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Flex classrooms are designed specifically to enable everyone to participate in class activities regardless of their location. Rather than making remote participants feel like "add-ons," observing the workings of the class from afar, they can see and hear the same things that those in the room do, and can actively participate.
DePaul has two types of Flex classrooms: Trimodal rooms and Zoom+ Rooms. There are some common features to both types of rooms, and some differences, as will be explained below. There are also Capture rooms on both campuses, but those are primarily used for lecture capture only, and do not offer the interactive features that will enhance the teaching experience.
Flex classrooms are located on both DePaul campuses, and are a mix of Trimodal, Zoom+ and Capture rooms. For specific room locations and notes, consult the tables on these two pages:
(Note: CDM has a specific set of classrooms because of the Course Online model they've been running for many years.)
Both Trimodal and Zoom+ classrooms allow you to host classes that include active remote participants. These rooms feature a podium with:
View an interactive
demonstration of a Trimodal classroom.
No matter which type of room you may be teaching in, there is plenty of room to move around and stay on camera. The diagrams below represent a rough estimate of the area where the instructor is visible in the room. If needed, you can adjust the camera's field of view in a Trimodal room:
see "Camera View" in these instructions for adjusting the view.
To make sure you can be seen in a Zoom+ or Trimodal classroom, you should do the following:
To make sure you can be heard in a Zoom+ or Trimodal Classroom, you should do the following:
It's important to make sure that the remote students are able to see and hear what is going on. Despite the fabulous technology in the rooms, it is still possible to move out of their field of vision or for them to have difficulty hearing or seeing a demonstration.
If possible, face to face students should be able to see and engage with the remote students directly. This is easiest to do in Trimodal rooms, whose array of multiple monitors make the remote students always visible.
Keep in mind that if you are in a Zoom+ Room, the only way to see the remote students is via the podium computer, unless you share the gallery view.