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.

What to Expect in Classrooms this Fall

Though configurations in some classrooms will differ slightly, the majority of registrar-managed* classrooms will feature a consistent experience, including standardized A/V touch control panels, and upgraded classroom computers and audio speakers. These upgrades will provide faculty with the capability, as needed, to:

  • Choose whether to present from a classroom computer or from a personal device, such as a laptop or tablet, through a wired or wireless connection;
  • Sign into Canvas to access the class’ home base and to start the video or audio meeting;
  • Connect teaching tool of choice—Zoom or Microsoft Teams—to the room systems through automatic detection;
  • Use a digital whiteboard to help in-person and remote participants visualize concepts and equations;
  • Invite all students to participate and join in dialogue and conversation;
  • Mute and unmute microphones throughout the room, as needed;
  • Provide any student with the ability to present from their personal device wirelessly and remotely; and
  • Teach with minimal disruptions and downtimes, through increased staff support and more reliable, remotely-monitored in-room systems.

* The capabilities and information on this site refer to registar-managed classrooms. There are additional classrooms managed by individual departments and programs. Please refer to the managing departments for information and support for these additional spaces.

 

Classroom Types

Over 180 classrooms are being outfitted with upgraded technology and systems that enable the Hybrid NUflex learning model. All registrar-managed classrooms will be configured in one of four types as described below. Some department-managed classrooms will also be upgraded for fall 2020 during this initiative. 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.

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.

Standard

Standard classrooms will be unchanged from what faculty and students have seen in the past. Leveraging conferencing tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and using existing cameras, instructors’ mics, and a handheld mic for students, instructors can still teach a Hybrid NUflex class in these rooms.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Classrooms 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. Photos of each of the classrooms are available, but should only be used to reference room size and shape. Technology and furniture configurations may not be accurate.

NUflex Auto

Room Building Name
BK 105 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 204 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 210 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 30 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 307 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 7 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
DG 111 Dodge Hall
DG 119 Dodge Hall
DG 130 Dodge Hall
DG 140 Dodge Hall
DG 170 Dodge Hall
DG 173 Dodge Hall
DG 230 Dodge Hall
DG 270 Dodge Hall
DG 330 Dodge Hall
DG 370 Dodge Hall
DG 430 Dodge Hall
DG 470 Dodge Hall
DG 50 Dodge Hall
DG 70 Dodge Hall
DK 104 Dockser Hall
DK 30 Dockser Hall
DK 32 Dockser Hall
DK 40 Dockser Hall
DK 42 Dockser Hall
DK 44 Dockser Hall
DK 46 Dockser Hall
FR 128 Forsyth Building
FR 130 Forsyth Building
FR 150 Forsyth Building
FR 202 Forsyth Building
FR 235 Forsyth Building
FR 237 Forsyth Building
FR 241 Forsyth Building
FR 242 Forsyth Building
HA 221 Hayden Hall
HA 222 Hayden Hall
HA 321 Hayden Hall
HA 322 Hayden Hall
HA 424 Hayden Hall
HA 425 Hayden Hall
HS 100 Hastings Hall
HS 101 Hastings Hall
HS 102 Hastings Hall
HS 103 Hastings Hall
HS 104 Hastings Hall
HS 105 Hastings Hall
HS 106 Hastings Hall
HS 109 Hastings Hall
HS 110 Hastings Hall
HS 114 Hastings Hall
HS 118 Hastings Hall
HS 119 Hastings Hall
HS 200 Hastings Hall
HS 201 Hastings Hall
HS 202 Hastings Hall
HS 204 Hastings Hall
HS 205 Hastings Hall
HS 206 Hastings Hall
INV 13 International Villiage
INV 14 International Villiage
INV 16 International Villiage
INV 18 International Villiage
KA 102 Kariotis Hall
KA 104 Kariotis Hall
KA 208 Kariotis Hall
KA 5 Kariotis Hall
RI 140 Richards Hall
RI 155 Richards Hall
RI 160 Richards Hall
RI 165 Richards Hall
RI 225 Richards Hall
RI 226 Richards Hall
RI 227 Richards Hall
RI 228 Richards Hall
RI 229 Richards Hall
Room Building Name
RI 231 Richards Hall
RI 233 Richards Hall
RI 235 Richards Hall
RI 237 Richards Hall
RI 239 Richards Hall
RI 241 Richards Hall
RI 243 Richards Hall
RI 275 Richards Hall
RI 325 Richards Hall
RI 325A Richards Hall
RY 124 Ryder Hall
RY 126 Ryder Hall
RY 128 Ryder Hall
RY 141 Ryder Hall
RY 143 Ryder Hall
RY 145 Ryder Hall
RY 147 Ryder Hall
RY 153 Ryder Hall
RY 154 Ryder Hall
RY 155 Ryder Hall
RY 156 Ryder Hall
RY 157 Ryder Hall
RY 158 Ryder Hall
RY 159 Ryder Hall
RY 161 Ryder Hall
RY 202 Ryder Hall
RY 203 Ryder Hall
RY 204 Ryder Hall
RY 205 Ryder Hall
RY 207 Ryder Hall
RY 209 Ryder Hall
RY 215 Ryder Hall
RY 217 Ryder Hall
RY 220 Ryder Hall
RY 233 Ryder Hall
RY 235 Ryder Hall
RY 243 Ryder Hall
RY 245 Ryder Hall
RY 247 Ryder Hall
RY 264 Ryder Hall
RY 265 Ryder Hall
RY 266 Ryder Hall
RY 267 Ryder Hall
RY 268 Ryder Hall
RY 269 Ryder Hall
RY 270 Ryder Hall
RY 271 Ryder Hall
RY 273 Ryder Hall
RY 275 Ryder Hall
RY 277 Ryder Hall
RY 283 Ryder Hall
RY 285 Ryder Hall
RY 291 Ryder Hall
RY 293 Ryder Hall
RY 296 Ryder Hall
RY 297 Ryder Hall
RY 299 Ryder Hall
RY 394 Ryder Hall
RY 429 Ryder Hall
RY 431 Ryder Hall
RY 433 Ryder Hall
RY 435 Ryder Hall
RY 452 Ryder Hall
RY 454 Ryder Hall
RY 456 Ryder Hall
RY 460 Ryder Hall
SL 2 Snell Library
SL 31 Snell Library
SL 35 Snell Library
SL 37 Snell Library
SL 39 Snell Library
SL 43 Snell Library
SL 45 Snell Library
SL 47 Snell Library
SL 49 Snell Library
KA 308 Kariotis Hall

NUflex Manual

Room Building Name
BD 205 Hilton Hotel – 89 Broad St Boston
BD 211 Hilton Hotel – 89 Broad St Boston
BD 217 Hilton Hotel – 89 Broad St Boston
BD 223 Hilton Hotel – 89 Broad St Boston
BD 231 Hilton Hotel – 89 Broad St Boston
BD 237 Hilton Hotel – 89 Broad St Boston
EL 311 Ell Hall
EL 408 Ell Hall
EL 410 Ell Hall
EL 411 Ell Hall
HT 308 Hurtig Hall
HT 310 Hurtig Hall
Room Building Name
RB 411 Robinson Hall
SE 20 Stetson Hall
WVF 116 West Villiage – Bldg “F”
WVF 118 West Villiage – Bldg “F”
EL 311 Ell Hall
EL 408 Ell Hall
EL 410 Ell Hall
EL 411 Ell Hall
HT 308 Hurtig Hall
HT 310 Hurtig Hall
RB 411 Robinson Hall
SE 20 Stetson East

NUflex Cart

Room Building Name
BK 750 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
WVF 114 West Villiage – Bldg “F”

Standard

Room Building Name
RI 458 Richards Hall
HA 012 Hayden Hall
HT 224 Hurtig Hall
RI 236 Richards Hall
SL 115 Snell Library
SL 117 Snell Library
RI 238 Richards Hall
BK 010 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 310 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 320 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 325 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
CG 094 Cargill Hall
CG 097 Cargill Hall
CH 101 Churchill Hall
CH 103 Churchill Hall
DK 220 Dockser Hall
DK 230 Dockser Hall
DK 240 Dockser Hall
DK 250 Dockser Hall
DG 150 Dodge Hall
EV 00M2 East Village
EV 002 East Village
EV 008 East Village
EV 010 East Village
EV 024 East Village
EV 102 East Village
FR 129 Forsyth Building
FR 151 Forsyth Building
HT 129 Hurtig Hall
HT 130 Hurtig Hall
INV 019 International Village
INV 022 International Village
KA 011 Kariotis Hall
KA 110 Kariotis Hall
KA 202 Kariotis Hall
KA 204 Kariotis Hall
KA 209 Kariotis Hall
KA 302 Kariotis Hall
KA 304 Kariotis Hall
KA 309 Kariotis Hall
KN 002A Knowles Center
KN 002B Knowles Center
KN 010 Knowles Center
RB 107 Robinson Hall
RB 109 Robinson Hall
RB 409 Robinson Hall
SH 105 Shillman Hall
SH 135 Shillman Hall
SH 210 Shillman Hall
Room Building Name
SH 215 Shillman Hall
SH 220 Shillman Hall
SH 305 Shillman Hall
SH 315 Shillman Hall
SH 320 Shillman Hall
SH 325 Shillman Hall
SH 335 Shillman Hall
SH 415 Shillman Hall
SH 420 Shillman Hall
SH 425 Shillman Hall
SN 108 Snell Engineering Center
SN 168 Snell Engineering Center
SL 001 Snell Library
SL 003 Snell Library
SL 005 Snell Library
SL 007 Snell Library
SL 009′ Snell Library
SL 011 Snell Library
SL 012 Snell Library
SL 013 Snell Library
SL 015 Snell Library
SL 017 Snell Library
SL 033 Snell Library
SL 111 Snell Library
SL 119 Snell Library
SL 131 Snell Library
SL 123 Snell Library
SL 125 Snell Library
WVC 140 West Villiage – Bldg “C”
WVF 020 West Villiage – Bldg “F”
WVG 102 West Villiage – Bldg “G”
WVG 104 West Villiage – Bldg “G”
WVG 106 West Villiage – Bldg “G”
WVG 108 West Villiage – Bldg “G”
WVH 108 West Villiage – Bldg “H”
WVH 110 West Villiage – Bldg “H”
FR 238 Forsyth Building
RI 300 Richards Hall
ISEC 136 Interdisciplinary Science
ISEC 138 Interdisciplinary Science
ISEC 140 Interdisciplinary Science
ISEC 142 Interdisciplinary Science
BK 220 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
BK 315 Behrakis Health Sciences Ctr.
EL 312 Ell Hall
FR 201 Forsyth Building
FR 236 Forsyth Building
MU 201 Mugar Life Sciences Building
WVF 010 West Villiage – Bldg “F”

Hybrid NUflex Classroom Technology Resources

Increased staff for real-time support and troubleshooting for classroom technology will be available. Prepare and learn more about designing and teaching a Hybrid NUflex class in this self-paced Canvas course, which now includes a module on classroom technology. Keep checking this site and the ITS Training website as new resources continue to be added.