As learning and collaboration technologies evolve at an ever-increasing pace, it is important to have a flexible, cost-effective and robust framework for equipping classrooms that supports the Academic Strategic Plan and allows for future change and expansion. The systems implemented need to be consistent, reliable, secure, flexible, easy to use and easy to support. While each system varies in complexity — and the amount of technology installed corresponds to the classroom type, location and use — all fit a standard implementation model. To that end, the following outlines the major components and feature sets for systems implemented at Syracuse University.

Learning Technology Infrastructure and Connectivity

The supporting infrastructure is the backbone of the learning technology system. An end-to-end digital system utilizing Category 6a cable as the transport medium, which allows for easy installation and quick upgrades. It also has the ability to support higher resolution video as technology improves. The current standard calls for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliant systems with High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) input. The primary standard for connecting to the learning technology system is HDMI. This industry standard allows for audio and video to travel over a single cable. Consolidated hardware that includes switch, control processor and amplifier are preferred.

Teaching Station

The goal of the teaching station is to provide the instructor with an accessible, adjustable and easy to use platform to enhance lectures. The standard teaching station is height-adjustable and able to be repositioned in a well-defined area. User-accessible equipment is arranged on top of the station or under-mounted in appropriate locations.

Accessibility

The accessibility of learning technology systems is of utmost importance. Accessibility features are installed proactively and not as an afterthought.

Display Devices

The number of display devices and sizing are based on the room layout and capacity. Larger venues typically have projection-based systems while smaller rooms utilize Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors.

Audio and Video Capture

With the increased need for online content, lecture reinforcement and real-time, online learning, technology to support these activities is critical.

Audio Playback

The type of audio playback system is based on the room type and instruction need. All audio is also available on the Assistive Listening System.

User Devices

The number and type of user-accessible devices for displaying content are based on the room type and typical use.

Training

Provide training for students, faculty and staff on the use of learning technology installed in the classroom.

Security

The learning technology systems implemented today are computer-driven and network-connected. They need to be secured like any other computing device on campus. A standard set of protocols and procedures needs to be followed.

Lifecycle

The typical lifecycle for the learning technology system is seven years. The lifecycle of individual components will be evaluated based on need, usage, maintenance costs and warranty. Individual components may be replaced at varying cycles according to this evaluation.

Management

The ease of management is critical when dealing with large numbers of learning technology systems. Remote monitoring and control of systems is important for a diverse and widely distributed classroom pool. It allows for scheduled shutdowns and checking on system health as well as providing operational statistics.

Submitting Comments and Questions

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