If you are teaching in the Central Courtyard (building 1CC) for the first time, here’s some information, resources and support to help you get connected and comfortable with the technology in these spaces.

Using the technology for teaching in 1CC

If you haven’t taught in 1CC before, this video will get you up and running with operating the technology.

Teaching on campus with some students joining online?

The teaching spaces in 1CC are now Zoom enabled. This TECHE post, Central Courtyard upgraded for Zoom teaching, contains a Quick Guide to get set up to teach via Zoom, PLUS teaching tips and a troubleshooting guide.

This Blended Synchronous Teaching at MQ Guide contains information about using the technology and tools currently available at MQ to support blended synchronous teaching.

Tips on how to make this work:

Visit the Teaching Development resources site (Student Learning and Support) for more resources on Blended Synchronous Teaching (click on the heading ‘Planning & facilitating student learning’ and then scroll down to the section headed ‘Blended Synchronous Teaching’.

Frequently asked questions about teaching in 1CC

Things to know before your first class:

How different is the technology in these rooms compared to other active learning spaces? 

The interface iPad (touch screen) is similar to the control panels on most lecterns – but there will be some different options and different ways to control the room – and there are multiple screens that can be used.

How do I know what equipment is in the 1CC room that I will be teaching in?

Access the Rooms and Facilities Guide and select your room number to find out what equipment and facilities are in each room (from the room profile).

Will there be instructions in the room on how to use the technology? 

Yes, there is a HELP MODE button on the touch screen (at the Teacher’s Point) which will provide up-to-date instructions for activating everything in the room.

I’ve heard there are no lecterns in 1CC. Is this correct?

Yes, that’s correct. There is a portable note stand on wheels (image to the right) that you can move around the room with you and put your papers on (but note that it does not have an inbuilt microphone and you can’t connect any technology to it). The technology controls are at the teachers Point.

Where do I put my stuff if there is no lectern?

There is a dedicated ‘Teacher point’ located right next to the door in each room. It has a bench, hooks and a drawer – this is where you put your ‘stuff’. You control everything from here using the touch panel (lights, blinds, phone, AV). It has as a computer, keyboard and mouse, 1 handheld microphone, and 1 lapel mic. There’s a power point behind the computer screen where you can charge your laptop.

Do the windows open?

No, there are no openable windows. All the rooms are air conditioned and controlled centrally (i.e. there are no in-room air conditioning controls). There are some terraces where you can go outside.

Is there a visualiser (document camera) in the room?

No, these rooms have not been equipped with a visualiser. There is visualiser capability via the ceiling camera.

My students will be using whiteboards during class – do I need to bring my own set of whiteboard markers?

Yes, staff will need to bring their own whiteboard markers (and eraser) as there is no supply of these in the room.

What else do I need to bring to class?

Depending on how you intend to use the room, you may like to consider bringing:

  • Whiteboard markers and an eraser
  • Adaptors – there are HDMI cables in the room but depending on your device, you may need a different adaptor e.g usb-c to HDMI adapter.
  • Clicker or pointer: If you intend to walk through the room while using the audio-visual equipment, you may want to BYO clicker or wireless mouse. Alternatively connect a mobile device (tablet or phone) via Air Server Connect to present content from the mobile device.
  • Butchers paper and pins for the felt walls.
If I move the furniture during my class, do I need to move it back at the end of class? How should I leave the room?

The room should be left tidy for the next class but there is no requirement to return the room to any particular layout. Staff are encouraged to move the furniture around to configurations that best suit the desired learning environment. You may come up with innovative new layouts that the architects had not even thought of!

However, furniture movement between rooms is an absolute no-no. Each room has specific furniture allocated to it and there should be no mixing of furniture between rooms otherwise the design features of the spaces will be lost.

Is there any advice about how to move the furniture around safely, particularly if we are getting the students to help (i.e. any WHS issues to be aware of)?

The furniture is designed to be fully mobile to allow flexibility in the way the spaces are used.

Tables in most of the rooms can be moved around to create small or large groups.

What is the latest COVID-19 advice from Macquarie University?

Get the latest information about any COVID19 arrangements here. 

Using the technology and features of the room during class:

How do I log into the room for the first time?

When using a new room and its resident PC for the first time, users should allow time to log in and for the PC to configure for the new user.

This may take approx. 10 minutes.

You will also be required to check the settings are correct for your camera and microphone in the Zoom application if teaching a Hybrid session.

These settings and configurations will be memorised for future sessions and require less time to start up.

Are the blinds and lights easy to operate?

Yes, the default setting is for the blinds to be open and the lights to be on. There are instructions at the Teacher’s Point on how to put the blinds up and down (together or independently), and dim the lights, if you need to darken the room for presentations. Note that the shades (but not the blackout blinds) may come down automatically depending on the time of day and orientation of the room in relation to the sun. This is an automated setting to achieve Greenstar compliance.

How do I connect my laptop to the AV in the room?

Connect your laptop using the HDMI cable located at the teacher’s point. HDMI cables are provided for students in rooms where there are group pods. Both teachers and students will need to bring their own adapter if the laptop does not have a HDMI out. For example, most MacBook laptops from 2016-2021 require a USB-C to HDMI adapter to connect to an external display.

Can teachers charge their laptop during class?

Yes, there are 2 power point sockets behind the resident computer monitor located at the teacher point.

Can students charge their laptops?

Yes, there are power points located around the rooms for students to charge their laptops, however, please note that there are only a limited number of power points. Most of the moveable tables and chairs don’t have any option for charging laptops. In the larger rooms, such as 101 and 109, there are power points located under the fixed booths and benches. In the active learning rooms, where there are group pod workspaces, there are also power points where students can charge their laptops (however there won’t be enough to accommodate every student at the same time). Like most other teaching spaces, power points are limited, and the expectation Is that students make sure their devices are charged before each class.

How do I project a physical document so that the whole class can view it since there is no visualiser?

It is possible to use the camera in the room (mounted on the ceiling) as a visualiser by placing the moveable lectern directly underneath and using the controls on the touch panel to position and zoom in on a document. Please note that due to the different layout and sizes of the rooms, the cameras are positioned in slightly different areas, and may not be ideal for everyone’s teaching style. Alternatively, you can use a mobile device such as an iPhone/tablet to zoom in on a paper using the camera on the device, while sharing with AirServer.

Can students share information within their group (by displaying information from their own laptop to their groups screen?)

Students can easily share information from their laptop device in active learning space rooms where there are group pods.

How do I change slides on the screen without having to race back to the Teachers point?

We recommend that teaching staff bring their own USB clicker device and connect it to the resident PC in the room via the USB port on the front of the resident computer.

How do I make best use of the ceiling camera? What can you do with it?

The ceiling camera can be controlled via the touch panel by selecting the camera icon, once the system has been turned on. The ceiling camera control will have 4 arrows which can be used to move the camera up and down, side to side. The ceiling camera can be used to record through Echo and is automatically routed, meaning that, once selected, the feed is automatically sent to echo. There are 4 savable pre-sets, which can be changed to suit your teaching requirements. This can be done by positioning the camera and then holding down one of the preset buttons (1-4) for around 3-5 seconds, the pre-set option will blink a few times to indicate that the pre-set has been saved. Doing this allows you to switch between different shots effortlessly – perfect for demonstrations, presentations and group work.

How can the in room microphones be used?

There are 2 microphones in the room, a lapel microphone and a handheld microphone. These both can be used by turning them on, however the system must be ON! They should already be sync’d to the room and will be ready for use.

What if I have a technology hiccup in the middle of my class?

Call AVTS on 9850 7571.

During Sessions 1 and 2, AVTS is staffed between 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday. During other times AVTS is staffed between 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Tips from teaching staff using the spaces:

Here’s what staff who have taught in these spaces have to say
  • Take whiteboard markers with you – and erasers. There is a lot of space for whiteboard drawing.
  • Take butcher’s paper and pins for the felt walls. Get the students drawing and brainstorming with paper and markers.
  • Use as many student senses as possible. The rooms are meant to get the students active and physically, and mentally engaged in the learning experience. Students can physically move around easily and feel comfortable.
  • If you intend to walk through the room while using the audio-visual equipment, you may want to BYO “clicker” or wireless mouse.
  • Bringing some name tags for students in the initial few weeks helps you learn their names and makes the space more personal.
  • Collaborative furniture means students can work together. They can research, discuss, create new content, and become part of the learning experience – you just need to facilitate it.
  • Let students make decisions about where they sit and how they sit – student choice is an important part of engaging students – let them make choices so they are prepared to connect to the learning. Students automatically seemed to gravitate towards the style of seating they preferred.
  • Meet up with other teachers who are using the room, or similar rooms, and share ideas.

I suggest other staff teaching there for the first time get a run through on the AV because ’while it is intuitive, it’s only intuitive if you have a sort of an idea how it all works in the first place.’

Update on the technology upgrade in 1CC teaching spaces

In response to staff feedback on teaching in 1CC some enhancements have been made. These include altering the blind and light default settings and adding HDMI cables for students to connect their devices in the rooms with group pods. Technology enhancements to support blended synchronous learning using Zoom have now been completed. This TECHE post contains a Quick Guide/instructions for getting set up to teach via Zoom.

“This is the most beautiful teaching space I’ve ever taught in, and the students love the different seating. It is really helping to make my classes engaging and interesting.”

(Response from the 1CC Evaluation Survey conducted S1 2021)

Post updated 1 April 2022.

Posted by L&T Development

The Learning and Teaching Staff Development team works with staff across the University to ensure they are supported to facilitate quality learning for students. This includes offering professional development, contributing to curriculum and assessment design, recognising and rewarding good practice, supporting peer review of teaching, and leading scholarly reflection. Email professional.learning@mq.edu.au with questions or requests.


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