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Technology Classroom Installation Standards

 


Documentation:

The iDesign-Classroom (formerly CTec) group of technicians are supervised through WVU’s Academic Innovation (AI) Teaching & Learning Commons unit. iDesign-Classroom supports technology in specified “general purpose” classrooms, centrally scheduled through Facilities Scheduling. As such, our staff works with faculty in a variety of academic departments to provide training, troubleshooting, equipment maintenance, and system support for these facilities. iDesign-Classroom staff are also available for consultation with university-wide instructional technology installations.

In order to outline standards for instructional technology facilities at WVU, iDesign-Classroom and the Classroom Renovations Committee have developed the following reference material for creating new or renovating existing facilities into technology classrooms. This documentation is used to promote a university-wide standard for system functionality commonly requested by users, as well as technology and audio-visual (AV) equipment and installation techniques that have provided a good record of maintenance and performance. These are updated often, based on experience with past installations, on-going classroom maintenance, and feedback from WVU administration, faculty, and staff.

Introductory Document to WVU TCC&IG (.PDF) Reference for Architects, Contractors, Project Managers, Classroom Consultants, AV Designers, and AV Installers
WVU Technology Classroom Configuration & Implementation Guidelines (.PDF) full document
Reference for Architects, Contractors, Project Managers, Classroom Consultants, AV Designers, and AV Installers
Additional Diagrams and Installation Detail for TCC&IG document (.PDF)
Reference for Architects, Contractors, Project Managers, Classroom Consultants, AV Designers, and AV Installers
AMX Requirements Document (.PDF) Reference for Classroom Consultants, AV Designers, and AV Installers
WVU CTec Construction Rules of Thumb (.PDF) Reference for Architects, Contractors, Project Managers, Classroom Consultants
Example Scope of Work for General Contractor Renovation (.PDF) Reference for Architects, Contractors, Project Managers, Classroom Consultants
WVU Design Guidelines & Construction Standards Reference for Project Managers (especially Division 10)

The updated version of the WVU Technology Classroom Configuration and Implementation Guidelines (.PDF) document should be used as a guide to renovate or build new iDesign-Classroom supported classrooms. The one-page Introductory Document (.PDF) provides a summary of background information. An AMX Requirements Document (.PDF) sets the visual and functional requirements for the control system touchpanel interface. Also, the Classroom Technology Construction Rules of Thumb (.PDF) document as well as an Example Scope of Work for General Contractor Renovation (.PDF) document is now online. These may be updated at any time, so please come back to this web page for the latest revisions. For departments that still adhere to older analog system standards, a copy has been archived here.

Refined over the years, these standards are being used for WVU general purpose classroom renovations, but may change to accommodate future functionality needs and technology equipment evolution at any time without notice. There are example equipment lists and sample diagrams provided, however if you have a specific classroom installation in mind please contact iDesign-Classroom so that a definitive system with specific attributes can be chosen and the appropriate equipment list and diagrams can be selected for the project. Also, please note that iDesign-Classroom does not provide installation or support services to all WVU departments. Facilities supported by iDesign-Classroom are defined as ‘General Purpose Classrooms’ and approved by the Provost’s Office.

Good installations depend on a thorough understanding of the users’ needs. By receiving input from the end-users of the facility, the Classroom Advisory Committee, and the Classroom Renovations Committee, we gather information on which needs should be addressed with more attention and which can be reduced, thus increasing efficiency of time and cost. As well, coordination between the Audiovisual (AV) vendor and Facilities Management is essential so that conduit, power, and structural accommodations are in place at the time of installation.


Other Amenities:

In addition to items listed above, iDesign-Classroom provides other “extras” in order to facilitate classroom ease of use, as well as increase security and support functions.

  • An "extended desktop" secondary computer monitor for dual-projector classrooms to allow multiple applications to run full-screen.
  • Security cables with metal clips and locks to protect against equipment tampering and theft.
  • Spare battery box located inside the lectern for guard against dead wireless microphones left on by previous users. (This is only a guard measure; This does not guarantee fresh batteries for every class.)
  • A telephone installed in each lectern to allow the instructor to quickly contact various support services such as the iDesign-Classroom group, Facilities Management, and WVU Police.


Classroom Categories:

Current technology equipment installations may vary around campus. Although many rooms are designed with specific applications in mind, most installations can be categorized into four sections.

  • A ‘Basic‘ level classroom facility may have a very basic level of technology equipment, such as a projector and an input panel. Note: It has been requested that over the next few years, all existing and future Basic classrooms also incorporate a networked computer into the installation.
  • A ‘Standard‘ level classroom facility will have additional equipment, such as a document camera, computer, touchpanel control system, and audio/mic system to meet iDesign-Classroom specifications (see documentation at top of page).
  • A 'Computer Lab' level classroom facility will have the amenities of a Standard Classroom, plus have computers available for the student (audience) desks.
  • A ‘Collaborative‘ level classroom facility will have the amenities of a Computer Lab Classroom, plus have instructional spaces designed for small student groups to connect laptops and give small group presentations to the audience.
  • ‘Distance Learning’ services and facilities are beyond the scope of iDesign-Classroom, but have provisions through units such as Extended Learning, University Libraries, Teaching & Learning Technologies Center, and Health Sciences’ ITS group. These groups feature distance learning connectivity codecs, separated speech/sound systems with audio processing and echo cancellation, as well as instructor and student cameras.

AudioVisual Matrix:

An instructional technology classrooms’ components may have equipment different than others, typically based on the size and shape of the classroom and usually categorized by seating capacity. Although exceptions occur, general needs have been estimated by system component, approved by the Provost’s Office, and are shown below.

Classroom Audiovisual Matrix:
System Components 200 Seat Standard 100 Seat Standard 60 Seat Standard 35 Seat Standard
Dual Motorized Projection Screens *
X
X
X
X
Two Ceiling Mounted Projectors w/ spare lamps *
X
X
X

Projector Lift – one per projector for maintenance access on ground**
X
Flat Panel Display(s) – for added visual support in audience**
X
Access to Flat Panel Display(s) – for the visually impaired
X
X
X
X
High Resolution Digital Document Camera
X
X
X
X
Fixed Instructor’s Computer w/ wired keyboard, mouse, wireless presenter
X
X
X
X
Auxiliary Input Panel for laptop and audio-visual connectivity
X
X
X
X
Auxiliary Input Panel for microphone connectivity
X
X
X
X
Gooseneck Microphone at Lectern
X
X
X
X
Wireless Lapel Microphone system
X
X
X
Wireless Handheld Microphone system
X
X
Second Wireless Handheld Microphone system
X
Distributed Combined Sound & Speech Reinforcement System
X
X
X
X
Distributed Sound System for Program Audio Only
ADA Hearing Assist System Connectivity – for hearing impaired
X
X
X
X
ADA Visual Assist System Connectivity – for visually impaired
X
X
X
X
Interactive Pen Display (Smart Sympodium)
X
X
X
X
Centralized Control System w/ touchpanel interface
X
X
X
X
Auxiliary Input Panel for portable equipment
X
X
X
X

* Two screens & projectors in all standard classrooms where sight lines and instructional space allow

** Depends on ceiling height, tiered flooring, and other accessibility/safety issues

 

Please contact the iDesign-Classroom group to request additional information or to answer specific questions you may have about a classroom installation. For information on technology equipment for teaching, please see our equipment instructional use training material.