Site Accessibility Statement
Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 22, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Training Materials and Technical Walkthroughs



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The Active Learning Classroom is a brand new space at Laurier where students can utilize the most advanced educational technologies to create a truly unique learning experience. The Active Learning Classroom promotes collaboration, engagement, and an interactive, small class environment outside of the traditional lecture model. 


 Instructor Console Diagram
 Student Console Diagram
Student Table Cable Diagram
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The Active Learning Classroom is a unique space at Laurier and instructors can help maintain it for the entire Laurier community with only three simple steps:

  1. No food or drink in the classroom
  2. Lock the door after all students have left the room.
  3. Turn off all projectors and laptops  Not only does this help reduce heat build up, but it also minimizes technical problems by allowing the technology to reset itself between classes.

Please report any problems or concerns with the Active Learning classroom as soon as they arise.

The most common solution to technical problems in the Active Learning Classrooms is to restart all projectors and laptops. 

Access

The Active Learning Classroom is controlled by OneCard swipe access. Instructors who are scheduled to teach in the Active Learning Classroom have had their card numbers added to the system. Users who have booked the Active Learning Classroom on an ad hoc basis can pick up temporary swipe access keys from Teaching Support Services (Please inquire at the Online Learning Desk in room R294 at 202 Regina and present a valid booking confirmation form.). In cases of emergency, the Dean of Arts Office (DAWB 5-106) can provide access to the Active Learning Classroom. Access requests and issues can be reported to myclassroom@wlu.ca


Networking and Connections


Network: Eduroam or Laurier Wireless

Login and password: Personal Novell credentials as with any other wireless network on campus

Use: . This will connect a user to the Internet.

Note: Please avoid using the unsecured 'laurierwifi' network. Both 'Eduroam' or Laurierwireless' provide better speed and service, as well as providing enhanced security.
How do I connect my personal laptop?

Plug the laptop into the VGA connection cord running from each console. Press the VGA input button on the table console.

Please note, VGA connections do not carry audio. Audio will still play through the device’s speakers. Applications which require audio to play to the entire classroom should be run on the laptops provided at each table or by disconnecting the table laptop's HDMI cable and plugging it into your personal device.

Can I connect my Apple devices?

To connect your Apple device to a hardwired VGA connection, please remember to bring your Apple adapter. Once you plug it in, press the VGA input button on the table console. Please note, VGA connections do not carry audio, so it will not be sent through this type of connection. Audio will still play through the device’s speakers. Applications which require audio to play to the entire classroom should be run on the laptops provided at each desk.



 
Projectors and Consoles

Each table has a number and a corresponding colour so instructors can more easily identify which projectors to switch to on the instructor console. Table numbers and colours are displayed on the desktop of each laptop in the room.

Buttons #1 – #5
correspond with the colour-coded round table projectors
The HDMI Button corresponds to the instructor podium laptop’s projector display.
Button #6 toggles between allowing student tables to project independently and the instructor pushing the same content to all screens


How do I turn all of the projectors on or off?

There are six projectors in the Active Learning Classroom: one at each student table and one at the instructor’s podium. Each student table, as well as the instructor’s podium has a switching console on it with an on/off button for that table’s projector. The laptop at each table must also be on for the projector to work.

Please turn off all projectors at the end of class.  

How do I project one image on all projectors?

From the instructor’s console, press the numbered, colour coded button of the table you would like to project across the room. To project the instructor console, press HDMI. Press the clear #6  button in the right bottom row of the console to put that table’s image on all projectors. Press it again to return control of each projector to each table. 

How do I allow each table to project its own independent image?

Press the clear #6 button in the right bottom row of the instructor’s console. It toggles between instructor-pushed content and individual table projector content. Press it to return control of each projector to the individual tables.

What should I do if a student table projector isn't working?

  1. Ensure that the student table console is set to HDMI
  2. Check the connections on the student table laptop. There should be a power cable, HDMI connection, and a USB cable plugged in. The VGA connection cannot be plugged in to the table laptop and will either be unused or connected to a student’s personal laptop.
  3. Restart the computer and the projector.
What do I do if the interactive whiteboard pens are not working?

  1. Ensure that each table is projecting the image from its own laptop and that the instructor console is not pushing the same content to all projectors.
  2. Use the table laptop to work with the interactive whiteboards instead of a personal laptop.
  3. Ensure that the student table console is set to HDMI
  4. Check the connections on the student table laptop. There should be a power cable, HDMI connection, and a USB cable plugged in.
  5. Check the batteries in the pens. A green light will turn on for a few seconds when the pen is turned on. ITS can be contacted for additional batteries and will be monitoring them.
  6. Restart the computer and the projector.
 
Audio and Video

Audio levels are set on all of the computers and projectors so that the master audio controls are on each student table's switching console as well as the instructor's console. Users are encouraged to make all volume adjustments using the controls on the switching consoles, and not to use the projector or computer volumes.

If you are experiencing audio problems, please be aware of and check the following volume controls:

1. Computer volume: There will be a volume icon in the lower right corner of the toolbar. Ensure that this is turned up

2. Projector volume: The audio in the Active Learning Classroom runs through each projector. The projector volumes have been pre-set and should not need to be adjusted, however, they can be controlled with the grey remote control found in the instructos console.

3. Console volume: Ensure that the volume knob on the console is turned up. This should be the only volume that users should have to adjust.

What if the audio echoes?

Instructors should ask students to turn down or turn off the volume knob on their table console so that only the instructor's projector is audible. Control the audio through the instructor's console volume knob or computer volume control (in the lower right menu bar).

When all projectors are playing the same audio at a high volume, there is an echo because of the delay between the six projectors.


How do I play a DVD in the Active Learning Classroom?

If you want to play the movie on the front projector only, insert the DVD into the instructor console laptop (the button is small and you may have to lift the side of the laptop up to be able to see it). Select HDMI input on the instructor console. The movie will now be playing on the instructor’s screen. Use the #6 button at the bottom right of the instructor console to toggle the instructor’s projector off of the other screens. The audio control knobs in the student table consoles should all be turned low or off best audio output.

 If you want to play the movie on all projectors, insert the DVD into the instructor console laptop (the button is small and you may have to lift the side of the laptop up to be able to see it). Select HDMI input on the instructor console. The movie will now be playing on the instructor’s screen. Use the #6 button at the bottom right of the instructor console to toggle the instructor’s projector off of the other screens. This can cause an echo in the room because of sound delay between projectors streaming the same audio. The audio control knobs in the student table consoles should all be turned low or off best audio output.

 
Software and Interactive Whiteboards

The Active Learning Classroom features six projectors and five interactive whiteboards which makes for a truly unique learning experience. The interactive software in the Active Learning Classroom is called TeamBoard Draw and TeamBoard Annotate, both of which allow intuitive and fluid interaction with the images being projected and promote teamwork in the classroom.

How do I get more batteries for the interactive pens?

When the pen is turned on, it will light up green for a few seconds and then go off. If the green light does not come on, the batteries are dead.

Extra batteries are available from ITS and can be picked up at the ITS offices in either BA304 or P1035. To report dead batteries, please contact myclassroom@wlu.ca and/or the ITS HelpDesk


The interactive whiteboard pens aren't working!

  1. Ensure that students are using the provided laptop and that the input button the student console is set to HDMI.
  2. Ensure that the house laptop has the following connections plugged in: power cord, USB cable, HDMI cable. The VGA cable should not be plugged into the provided laptop.
  3. Ensure that the instructor has allowed each student table to project its own content and that in the instructor is not pushing the same content to all tables.
  4. Restart the computer and projector. This takes about one minute and resolves most issues.
Can I download the interactive software to practice with?

Yes, there are two software downloads available:

TeamBoard

Teamboard is the standard interactive software tool used in the Active Learning Classroom. It can be used with a regular computer to practice and prepare for class.

Download TeamBoard Draw for OSX or Windows

Watch the TeamBoard Draw and TeamBoard Annotate Training Video

View TeamBoard Draw tips

Epson Easy Interactive Tools

Epson supplies interactive software with its interactive projectors. This software is available in the Active Learning Classroom, though TeamBoard is the default interactive software.

Download Epson's Easy Interactive Tools

Training Materials and FAQ's from Epson

 
How do I report problems or give feedback?

Technical problems should be reported to the ITS HelpDesk (x4357) and myclassroom@wlu.ca.

Feedback is always welcome and an online feedback tool be being developed. In the interim, please direct feedback to myclassroom@wlu.ca

 
Training Sessions

Check back for infomation about sessions in over the Spring and Summer terms. Please contact Michael Daly (mdaly@wlu.ca) to schedule a one-on-one training time.