Using Multi-Media in CS Classrooms

Reviewed by bil hays 10/02/2016

All classrooms and conference rooms in Sitterson and Brooks with the exception of FB009 are set up and maintained by Computer Services. Here are some suggestions on how to best use those rooms.

  • Please arrive early and test your computer in the room before you need to make your presentation. If you want help with this, please send email to help@cs.unc.edu and we’ll try to get someone there to help you out. It’s less nerve wracking for everyone if we can test before the time of the presentation.
  • We suggest that you also put a copy of your presentation on a thumbdrive in case we run into problems with your laptop in both powerpoint and pdf formats (the former as the conference rooms and classrooms have PCs running windows in them). It’s also not a bad idea to put your presentation on line where it can be reached with a web browser. Again, if you need help with this, please send email to help@cs.unc.edu.
  • All rooms except FB009 support DVI and SVGA, but how the signal is propagated varies.

    Please bring appropriate dongles for use with your computer if that is how you plan to present.

    Mac users in particular should bring dongles that support both VGA and DVI, some macs have trouble registering with the projector systems. SwitchResX  may be useful in this context. The problems we have encountered with various hardware is one reason we suggest bringing your presentation on a thumb drive.

  • We often record presentations, with the presenter’s permission. The best color combination for presentations is a dark blue background with white text. The brighter the slides are overall, the harder it is for the cameras to balance the image of the speaker and audience with the slides.
  • In the larger rooms, audio, video and lighting are controlled by AMX touch panels. If you want to learn more about how these work, please send email to help@cs.unc.edu and we’ll get the information to you.

More information about the larger classrooms can be found at https://cs.unc.edu/help-article/class-and-conference-room-descriptions/