ETS has upgraded classrooms to support courses with simultaneous remote and in-person learners, also known as HyFlex instruction.
HyFlex (or Hybrid-Flexible) courses combine face-to-face and online learning, providing students the flexibility to participate in each class session in-person or online synchronously.
HyFlex Classroom Features
Our HyFlex classrooms allow faculty to easily access cameras and microphones that have been installed in these classrooms. Faculty who prefer to bring their own laptops to class can connect to the new equipment with a single USB cable with support for both macOS and Windows. The lectern computer is already connected to the new AV.
Each HyFlex classroom features:
- One high-resolution camera pointed at the front of the classroom.
- One high-resolution camera pointed at the student seating in the classroom.
- High fidelity microphones mounted on the ceiling that will capture all audio in the classroom.
Everything has been designed to be very easy to use. From your computer, select the devices in the Preferences for Zoom or other preferred telepresence software.
How to Connect to AV
About the Cameras and Microphones
The cameras are also configured for ease of use. The rear-facing camera aimed at the student seating is a wide-angle camera that will capture the entire classroom without any interaction or control required.
The front-facing camera has three preset camera shots that can be selected at any time by using the buttons on the lectern control panel. The camera shots are:
- The lectern.
- A wide shot that includes the entire front of the classroom.
- A zoomed-in shot of the writing surface that at 9 feet, covering about 2/3s of the board.
We expect that these classrooms will be beneficial for faculty teaching in HyFlex environments as well as improving the learning experience for students attending classes remotely while we navigate the unprecedented challenges from COVID-19.