University of Southern California The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering

MINIMAL Technical Requirements to join an iPodia class:

The Classroom

  • The physical space of the room should be enough for sitting at least 20 to 25 students at one time.
  • The room should have proper lighting and sound proof adequate for tele-conference video and audio.
  • The room should be connected to the high-speed Internet on campus.
  • A large sign/logo of the local university should be clearly posted at the back of the room for easy identification by remote sites.
  • USC’s unique studio classroom will serve as the primary instruction and recording site. These unique classrooms supported by DEN enable lecture capture and delivery of all presentation and interactive components through Technology Enhanced Access to the Classroom. Lectures and notes are available through DEN’s course management system including downloadable video lectures. The course management system serves as the primary online portal enabling course management and access to various instructional and interactive tools.

Video Conferencing

  • H.323+ video conference capable unit
    • Based on room size, this unit should have adequate and stable bandwidth capable of IP-based video conferencing. This unit will connect to other iPodia sites via USC’s multi conference session.
    • USC currently maintains and operates its own large high definition multi-conferencing server to enable multi-site video conferencing and software based access and server side video conferencing recording.
  • The two most popular and standard systems are Tandberg and Polycom. For classrooms supporting 20-30 students, we recommend medium to large size systems or custom installations.
    • Tandberg/Cisco: http://www.tandberg.com/
    • Polycom: http://www.polycom.com/

Video Camera

  • At least two (2) wall-mounted, high-end video camera adequate for the above video conferencing capability.
  • The first camera should be positioned to capture the Instructor in the classroom.
  • The second camera should be positioned to capture all attending students in the classroom.
  • For a larger classroom, additional cameras may be needed to capture the scene of the entire classroom.

Microphones

  • One dedicated wireless microphone to capture/record the Instructor in the classroom.
  • Adequate number of strategically located microphones to enable all students to interactively participate in discussions and questions. These microphones can be either ceiling-mounted or placed on tables.

Screens

  • One large projection (or LCD/LED) screen dedicated to showing course contents (e.g., slides) at the center in front of the classroom. This presentation screen should be connected to a computer joining USC’s web conference capable of sharing computer presentations and applications.
  • One large projection (or LCD/LED) screen on the side at the front of the classroom to show live scenes of a linked remote classroom. This display will be dedicated to show the video conference session.
  • One medium projection (or LCD/LED) screen dedicated to showing live scenes of remote sites to the instructor at the back of the classroom. (optional)

Recordings

  • Each classroom should be equipped with reliable recording capabilities to capture all incoming and outgoing audio/video signals. The quality of these recorded files should be adequate for posting on iPodia website for achieve and later review.
  • USC will provide primary lecture captures through its Technology Enhanced Access to the Classroom. This includes video recording of any instruction and interactivity inside the classroom. Access to all instructional resources and tools will be through USC’s course management system

Technical Support

  • Telephone support line(s) should be available to the control room (or the classroom operator) for online technical support and coordination among lined sites.
  • We also recommend that basic phone conferencing via a standard land line be installed in case of network connectivity issues.
  • USC will provide dedicated IT support during class sessions as well as support for the course management system and related instructional tools.