College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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To complicate matters, classrooms are not consistently outfi tted with the same technology: Room A may have a television and DVD player but no laptop, and Room B may have a laptop but no television and DVD player. Even if they are consistently outfi tted, the projector in Room A may not be the same brand as the projector in Room B and, therefore, may operate a bit differently. equipment and systems are often designed by engineers, not teachers. What seems in- tuitive to an engineer is not always intuitive to an end user." To complicate matters, classrooms are not consistently outfi tted with the same technology: Room A may have a television and DVD player but no laptop, and Room B may have a laptop but no television and DVD player. Even if they are consistently outfi tted, the projector in Room A may not be the same brand as the projector in Room B and, therefore, may operate a bit differently. Fortunately, controls are available to in- tegrate all the different elements and bring much-needed and much-desired simplicity at the touch of a button. Sometimes, how- ever, even the controls can be a challenge, as McMackin notes: "The lack of uniform equipment and a uniform user interface means that instructors are required to learn to operate different systems depend- ing on what room they are teaching in." Integration at BPC These challenges are similar to what BPC was experiencing. "We have so many disparate control systems on campus, such as Questron and AMX," says David Demers, Ph.D., vice president for Aca- demic and Administrative Technology. "Faculty had to learn how to teach in every classroom in a different manner. It was complicated by an inability to easily swap equipment out because of proprietary controls. This required some down time because, in order to reprogram control boxes, a vendor had to be called in." Then Demers saw an article in a trade magazine about a control system that was new to him: Santa Ana, CA-based Utelogy. The article included contact information at a campus that was using the system, so he reached out to the contact to discuss the system. "Once I saw that it would be easy to roll out here," he recalls, "I contacted the company and asked for a OCTOBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 69 ISTOCKPHOTO / STUDIOVISION

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