Modality Equipment Recommendations

The table below details audio/visual equipment to support faculty instruction across modalities in the Fall 2021 term. Review instructional mode definitions on the USF Together hub

NOTE: Accessories should be purchased via the Hilltop Shop after receiving approval from your Associate Dean.

Please direct questions about the hardware to Instructional Technology & Training in Educational Technology Services at itt@usfca.edu.

Instructional Technology & Training provides consultations on instructional technologies. Request a consultation on 10to8.

Recommended Items

External Webcam

Tripod

Use an external webcam to provide higher quality images and a wider capture angle in the classroom.

Tripods allow greater flexibility in setting the camera angle to capture faculty, writing surfaces, and/or students.


USB Microphone

Computer Headset

External microphones enhance audio quality over Zoom for remote attendees. Use daisy-chained microphones to improve the range for larger rooms.

Use headsets during group work in HyFlex sessions to engage with remote attendees without audio feedback from the classroom audio system.


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Optional Items

Document Camera

USB Tablet

Voice Amplifier

Document cameras can connect to your computer for displaying printed documents and books over Zoom.

Tablets can connect to your computer to provide a writing surface and annotate over Zoom.

Portable voice amplifiers ensure students can hear you when lecturing while wearing a mask.


USB Adapter and/or Hub

USB Extension Cable

A USB adapter or hub may be required to connect peripherals to your computer.

Use an extension cable to place external webcams and microphones farther away from your computer.


Click for a list of equipment with suggested weblinks for purchasing.

Recommended Items

Computer Headset

Use headsets to hear remote students better and minimize ambient noise during remote instruction.

During group work, engage with remote attendees without audio feedback from the classroom audio system.


Click for a list of equipment with suggested weblinks for purchasing.

Optional Items

External Webcam

Tripod

Voice Amplifier

Use an external webcam to provide higher quality images and a wider capture angle in the classroom.

Tripods allow greater flexibility in setting the camera angle to capture faculty, writing surfaces, and/or students.

Portable voice amplifiers ensure in-person students can hear you when lecturing while wearing a mask.


Document Camera

USB Tablet

USB Microphone

Document cameras can connect to your computer for displaying printed documents and books over Zoom.

Tablets can connect to your computer to provide a writing surface and annotate over Zoom.

External microphones enhance audio quality over Zoom for remote attendees. Use daisy-chained microphones to improve the range for larger rooms.


Extra Lighting

USB Adapter and/or Hub

USB Extension Cable

Video conference lights provide additional lighting during instruction and other videoconferences.

A USB-C adapter may be required to connect peripherals to your computer.

Use an extension cable to place external webcams and microphones farther away from your computer.


Click for a list of equipment with suggested weblinks for purchasing.

Recommended Items

Computer Headset

Use headsets to hear remote students better and minimize ambient noise during instruction. 


Click for a list of equipment with suggested weblinks for purchasing.

Optional Items

External Webcam

Tripod

USB Microphone

Use an external webcam to provide higher quality images and a wider capture angle in the classroom.

Tripods allow greater flexibility in setting the camera angle to capture faculty, writing surfaces, and/or students.

External microphones enhance audio quality over Zoom for remote attendees. 


Document Camera

USB Tablet

Extra Lighting

Document cameras can connect to your computer for displaying printed documents and books over Zoom.

Tablets can connect to your computer to provide a writing surface and annotate over Zoom.

Video conference lights provide additional lighting during instruction and other videoconferences.


Green Screen/Backdrop

USB Adapter and/or Hub

USB Extension Cable

Green screens improve the quality of using Zoom virtual backgrounds and provide additional privacy when located in personal spaces.

A USB-C adapter may be required to connect peripherals to your computer.

Use an extension cable to place external webcams and microphones farther away from your computer.


Click for a list of equipment with suggested weblinks for purchasing.


Approval for Purchasing Equipment

Faculty who need to purchase equipment should contact their Associate Dean or designated contact as listed on the ETS website.

List of Equipment

Below is a list of suggested weblinks for procuring equipment. 

Note: Accessories should be purchased via the Hilltop Shop after receiving approval from your Associate Dean.

Last updated May 11, 2021

Links for purchasing hardware
Item Model and Weblink Estimated Cost
External Webcam Logitech C930 Webcam on Amazon $100
Computer Headset Logitech H390 Headset on Amazon $25
Tripod Dolica 62" Tripod on Amazon
GorillaPod Flexible Tripod on Amazon
$50
$35
Microphones In Classroom: Sound Tech CM-1000USB Microphone on Amazon
Add-On Microphone for CM-1000 on Amazon

Remote: Samson Go Mic on B&H Photo/Video
$70
$35

$50
Document Camera Lumens DC125 Ladibug on B&H Photo/Video $230
USB Tablet Wacom Tablet on Amazon $100
Voice Amplifier Zoweetek Voice Amplifier on Amazon $55
Extra Lighting Lume Cube on Amazon $70
Green Screen (Backdrop) Green Screen with Chair Mount on Amazon $75
USB-C Adapter Syntech Adapter on Amazon $10
USB Powered Hub PC users: atolla USB 3.0 Hub on Amazon
Mac users: Totu 11-in-1 Hub on Amazon
$20
$45
USB Extension Cable Monoprice 16' USB Cable on Amazon $10