Enhanced Classroom Technology

Teaching a Hybrid NUflex course in the classroom will be very similar to how previous classes have been taught, and will leverage many of the same teaching tools, including Canvas and Zoom. Many of the classrooms across Northeastern are being optimized to allow faculty to more easily teach a course with the methods of their choosing and with which they are most familiar.

Need Technology Support in the Classroom?

Email [email protected] between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for immediate Instructional Assistant (IA) dispatch. This email is only available for dispatch service. Learn more about the Instructional Assistant program

Have a question or need support afterhours? The IT Service Desk is available to help 24/7. Call 617.373.HELP [4357] to talk with a support representative, or email [email protected].

Classroom Types

Ahead of the fall 2020 semester, over 190 classrooms were outfitted with upgraded technology and systems that maximize the experience for both faculty and students the Hybrid NUflex learning model. All registrar-managed classrooms are configured in one of four types as described below. Please refer to the classrooms by type listings later on this page to see which classrooms are included.

NUflex Auto

NUflex Auto classrooms have full NUflex capabilities as described above, including professional quality cameras and mics that can automatically detect and focus on the class participants who are actively speaking. Over 150 classrooms at the Boston location fall into this type.

NUflex Manual

NUflex Manual classrooms have the same capabilities as NUflex Auto classrooms, with the exception of the auto-detecting cameras and mics, which can be manual switched if the instructor would like to do so. At least 30 classrooms across Northeastern’s global network will be NUflex Manual for the fall.

Standard

Standard classrooms will be unchanged from what faculty and students have seen in the past. Instructors can still teach a Hybrid NUflex class in these rooms, leveraging conferencing tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. To ensure optimal audio quality for remote participants, faculty should plan to request a wireless Lav microphone.

NUflex Carts

Technology will be installed on over 60 carts that will be strategically placed in or around classroom locations to provide Hybrid NUflex capabilities. NUflex Mobile carts feature a single 65″ display, while NUflex Studio carts will have two 65″ displays to enable separate views for content and for video meetings.

Classroom Features Comparison

The chart below helps to visualize the features available for each classroom type. All registrar-managed classrooms will have a computer, audio speakers, and a lectern or table for instructors at the front of the room.

 

Room Feature NUflex Auto NUflex Manual NUflex Carts Standard
Cameras

Professional quality cameras that can auto switch between active speakers

Professional quality cameras that can be manually switched to focus on instructor and students

Fixed on cart

Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera to capture instructor and fixed camera for students

Lecture Capture Microphones*

Professional quality ceiling-mounted mics that can auto switch to pickup active speakers

Professional quality ceiling-mounted mics that can be manually switched between instructor and students

4-6 shotgun mics for instructor and students

2 ceiling-mounted mics for instructor and handheld mic for students

Projector or Display
Projector Projector Mobile Cart – 1 display
Studio Cart – 2 displays
Projector
Solstice Wireless Display
Available in some rooms
HD Audio/Video Conferencing Available, but may be limited in quality due to existing room hardware
Touch Panels
Available in some rooms. Other rooms have push button panels.

 

NUflex Auto

Cameras
Professional quality cameras that can auto switch between active speakers
Lecture Capture Microphones*
Professional quality ceiling-mounted mics that can auto switch to pickup active speakers
Projector or Display Projector
Solstice Wireless Display
HD Audio/Video Conferencing
Touch Panels

NUflex Manual

Cameras
Professional quality cameras that can be manually switched to focus on instructor and students
Lecture Capture Microphones*
Professional quality ceiling-mounted mics that can be manually switched between instructor and students.
Projector or Display Projector
Solstice Wireless Display
HD Audio/Video Conferencing
Touch Panels

NUflex Carts

Cameras
Fixed on cart
Lecture Capture Microphones*

4-6 shotgun mics for instructor and students

Projector or Display Mobile Cart – 1 display
Studio Cart – 2 displays
Solstice Wireless Display
HD Audio/Video Conferencing
Touch Panels

Standard

Cameras
Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera to capture instructor and fixed camera for students
Lecture Capture Microphones*
2 ceiling-mounted mics for instructor and handheld mic for students
Projector or Display Projector
Solstice Wireless Display Available in some rooms
HD Audio/Video Conferencing Available, but may be limited in quality due to existing room hardware
Touch Panels
Available in some rooms. Other rooms have push button panels.

*Faculty teaching on campus can request instructor mics to amplify their voices, if desired in addition to the existing mics already available in classrooms. This will amplify the voices in the room for the benefit of in-person students rather than remote students. This microphone type is not compatible with personal devices or laptops. Learn how to request and use Classroom Mics.

Find Classroom by Type

Below is a list of the registrar-managed classrooms, and some department-managed classrooms, by the type of technology with which they will be outfitted for fall 2020. This list is subject to change.

Additional Hybrid NUflex Classroom Resources

Demonstrations, quick guides, consultations, and other training options are available to help instructors teach Hybrid NUflex classes and work with the classroom technology. Visit the ITS Training website to learn more and find these resources