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Classroom Technology

Hope College will be conducting many classes in an online or hybrid capacity this fall. We want to get you the tools you need to make high-quality instruction easy and convenient.

In-Person Tours and Practice

Starting Monday, August 10, the classrooms will be ready to go for you to practice in. As always, if you're coming to campus, make sure you've done the required prerequisite health screening forms!

 

Classroom Equipment

All Classrooms

Every classroom has, up until this point, been equipped with:

  • A classroom desktop computer
  • An HDMI input to display your own device
  • A projector
  • Speakers
  • An Extron control panel to start and control the projector and speakers
  • A physical media player (VHS/DVD player)

Beginning this fall, all classrooms will additionally be equipped with an HD Webcam. This can be repositioned to point towards the speaker, whiteboard or classroom participants. Including this camera will allow you to join a Google Meet logo Google Meet or Zoom logo Zoom call and be both seen and heard. For medium- to large-sized classrooms, there will also be an additional USB Microphone on the cart that will better pick up sounds around a larger room. Sound from the computer (including audio from the Google Meet or Zoom call) will come out of the classroom speakers.

Classrooms with In-Room Voice Amplification

About 10 rooms on campus currently have an in-room microphone system. We have tested many solutions for simultaneously sending your voice to a Google Meet or Zoom call as well as in-room amplification systems. We are very happy with the Samson XPD2 wearable microphone and receiver, and plan on distributing a set to every faculty member who plans on teaching in these spaces.

This microphone is worn around the head and is very comfortable over long periods of time, with or without a face mask. It is connected to a belt pack which wirelessly transmits to a USB receiver. This receiver acts as the microphone for your Google Meet or Zoom call. Additionally, the USB receiver has a 3.5mm output jack that you can connect to the room's Extron system to send your audio out to the speakers.

Contact CIT if you believe this solution may work for you 

Video Call Software

After getting comfortable with the hardware that each classroom will be equipped with, you will want to schedule a recurring Google Meet logo Google Meet or Zoom logo Zoom call. Either platform will do, but we suggest using Google Meet unless you need a specific feature that only Zoom provides. Contact CIT if you'd like more assistance choosing the right platform for you.

See the Google Meet to Zoom Comparison Chart Once you've made a scheduled event in the platform of your choice, you can then distribute that link to your students via Moodle or other means. We recommend posting the link to your scheduled event as a Resource in your Moodle class. You may also want to consider using the Moodle Announcements forum to email information your students.

Recording Class

You will likely want to create recordings of your class time this fall, in case a student is unable to make the scheduled meeting time. Both Google Meet and Zoom have built-in recording capabilities.

With Google Meet, recordings are saved as video files right to the event organizer's Google Drive.

With Zoom, you have the option to save your video recordings to the local computer or to the Cloud Recordings section in your Zoom profile. Zoom Cloud Recordings tend to be lower quality, but offer the trade-off of optional transcripts. We recommend you enable these audio transcriptions before your first Zoom meeting. We also recommend that you upload and share these videos via your 1Hope Account's Google Drive.

With both options, you don't necessarily have to have another participant in the call in order to begin recording. The easiest way to create a recording of your class is to create a new call in the tool of your choice, then simply begin recording, even if nobody else is in the call with you.

See more options for recording your screen 

Closed Captioning

Captions enhance comprehension of material for all participants in class. We highly recommend you enable them for your call.

With Google Meet, real-time captions are automatically available to every participant in the call.

With Zoom, real-time captions are not available. We have found the easiest way to offer captions with Zoom is to present your lecture slides via Google Slides, share your screen to the Zoom call, and turn on Google Slides' real-time captioning. If using Cloud Recordings, we also recommend you enable audio transcriptions in your Zoom profile settings before your first Zoom meeting.

No matter which method you use to create your video, when it's uploaded to Google Drive, you have the option to also upload captions to display alongside your video content.

Learn more about faculty and staff resources for captioning from Disability and Accessibility Resources