Using streaming or lecture capture technology can add a great deal of complexity to your classroom teaching. Here are some backup plans if technology is missing or not working. In most cases, these will be temporary limitations that will be resolved as the Division of IT continues to procure and install technology in classrooms.
Your assigned classroom does not have a computer and projector in it.
If there is neither a microphone nor a camera, there is probably no technology installed to stream or record audio. If you don't see a microphone but there is a camera, the camera may be capable of handling audio so no backup plan is needed (check the configuration of your room on the Classroom Technology page).
Initially, most classrooms will not have a camera to capture or broadcast you and your students in the room. Cameras have been in high demand at all schools and universities, and NIU has had difficulty procuring them.
In Retrofit or Plan B rooms, some content sources that you can usually display on the projector may not be able to be recorded streamed. This will be most common with document cameras and DVD/Blu-Ray players.
If you planned to have a recording or one-way streaming session occur automatically, but you forgot to submit a request for streaming, that request was not addressed in time, or you had to change rooms, the recording will not launch automatically.
Check out the Classroom Technology page for information on the capabilities of the classroom you have been assigned, and for training materials on using the technology that will be available to you. Use the Classroom Dashboard to determine the capabilities and status of the classroom in which you will be teaching.
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