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About the UCT classroom

UCT classroom

UCT classrooms are flexible

Many of UCT’s centrally-bookable classrooms adhere to an agreed standard in terms of physical environment, audio-visual and information technology (AV/IT). This provides a flexible teaching environment which caters for a range of teaching aids. From laptops to tablets, transparencies, DVDs and even the traditional chalkboard, the classroom environment is flexible enough to accommodate your needs.

What is available in the classroom?

Equipment varies from classroom to classroom, but most centrally-bookable classrooms include the following items:

  • Computer with CD/DVD player
  • Data projector(s)
  • Document camera
  • Retractable screen(s)
  • Chalkboard/whiteboard
  • Microphone
  • Lecture recording facilities
  • Flexible lighting options
  • Roll up window blinds

For a precise list of what's available in each classroom, visit the classroom information database.

Equipment may vary from classroom to classroom. If you need something specific for your lecture:

  1. Check the Classroom information database to find out what equipment your classroom already has.
  2. If you need additional items, fill out the CSS request form and send it to icts-css@uct.ac.za.
    (Please fill out the form using Adobe Reader. Do not fill it out in your web browser.)

WARNING:
Please submit your request at least 48 hours before the lecture or event.

Where can I find instructions on how to use the equipment?

General instructions are provided below. However, there may be some variations between classrooms. For the most accurate instructions for each classroom, consult the instruction sheet on the lectern.

Classroom information database

Search the classroom information database for the venue you’ll be teaching in and then click the heading How to use the equipment in this classroom for full instructions. Additional drop-down lists show you what equipment is in the room.

Videos
  • Using the UCT Classroom (10 min)


     
  • Using the lectern (2 min)


     
  • Standard document camera (2 min)


     
  • AVer document camera – with software (3 min)


     
  • AVer document camera – without software (2 min)

Lighting

Use the light switches and blind controls (if applicable) to adjust the lighting as needed. The switches are usually located on the teaching wall.

Lectern

The mechanical lectern houses a number of teaching aids and is height-adjustable in some venues. It also includes pull-out trays (for papers or other light objects), power plugs (for charging your laptop / electronic device) and a PC with an optical drive (for playing CDs or DVDs).

  • Adjust the lectern height: Hold down the Up or Down button on the left hand side of the lectern above the left hand pull-out tray.  (This is only applicable for lecture theatres with height-adjustable lecterns.)
  • Open / close the classroom PC: Use the classroom PC control panel on the right hand side of the lectern. Press the Up button to open the screen. Press the Down button to close these items. In case of emergency, press the X button to stop the movement. In some classrooms, these buttons may also open and close the keyboard and mouse tray. If the keyboard and mouse do not open or close automatically, manually pull out or close the tray to the left of the CD/DVD drive.

Video demo: The UCT lectern

 

Using the Crestron control panel

  1. Turn on the data projector(s):
     
    • Left projector:
      Press the POWER button in the top row.
       
    • Right projector:
      Press the POWER button in the bottom row.
       
  2. Select inputs for the left and right projectors:
    Depending on the selection here, the projectors can either project the same image onto both screens or different images onto each screen.
     
    • Classroom PC:
      Left projector, press the PC button in the top row.
      Right projector, press the PC button in the bottom row.
       
    • Laptop:
      Use the cables in the safe to connect your laptop to the lectern's input panel (on the right hand side of the lectern).
      Then, for the left projector, press the LAPTOP button in the top row.
      For the right projector, press the LAPTOP button in the bottom row.
       
    • Document camera:
      First open the document camera.
      Then, for the left projector, press the DOC CAMERA button in the top row.
      For the right projector, press the DOC CAMERA button in the bottom row.
       
    • HDMI:
      Use the cables in the safe to connect your HDMI device (including newer laptop) to the lectern's input panel (on the right hand side of the lectern).
      Then, for the left projector, press the HDMI button in the top row.
      For the right projector, press the HDMI button in the bottom row.

Document camera

The document camera acts as a projection surface and can project documents, images and objects. If there’s no built-in document camera in your classroom, you can request a portable unit from the Classroom Support Services team.

  1. Open the document camera by pressing the Up button on the document camera control panel (on the left hand side of the lectern).
  2. Place your item on the document camera display surface.
  3. Adjust the document camera as required:
    • Brighten display item: Use  button on the document camera control panel. (Lighting settings may vary per classroom)
    • Zoom in or out: Use the Up or Down buttons on the document camera control panel. Press the relevant button once to move the document camera head. When the head reaches the required height, press the X button once.
  4. When you've finished using the document camera, switch the light off (if you've used it), then press the Down button to close the document camera.

NOTE:
The above instructions apply to most document cameras on campus. However, some classrooms use alternate models, such as Kramer LT1 and Wolfson LT.

 

Microphone

  1. Take the lapel mic with its body pack out of the safe.
  2. Clip the lapel mic onto your clothing at chest level.
  3. Put the body pack into your pocket or clip onto your belt.
  4. Switch the mic on using the On/Off switch on the body pack.

NOTE:
If the light on the body pack is red or amber, the battery is low or in an error state. In this case, request classroom support.

Audio levels

  • Classroom PC / laptop / other connected device: Use the PC dial on the lectern.
  • Lapel mic: Use the MIC1 dial on the lectern.

How do I record a lecture?

See: Recording a lecture.

Get help

When you're standing in front of a full classroom and you're under pressure to get the equipment working, it can be frustrating trying to figure out what to do - especially if something seems to be broken.

To get immediate help in the classroom:

Type of venue Who to contact

Centrally-bookable venues 
on 
upper, middle and lower campuses

Support hours: 07:30 - 18:00

Phone: (021) 650-4500 and select Option 2
(If the classroom has been upgraded, use the phone on the teaching wall)

Email: icts-css@uct.ac.za

If you need to escalate an unresolved query or complaint, please contact the CSS team leader.

Health Sciences Faculty venues

Support hours: 07:30 - 16:00

Contact Mark Williams for support in the following venues:

  • New Learning Centre LT 
  • Anatomy 3 LT 
  • Wolfson LT 
  • Jolly LT Tut rooms 1 to 20

Office: New Learning Centre Foyer

Phone: (021) 406 6811 / 079 537 2058
(If the classroom has been upgraded, use the phone on the teaching wall)

Email: hsf-cs@uct.ac.za

 

Contact Xolile Jojozi for support in the following venues:

  • GSH 1 & 2 LTs 
  • Falconer LT 
  • Health & Rehab venues 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and J49

Office: GSH Lecture Theatre

Phone: (021) 406 6662 / 082 927 2412
(If the classroom has been upgraded, use the phone on the teaching wall)

Email: hsf-cs@uct.ac.za

 

Contact Natasha Dourie for support in the following venues:

  • Health & Rehab venues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 
  • CSD 1 and 2

Office: GSH Lecture Theatre

Phone: (021) 406 6070 / 071 387 5815 (UCT speed dial: 8854)

Email: hsf-cs@uct.ac.za

Departmentally-managed venues, tut rooms and seminar rooms Contact the department that manages the venue.
Computer labs Contact the relevant lab administrator.