.


Operating the Lectern Control Panel:
Upon entering the room, the control panel displays a black screen. To wake it up, simply touch the panel lightly. Touch the panel again to get to the controls for the room’s audio and displays.


To display content from the Windows-based computer at the lectern:

  1. On the control panel make sure that the settings are set to Instructor under the Input Mode column and Lectern Computer on the table layout. The selected setting should become white when selected.
  2. Login to the computer by clicking CTRL + ALT + DELETE and typing in your username and password. 
  3. What appears on your computer screen
  4.  will then appear on each of the wall-mounted displays in the room. 
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To display content from the Windows-based computer at the end-cap of each table to the wall-mounted displays of that table:
  1. On the control panel, make sure that the settings are set to Student under the Input Mode column and Computer under the Monitor column.
  2. What appears on the end-cap computer’s screen will then also appear on the wall displays for that table.
  3. If you want to share that table’s work with the rest of the room, select Instructor and then press the corresponding table number in the right-hand diagram.
  4. To wirelessly display content from a laptop:
  5. This room also has the capability of displaying content through a wireless connection to a laptop or other Android/Windows/iOS based device. 
  6. To do this as an instructor, the control panel must be set at Student on the Input Mode column and Wireless Video under the Monitor column.
  7. The wall-mounted displays will then change screens that contain an IP address. Enter this IP# into a browser and follow instructions to download/utilize the necessary software. (See ‘How to install and use the Mersive client)
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To connect to a video conference call:

  • To connect to a video conference call through Skype, Ultra, or any other medium, make sure the control panel is set to Instructor on the Input Mode column and Pole PC on the table layout. 
  • Login to the Pole PC by clicking CTRL + ALT + DELETE and inputting your WSB ID. 
  • Login to the desired medium and begin call. Remember all controls over sound will still be located at the podium computer. 

To give control to individual monitors:
  • This room also gives you access to display multiple forms of information on separate monitors. 
  • You can have one monitor displaying information from the podium computer, and have one off. Or you can display information through a wireless device and through the podium computer. Regardless of what you choose to do, simply follow the above steps for your desired form of connection.
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One thing to note is that this room does not have the capability to visually mute one monitor at a time. To mute all monitors, click Video Mute on the Monitor column. When it has been correctly pressed, the Mute button will turn yellow and the text black. Regardless of whether you’re in Student or Instructor mode, the monitors will now be muted.

Audio

audio control selection


By default, the audio in the FAL plays through the room speakers in the ceiling. There is a lavaliere microphone in the podium if a speaker requires voice amplification.


The control panel has three different options for controlling volume. The two on the left-hand side are the controls for volume produced at the podium. This includes the Mic and the Lectern’s computer (be it a wirelessly connected laptop/alternative device or the actual Windows based desktop).


On the right-hand side is a volume control button called Monitor Volume (All Monitors). By default the audio is turned all the way down since you will typically use the room speakers or individual headphones for instruction.


How to Use the Wireless Mic in the FAL

If touch panel is black, press on the screen to wake it up. Touch once more to get to controls. 

A wireless microphone can be found inside of the lectern. Remove the mic pack from the cradle and turn the power button ON. A green light will indicate that it is working. 

Clip the mic just above your sternum and use the Mic level on the touch panel to adjust the ceiling speaker volume. If you get feedback over the speakers, lower the clip on your shirt until the feedback goes away.

When done, turn the mic off and return it to the cradle in the podium.

Troubleshooting
If no audio is coming from the ceiling speakers, make sure that the microphone's MUTE button has not been pressed. It would be yellow if it had been.

Check the battery level on the mic pack itself. If it is low, ask the front desk attendant for new batteries.

Contact ATW if an audio problem persists.

At the end of class:


Make sure that you and your students log out of the computers at the tables, and make sure you have turned off the system on the AMX panel. To do so, you must click "Turn System Off" and then "Yes Shutdown."




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Keywords:Learning Commons, Technology, Finance and Analytics Lab, FAL   Doc ID:83557
Owner:Billy K.Group:Wisconsin School of Business
Created:2018-07-11 11:02 CDTUpdated:2018-10-26 12:28 CDT
Sites:Wisconsin School of Business
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