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FCS Advanced Learning and Collaboration Space

Learning Spaces worked with several partners to create an advanced learning and collaboration space in the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) building room 132. The space provides access to cutting edge content sharing, video conferencing, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capabilities.

ITS Instructional Designers and Learning Spaces technicians will continue to collaborate with FCS instructors to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology within the teaching environment. Their contact information is available on this page.

Following is information and links to tutorials for the technology.

The Software

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For Collaboration:
Solstice wireless display software is installed on the presenter's workstation PC, and every student laptop. Solstice allows multiple simultaneous participants to share the content of their computer, tablet or mobile device.

Participants who prefer not to use one of the laptops provided, can download the app for their iOS or Android device.

Solstice User Guide

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For Video Conferencing:
Zoom video conferencing and web conferencing software is installed on the presenter's workstation PC, and every student laptop. Zoom is a cloud-based service that allows participants to connect from any location, with any network capable device.

Participants who prefer not to use one of the laptops provided, can download the app for their iOS or Android device.

Zoom set up and support

The Equipment

View / Download a list of the system components:

View / Download the FCS 132 floor plan:

  The presenter has  a standard power lift workstation equipped with:

  • Touch panel for projector and room controls
  • PC with collaboration and video conference software
  • Document camera

The students are seated at 5 separate pods.

Student Pod
Student Pod

Each pod is equipped with:

  • 55" HDTV
  • HD webcam
  • Laptops for every student, with collaboration and video conference software
  • Tabletop power outlets

In addition to the equipment listed above, the room is equipped with:

  • LCD projector
  • Ceiling mounted cameras
  • Ceiling mounted microphones