Distance-Learning Interactive Classrooms

Distance-Learning Interactive Classrooms

In each of our distance-learning classrooms, we provide a system to communicate with students in your classroom and at remote sites.

Most ICN sites, have a touch screen to allow you to have the selected media appear to your students. With the video conferencing rooms, a button router/selector will do this for you.

Our Equipment


Video cameras connect to the system used by your class at a distance. In all rooms there will be one camera for the teacher and another on the students. This allows the instructor to switch between themselves and the class when a student response is happening. In some rooms a third camera overhead acts as a document camera to place documents and 3-D objects on the system. In other rooms, a document camera fills this need.

ICN Cameras: A touch screen is provided in most ICN classrooms to select the camera you want to use. You can also find controls to zoom in and out and focus. These zoom and focus control only work with the instructor and over head cameras. The student cameras are on a system that will zoom them to a student that presses the microphone to respond. Shortly after the students responds the camera will return to its home setting.

Video Conferencing Cameras: In the Tama Hall classrooms, the cameras are the same as an ICN classroom. These are hybrids crossed between ICN and video conferencing.

In our remote videoconferencing sites, the cameras may be manipulated by the Tandberg remote control.

  1. Select menu.
  2. Right arrow over to the compass icon and select.
  3. The arrows around will pan and tilt side to side and up and down.
  4. A separate button beside the menu button on the remote will zoom the camera.


The ICN student microphones are a tabletop push to talk microphone that may require a student to press and hold the button until they are finished speaking.

Our video conferencing microphones are in the ceiling. These microphones pick up the sound of the classrooms with no buttons required.

Instructor can choose between a desktop podium microphone or a wireless microphone. These microphones are always on and will pick up even quiet conversations at the podium quite well. They require only to be plugged in or turned on. When video conferencing, the instructor uses the microphones in the ceiling. They are very sensitive to papers rustling and students whispering and can be muted by the remote.


There is a volume control for the ICN classroom you are in under the desktop in the right side of the knee-well.

In video conferencing rooms, volume control is on the cart by the selector, on the remote control, or at the TV monitor in the back. These are all places to check if you don’t hear audio or your students talking back. There may be a slight delay or echo as the equipment processes the sound to avoid feedback.

Visual Content Presenting

Classrooms have a computer and a DVD/VCR combo player. These are the same units you can find in almost every classroom at Hawkeye. In Tama Hall, they are connected by the touch screen and by the Smart Selector in other classrooms. These will have standard campus software on them and also have network access.

Remote Access to Students

Most of our classrooms have a fax machine or close by to be picked up easily by your students. Most instructors mail returned assignments and only use the fax in emergency situations. A good suggestion is to build an email list of your students for days you may have to miss class or make changes in plans or teaching materials.

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