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Classroom Technologies Design Group

Consultation, Project Management, and Experience

Whether planning for new construction or renovating an existing learning space, Northwestern IT's Academic & Research Technologies (A&RT) Technology Engineering and Design team offers a full complement of consulting services to aid University schools and departments in making informed decisions regarding audio-visual and presentation technologies and room-based videoconferencing solutions.

Having designed and led the implementation of over 100 technology-based seminar style and standard classrooms, auditoriums and complex multi-source multi-display active learning spaces on the Evanston Campus, A&RT AV Engineers can deliver a technology solution that accomplishes the needs of the program and activities to be supported for the facility.  We provide a grounded and realistic perspective on room design for everyday use, as well as tested and reliable equipment recommendations.

Learning Space Design Consultation

Existing Learning Spaces

The Technology Engineering and Design team meet with schools and departments to review an identified space and perform a needs assessment. This includes a dialogue about the pedagogical and general use requirements of the space, the current technologies available, and recommendations for technology improvements. Other important considerations for early planning and development include a timeline, goals, and budget projection, as well as discussion related to ongoing operational support.

New or Renovated Learning Spaces

Members of the Technology Engineering and Design team are also available to meet with architects when planning learning spaces for new buildings or when entire floors or rooms are being renovated. AV Engineers will review drawings and recommend electrical and cable paths based on the anticipated technology, networking needs, and lighting.

Although some projects and departments will hire their own non-University AV consultants, there is value added by including the A&RT AV Engineering team, especially in the early stages of construction and planning. There is no charge for this consultation service.

Project Management and Design

Project management services for the development and implementation of school or department spaces slated for technology improvements are available on a contract basis. These contract services include but are not limited to:

All project work is planned and completed based on an expected time frame and NU standards.

General Standards for Audio Visual Classrooms

Other options include but are not limited to:

Large Auditorium projects add an acoustical analysis of the space for enhanced speech intelligibility and program audio coverage within the space.  If needed, acoustical treatments are added to minimize reverberations to further improve sound clarity.

General Standards for Videoconferencing Facilities

Room-based videoconferencing equipment standards vary dramatically and are dependent on the specifics of the room, budget, and planned use. A consultation is highly recommended to determine whether a codec-based (appliance/hardware) or a computer-based solution (Vidyo, Lync, Facetime, Skype, etc) is better suited.

Learn more about videoconferencing services at Northwestern.

University Schools and departments interested in learning more about any of these services, please contact: Trevor Musolf, Lead, Technology Engineering & Design, NUIT Academic & Research Technologies

Last Updated: 31 January 2017

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