Office of the Registrar

Classroom Optimization Definitions


Pedagogical

Physical

  • Chalkboard:
    • A reusable board (non-electronic) with a dark surface used for teaching or presentations.  Requires chalk.
  • Dry-Erase Board (aka whiteboard):
    • A reusable board (non-electronic) with a white surface used for teaching or presentations. Requires dry-erase markers.

STUDENT STUDY

  • Moveable Seating: 
    • Seating that can be arranged or moved within a classroom.
  • Moveable Tables:
    • Workshop tables that can be arranged or moved within a classroom.
  • Moveable Tablet Desks:
    • Individual tablet top desks that can be arranged or moved within a classroom.
  • Fixed Seating:
    • Seating that has a fixed, permanent location within a classroom and cannot be moved.
  • Fixed Tables:
    • Workshop tables that have a fixed, permanent location within a classroom and cannot be moved.
  • Fixed Tablet Desks:
    • Individual tablet top desks that have a fixed, permanent location within a classroom and cannot be moved.

FLOORING

  • Carpet:
    • A floor or stair covering made from thick woven fabric.
  • Tile:
    • A manufactured vinyl floor covering.
  • Sloped Floor (aka raked): 
    • Seating is on an upwards slope, away from the stage.
  • Tiered Floor (aka steps): 
    • Seating is arranged in sloping tiers, usually utilizing steps.
  • Stage:
    • A raised platform.
  • Distance Education Classroom:
    • Classroom that supports all mode of synchronous DE course delivery (i.e., UNC Online, UNCW Extension, hybrid online, NCREN and Inter-Institutional). 
      • Includes:
        • Soft client technologies and standards based hardware technology for collaboration, video conferencing and virtual classroom applications (different methods of course delivery require soft client technologies, others require standards based hardware, and others require the integration of both).
        • Lecture capture
        • Live and on-demand streaming media capability
        • Multiple cameras, multiple microphones for virtual classroom, collaboration and lecture capture applications
        • Tech support (via adjacent or virtually connected control room)

CLASSROOM

  • 3D Printer:  Three-dimensional printer in which objects are created using computer controlled layers, produced from digital model data.
  • Specimen Cabinet:
    • Geological: Cabinet containing various geological samples for study
    • Animal: Cabinet containing various (non-live) animal specimens for study
  • Wall:
    • Wall Periodic Chart: Wall mounted periodic chart.
    • Wall Maps: Wall mounted historical and/or geographical maps

Technological

COMPUTER LAB

  • PC: Classroom containing roughly the same number of computers as students in the class.  The computers in the room are all Microsoft PC computers.
  • iMac: Classroom containing roughly the same number of computers as students in the class.  The computers in the room are all iMac computers.

CLASSROOM

  • Collaboration Classroom: Classroom has pod seating, where groups of students have their own flat-screen display for which students can connect their own devices for collaborative learning
  • CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS

    • VGA(Video Graphics Array):
      • Academic instructional space containing an analog computer display standard connection.
    • HDMI(High-Definition Multimedia Interface):
      • Academic instructional space containing a digital computer display standard connection.
      • Both(VGA and HDMI):
        • Academic instructional space containing both VGA and HDMI computer display connections.
  • CLASSROOM DISPLAYS

    • Interactive(aka smartboard):
      • An interactive, large touch-sensitive whiteboard that uses a sensor for detecting user input.  Includes touchscreen monitors in addition to the touchscreen displays. 
        1. Touch Screen MonitorUsing a stylus at the teaching lectern, offers interaction to the instructor PC and the ability to draw/annotate over content on said instructional PC.
        2. Smartboard TVTouch interaction on the wall-mounted TV display for the instructor PC and the ability to draw/annotate over content on said instructional PC.
        3. eBeam Sensor: Touch interaction for the instructor PC requiring a special stylus and aligned to a short-throw projector onto a whiteboard. Offers the ability to draw/annotate over content on said instructional PC.
    • Rear Confidence Monitor:
      • A monitor at the rear of the classroom, whereby an instructor can view exactly what is being viewed at the front of the room, while his/her attention remains focused on the class.
    • Multiple Monitors:
      • Two or more display monitors showcasing the same information across monitors.  Some classrooms use these to view from around obstructions or from less than ideal viewing angles.
  • CLASSROOM PROJECTION

    • Document Camera(aka ELMO):
      • A device using a document camera to project images captured by the camera onto a screen or other viewing surface.
    • Dual Split Screen:
      • The classroom has two projectors that can have different content displayed from each projector.
  • CLASSROOM SOUND

    • Stereo(stereophonic sound):
      • 2-channel sound through front of classroom program speakers.
    • Surround:
      • Sound directed through multiple speakers, positioned all the way around the listener or audience, immersing the listener in the experience.
    • Microphone:
      • Device used to amplify the instructor’s or presenter’s voice.
  •  CLASSROOM VIDEO PLAYERS
  • VHS(Video Home System):
    • A device that plays analog video using magnetic tapes.  This device is no longer manufactured, but remains available in many classrooms.
  • Blu-Ray:
    • A device that plays digital, high definition (720p & 1080p) and ultra-high definition (2160p) video using digital optical discs.
  • Region Free DVD:
    • A device that plays standard definition (480p), upscaled to 1080p video using digital optical discs that do not have region-encoding.  This device can play DVDs from around the world, regardless of the DVD region restrictions.
  • Region Free Blu-Ray:
    • A device that plays digital, high definition (720p & 1080p) and ultra-high definition (2160p) video using digital optical disc. The device can play DVDs from around the world, regardless of the Blu-Ray region restrictions.
  • INSTRUCTOR STATION/LECTERN
  • PC: An instructor’s station or lectern in a classroom that includes a Microsoft personal computer.
  • iMac: An instructor’s station or lectern in a classroom that includes an Apple iMac computer.
  • Both (PC and iMac): An instructor’s station or lectern in a classroom that includes both a Microsoft personal computer and an Apple iMac computer.
  • Turning Point (aka clickers):
    • An audience response solution used to engage students in presentations by allowing them to respond to questions using a remote clicker.  This solution is used to gauge comprehension, take a poll, or review for an upcoming assessment.  Student purchase the clicker as part of their course materials.
  • Wireless (Bring your own device):
    • The ability for faculty to wirelessly connect their personal device to the classroom display or projection used in the classroom. Will be either Extron Sharelink or Kramer VIA.

COMPUTER LAB SOFTWARE

  • Default Classroom Instructor Station Technology & Software (formerly referenced as SMART classroom):
    • All classrooms Instructor Stations have the following equipment and software.  This equipment and software is NOT considered specialized.

Optimization Definitions

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Bundles Defined:
    • Due to the number of programs included in Adobe Creative Cloud, it cannot be completely installed on a single machine. Therefore, ITSD offers them in bundles.

Adobe Bundle

  • LAN School:
    • Software that gives contract to instructors by allowing them to:
      • Remove distractions by blanking out student screens or disabling web browsing.
      • Demonstrate skills by broadcasting the instructor's PC view to all student screens.
      • Monitor Activity with thumbnail views of each student screens. 
  • Python Software:
    • This software is used to develop Python high-level programming language. It has four different install versions:
      • PythonVanilla – regular install in system space
      • CSPython – custom CS install in user space
      • Anaconda – Python distribution used heavily by Math/Stat and the Sciences
      • Canopy – Another similar python distribution for the sciences
  • Pharos (iPrint):
    • Whether you are off-campus or on-campus, you can send a paper to an iPrint printer and use your UNCW One Card to retrieve your printed paper.

Informational

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessible:
    • Academic instructional space that complies with and does not impede the movement of students, staff, or faculty with disabilities.
  • Non-Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (NADA) Accessibility:
    • Academic instructional space that does not comply with or provide for the safe movement of students, staff, or faculty with disabilities.

SECURITY

  • Hall Lockbox:
    • Box mounted to the door or wall that, upon correct entry of a code, opens to provide a door key for the classroom.
  • AV Lockbox(audio visual lectern):
    • Box mounted to the door or lectern that, upon correct entry of a code, opens to provide a door key for the lectern’s AV equipment.  Sometimes this may simply be a code (without a key) that opens the lectern’s AV equipment.

TECHNOLOGY FUNDING

  • Classroom Technology Assistance Plan (CTAP):
    • Audiovisual equipment in rooms designated as belonging to CTAP are purchased and maintained in a lifecycle model by CTS in ITSD through recurring state funds. CTS maintains ownership of this equipment and will allocate these resources as prescribed by the Division of Academic Affairs.
  • Department Funded:
    • Audio visual equipment that has been purchased, maintained by, and belonging to the department.