Q: What is a Hybrid Classroom?
A: Hybrid classrooms are specific classrooms located throughout campus that are optimized for simultaneous in-person and online instruction. These classrooms are equipped with integrated, HD cameras that can pan, tilt, and zoom to meet the specific needs of each lecture.
Compatibility with Zoom is a top priority in the hybrid classroom design. In addition to cameras, each classroom features echo-cancelling technology that enables students to ask and answer questions, whether they are physically in the room or over Zoom.
Q: How will I know if my classroom has Hybrid technology in it?
A: The Office of the Registrar is working to ensure all classrooms where faculty have indicated Hybrid as their teaching modality to be placed in a room with Hybrid technology. MSU IT and the Office of Planning and Budgets is working to update 25 Live with Hybrid classroom features. 25 Live is located on the web at: https://25live.collegenet.com/pro/msu
Q: How do I use Zoom with a Hybrid Classroom?
A: Hybrid classrooms have integrated cameras. These cameras work with Zoom and feature the ability to pan, tilt and zoom. Users will be able to set their own pre-sets on the cameras. Rooms will also feature built-in echo cancelation so students not in the classroom can ask or answer any questions. Specific instructions are still being developed and will posted to several different websites including tech.msu.edu.
Q: Where can I learn more about Zoom and how to set it up for my class?
A: MSU IT has created several videos to help new Zoom users, including information about how to screen share and present. https://spartanslearn.msu.edu/tech-training/zoom/index.html Instructors who need additional help can contact the MSU IT service desk to be routed to an instructional designer who may be of assistance.
Q: How do I get Support? Will it be in person?
A: Please call the MSU IT service desk at 517-432-6200, for those requiring immediate assistance a classroom technology technician will be dispatched to your classroom. For questions about classroom technology that do not require immediate assistance visit https://tech.msu.edu/support or call 517-432-6200.
Q: I have a question about D2L?
A: MSU IT can assist with questions regarding D2L and other classroom technology tools, please contact the MSU IT service desk at 517-432-6200
Q: How will instructions be provided?
A: MSU IT is creating and producing content designed to show faculty how to use different parts of classroom technology. Content will be made available at https://spartanslearn.msu.edu. Faculty wishing to schedule 1 on 1 training regarding classroom technology can contact the MSU IT service desk at 517-432-6200 or go to https://tech.msu.edu/support.
Q: Will each classroom be cleaned between classes?
A: Current guidance has classrooms scheduled to be cleaned daily with a focus on cleaning high touch surfaces more frequently. Cleaning will be provided by IPF or RHS depending on location.
Q: If I wear a mask while lecturing will anyone hear me?
A: The use of mask and an appropriately located microphone will provide the needed amplification for those in the room and remotely to hear you. The use of a microphone is highly encouraged in all classrooms regardless of teaching modality. If teaching and using Zoom or similar technology the use of a microphone is required and will allow students participating remotely to hear you.
Q: How do I share my screen on zoom?
A: MSU IT has created several videos to help new Zoom users, including information about how to screen share and present. https://spartanslearn.msu.edu/tech-training/zoom/index.html
Q: I need an electronic whiteboard program/application, what can I use?
A: Zoom has a built-in whiteboard application that can be accessed, by clicking share screen and selecting whiteboard. Many classrooms have touch enabled Dell monitors which permit annotation with a finger or stylus. This annotation feature is available with other applications such as the Microsoft Office 365 suite.
Q: Can I play a video over Zoom?
A: While this is possible, some users with slower internet connections may experience issues with choppy or slow video. If possible, videos shown during class should be made available through a link prior to any class discussions or assignments.
Q: I would like to get advanced training on using Zoom in the classroom. How do I schedule something?
A: Please contact the MSU IT Service Desk at 517-432-6200 to have your request routed to the proper team for additional help or visit https://tech.msu.edu/support . Video content regarding the use of zoom is also available at: https://spartanslearn.msu.edu/tech-training/zoom/index.html