Learning Spaces and Media Services
The Learning Spaces and Media Services departments are dedicated to supporting and enhancing our learning environments to meet the needs of our faculty and students.
We design our AV presentation technologies, manage all projects for installing and renewing our AV infrastructure, provide recording solutions for classroom lectures and live events, and provide services for digital media conversions and media streaming.
We're excited to announce that new Echo360 lecture capture recordings and video uploads will automatically generate a text transcript, thanks to a new partnership with Amazon's Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology. As the transcript is automatically created, no additional interaction is required. This email was sent to the USF community in early January regarding the activation of Echo360 ASR.
ASR provides a starting point for distributing closed captions and transcripts, of which students and instructors can view directly on Echo360 videos. ASR also enables searching for specific words and concepts in recordings, allowing users to quickly find each moment in a lecture where it was discussed. Transcripts alongside videos support diverse learning styles, helping students engage more deeply into course materials. Instructors and students will recognize immediate benefits that ASR brings to the Echo360 platform.
In addition, Echo360's content management system (CMS) was recently refreshed for users to quickly access course materials and recordings. Learn more about the Echo360 platform and email an Echo360 administrator if you have questions.
ETS is very happy to announce a new resource that provides virtually every detail about our classroom environment. Using the new Airtable system, information on classroom capacity, student furniture, AV and computing technology, and other details are easily accessed along with high resolution photographs.
By default, you can browse the classroom inventory building by building. You can also click on any room for a larger and more detailed view. However, using the pre-built filters provides a way to find rooms based on exactly what you may be searching for. Looking for a list of computer labs? Rooms with wireless AV capabilities? Classrooms with Echo360 lecture capture technology? All of these and more are available in the Classroom Inventory pull-down menu.
Hilltop and classrooms on the additional campuses are available now, and work is in progress to provide the same information for our conference rooms. Please feel to visit this new tool.