Equipment for Fall 2020 Faculty Instruction

Last updated August 6, 2020

The table below details audio/visual equipment to support faculty instruction across modalities in the Fall 2020 term, as defined on the Preparation for All Faculty page. All links to hardware are for reference only; orders must be procured through the Hilltop Shop.

Please direct questions about the hardware to the Learning Spaces Engineering team in Educational Technology Services at learningspaces@usfca.edu. To request purchasing this equipment, contact your Associate Dean.

Instructional Technology & Training provides consultations on instructional technologies. Request a consultation on the ITS Service Portal.

EQUIPMENT Description Instructional Modality ScenarioS Preview On Amazon

Computer Headset
headphones

Headsets improve the ability for faculty to hear remote students and minimize ambient noise during instruction. Headset microphones provide higher audio quality for students attending class remotely, compared to built-in microphones on laptops.  Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom Logitech USB Headset on Amazon

External USB Webcam
webcam

External webcams provide higher quality images over Zoom or lecture capture for remote students compared to built-in webcams on laptops. Webcams also provide a wide-angle lens for capturing writing surfaces and students in a classroom. Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom to synchronous classes or pre-recording lectures

Hybrid In-Person Instruction: Faculty uses Zoom to allow students to join class remotely
Logitech USB Webcam on Amazon

Adapters ("Dongles") for Classroom AV
Lightning converter dongle for computer

Most laptops require an adapter/dongle for connecting to VGA or HDMI sources. Additionally, newer laptops with USB-C ports require adapters for connecting older USB cables and devices.

Visit Apple Support for a breakdown of the adapter you may need to connect a Mac laptop via HDMI.
Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom and connecting to an external display USB-C Adapter on Amazon

Powered USB Hub
USB hub

USB hubs provide additional USB ports for connecting peripherals, such as webcams or presenter remotes. Moreover, some USB devices require a powered connection. All Instruction Modes: Faculty is teaching using Zoom with additional peripherals connected to their laptop USB Hub on Amazon

Document Camera
Overhead projector

Document cameras can connect to your computer via USB for displaying printed documents and books over Zoom. Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom and needs to display printed materials Document Camera on B&H Photo and Video

USB Video Conference Light
Ring light on a tripod

Video conferencing lights connect to your computer via USB to provide additional lighting during instruction and while videoconferencing.

Note on Lume Cube Video Conference Light: Although a suction cup is provided, a tripod (see below) is highly recommended for stabilizing and adjusting the device.
Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom Lume Cube Video Conference Light

Camera Gooseneck Stand or Tripod
Tripod stand

When using an external webcam in class, gooseneck stands and tripods allow faculty greater flexibility in setting the webcam camera shot between themselves, writing surface, and/or students in classrooms.

Tripods are recommended for the Lume Cube Video Conference Light.
Hybrid In-Person Instruction: Faculty uses Zoom to allow students to join class remotely Webcam Stand on Amazon

Traditional Tripod on Amazon

GorillaPod Flexible Tripod on Amazon

Green Screen (Backdrop)
Greenscreen backdrop

"Green screens" or backdrops improve the quality of using Zoom virtual backgrounds and can provide additional privacy when video conferencing from personal spaces. Backdrops are portable and can be attached to desk chairs. Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom Green Screen with Chair Mount on Amazon

USB Tablet
Tablet with a pen

Tablets provide a writing surface and annotation tool connected directly to faculty computers and are a considerable improvement for remote students, compared to a webcam pointed at a classroom whiteboard. Moreover, those teaching remotely may not have access to a writing surface. Hybrid, Remote, and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom to synchronous classes or pre-recording lectures

Hybrid In-Person Instruction: Faculty uses Zoom to allow students to join class remotely
Wacom Tablet on Amazon

Power Strip (Surge Protector)
Power strip

Power strips add additional outlets to your workspace when multiple devices require external power. Remote and Online Instruction: Faculty is teaching using Zoom with additional peripherals connected to their laptop Power Strip on Amazon

Testing Your Internet Connectivity

  • Use an internet speed test (such as fast.com or searching "speed test" on Google and clicking "Run Speed Test") to determine if your internet connectivity meets Zoom bandwidth requirements.
  • If your network speed is poor (less than 10mbps) or shows poor results in latency or jitter, ETS has created a list of best practices for improving wireless internet speeds — document available on USF Support.
  • If better results cannot be achieved, contact your internet service provider to inquire about upgrading your home's internet service.