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A "Trimodal Classroom" is a Zoom Room-enabled classroom that allows for simultaneous:

  1. Face-to-face teaching
  2. Online synchronous teaching
  3. Recording of the classroom

Reserving The Room

Academic Space & Scheduling devised a form, in 25Live (go to Rooms.depaul.edu or https://25live.collegenet.com/pro/depaul), which faculty can make such tech-enabled room requests through.

The request is meant to come from faculty. If the request does not come from faculty, please put the full faculty contact details in the “Event Description” field.

Please indicate in the “Room Preference” field if you want a Trimodal room. You can specifically request a Trimodal room. The Trimodal rooms are:

  • Daley 402
  • DPC 5901 (For College of Business use only)
  • Lewis 1405
  • Lewis 1406
  • Lewis 1407
  • O'Malley 343
  • O'Malley 344

Scheduling Your Classes

  • Log into D2L at https://D2L.depaul.edu
  • Click on your course.
  • Click on “Edit Course” and select “Zoom.”
  • Click on “Schedule a New Meeting.”
    • Type in your “Topic” (typically the name of your course).
    • In the “When” fields, enter the date and time of your first class.
    • Enter the “Duration” of your first class.
    • Leave “Time Zone” as GMT.
    • Check the “Recurring meeting” checkbox.
    • Set the appropriate “Recurrence, Repeat every, and End date” values.
    • Check the “Passcode” checkbox in the “Security” section and enter a numeric passcode (this will be easier to type in when you connect from the Trimodal room).
    • Select the “On” radio buttons for “Host” and “Participant” in the “Video” section.
    • In the “Audio” section, make sure the “Both” radio button is selected.
    • In the “Meeting Options” section check the “Mute participants upon entry” and “Record the meeting automatically – In the cloud” checkboxes.
    • If you have a Zoom cohost, enter their DePaul email address in the “Alternative Hosts” field.
    • Click on “Save.”
  • Click on the “Copy the invitation” link.
  • Click on the “Copy Meeting Invitation” button.
  • Paste this information into communications that your students can see. Suggested options include:
    • D2L course homepage.
    • Your syllabus.
    • Introductory email.

The Teaching Commons has extensive instructions on how to schedule your Zoom classes here.
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Using The Room

  • If the room is locked, ask Public Safety to open DPC 5901 for you.
  • Switch on the ceiling lights.
  • Check that the Dell Podium PC is on. The Podium PC is under the desk, to the right. There will be a white light on the power switch if it is on.
  • Check that the PC monitor is on. Power switch is on the bottom right of the monitor. There will be a white light on the power switch if it is on
  • On either of the touchscreens, press “Join.
    • One touchscreen monitor is on the podium.
    • The other touchscreen monitor is the large display on the wall behind the podium.
    • You can use either your finger or a capacitive stylus to interact with the touchscreens.
  • Enter the meeting ID and press “Join Meeting.”
    • The meeting ID is a nine-digit number (or longer) created when your meetings are scheduled. This is the same meeting ID that is given to your remote participants to connect.
  • Enter the meeting passcode and press “Confirm.”
    • You may have to change the keyboard layout on the touchscreen to access numerical keys.
  • You are now host for the meeting
  • On the touchscreen, press the three dots () to access the Zoom controls. Choose “Share Content or Camera” then “Start Sharing.”
  • On the PC, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the keyboard to login with your BlueKey username and password.
  • On the PC, present as you would normally do in class (PowerPoint, D2L, etc.).
    • If you need to show material via the document camera, lift the armature up, then slide the power button down into the on position. The power indicator will change from orange to green.
    • You can easily adjust the position and orientation of the document camera.
    • When finished with the document camera, slide the power button up into the off position. Your session will resume sharing from the PC. 
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Zoom Controls. Your options here are:
  • Mute Microphone: Mutes the room microphones. Press “Unmute Microphone” so your remote participants can hear you again.
  • Stop Video: Provides video privacy in the room. Press “Start Video” so your remote participants can see you again.
  • Share Content or Camera: Allows you to share PC and document camera content.
  • Security: Allows you to adjust the security settings of your meeting:
    • Lock Meeting
    • Enable waiting room
    • Share screen
    • Chat
    • Rename themselves
    • Unmute themselves
  • Change View: Changes the display of remote participants on monitor in room:
    • Speaker: The remote participant who is currently talking (or who most recently made a noise).
    • Gallery: The most recent remote participants.
    • Content Only: The PC or document camera content you are sharing.
  • Switch Camera: Toggles between front and rear camera.
  • Camera Control: Allows you to zoom and pan the room cameras.
    • Please note: DPC 5901 has a dedicated physical remote control for the camera controls.
  • Manage Participants: Allows you to mute/unmute participants, admit to meeting, etc..
  • Invite: Used to invite other participants and Zoom rooms to the videoconference.
  • Stop Recording: Stops the video recording. Press “Start Recording” to start recording again.
    • This will start and stop a Zoom Cloud recording that has been created for you. If in doubt, do not press stop recording. The Zoom Cloud recordings are separate to any scheduled Panopto recordings.
  • Settings: Please do not make any changes here.
  • When finished with class, press “End Meeting” on the touchscreen controls.
    • However, doing so will remove control from the podium PC. Safely remove any flash drives and close down any open applications beforehand. Your PC login will be disconnected after 60 minutes of inactivity, but you may want to ensure you are not logged into any secure services before you leave the classroom.
  • Press “End Meeting For All” to confirm.
  • Shut off the ceiling lights.
  • Close the door to DPC 5901.
  • Student Screensharing

    Your students (remote and in the physical classroom) may want to share content to main display - this will allow you to collaborate, and to annotate their material. By default, students will not be able to share their screen. However, you can change security settings to allow sharing.

    • To allow students to share their screen with you and the class, click on “Security” on the touchscreen controls.
    • Toggle “Share Screen” to on.
      • Your students can now share your screen.
    • When done, ask your students to stop sharing.
      • If you cannot get your students to stop sharing their screens, you can deactivate “Share Screen” under the “Security” settings.

    Student Screen Sharing Instructions

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    • Click the "Share Screen" button located in your meeting controls.
    • Select the screen you want to share. You can also choose an individual application that is already open on your computer, the desktop, a whiteboard, or an iPhone/iPad.
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    • (Optional) Enable these features:
      • Check "Share Computer Sound": If you check this option, any sound played by your computer will be shared in the meeting.
      • Check "Optimize for full screen video clip": Check this if you will be sharing a video clip in full screen mode. Do not check this otherwise, as it may cause the shared screen to be blurry.
    • Click "Share."

    Student Share Screen Menu

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    When you start sharing your screen, the meeting controls will move into a menu that you can drag around your screen.

    • Mute/Unmute: Mute or unmute your microphone.
    • Start/Stop Video: Start or stop your in-meeting video.
    • Participants/Manage Participants: View the participants.
    • New Share: Start a new screen share. You will be prompted to select which screen you want to share again.
    • Pause Share: Pause your current shared screen.
    • Annotate / Whiteboard: Display annotation tools for drawing, adding text, etc.
    • More: Hover over more for additional options.

    Sharing Meeting Information And Recordings With Students

    The Teaching Commons provides complete instructions on how to do this here.

    Troubleshooting

    Use the room telephone to contact Classroom Tech Support:

    (312)362-5900
    (Extension 2-5900)

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What type of stylus should I use in the Trimodal classrooms?
    You should use a capacitive stylus. Information Services recommends these for purchase: 
     

    I have a stylus for my Microsoft Surface Pro. Will this work on the touchscreens in the Trimodal classrooms?
    No, it will not work. You will have to use a capacitive stylus.

    How do I reserve DPC 5901 for my classes?
    Academic Space & Scheduling devised a form, in 25Live (go to Rooms.depaul.edu or https://25live.collegenet.com/pro/depaul), which faculty can make such tech-enabled room requests through.

    The request is meant to come from faculty. If the request does not come from faculty, please put the full faculty contact details in the “Event Description” field.

    Please indicate in the “Room Preference” field if you want a Trimodal room. You can specifically request a Trimodal room. The Trimodal rooms are:

    • Daley 402
    • DPC 5901 (For College of Business use only)
    • Lewis 1405
    • Lewis 1406
    • Lewis 1407
    • O'Malley 343
    • O'Malley 344

    Are there best practices on how to teach in these classrooms?
    Yes - we recommend Hybrid-Flexible Course Design: Implementing student-directed hybrid classes. An Open Educational Resources (OER) that covers design research "into combining online and classroom college students in the same classes, and turning control over participation decisions to students."

    Help! The large touchscreen on the wall is not working with Zoom. I only see the digital whiteboard. What do I do?
    If this happens, try these steps:

    • Touch the word “Open” in the lower left of the screen
    • Select HDMI1
    • This will connect it to the equipment in the Zoom room, and allow the user to use the Zoom whiteboard, which will be seen by all Zoom participants.