Classroom
Technology

Walk into the room knowing what to expect, how
to get assistance if you need it, and how to find resources to help you reimagine your classroom experience.

The Classroom Experience Starts with AET


Academic & Emerging Technology (AET) staff are here to provide you with technology in classrooms and learning spaces on campus that are flexible, easy to use, and reliable.


No matter if you're brand new to campus or founding faculty, AET is here to help you troubleshoot problems, learn more about our core technologies, and explore new avenues to bring engaging, cutting-edge classroom experiences to life.

BYOD+A
Bring your Own device + Adapter


UC Merced employs a 'bring your own device + adapter' (BYOD+A) model in all its instructional spaces, which allows the greatest flexibility for instructors and for sustainable space support as our campus continues to grow.


Please plan to bring your own laptop or tablet plus all appropriate adapters with you when you teach. Be sure to contact us if you need additional help connecting to room devices.

IN Analog Classrooms:


You'll find these devices in COB* and SSM*.

  • Projector/LCD screen that supports standard definition 1024 x 768
  • Document camera
  • BluRay/DVD player (by request only)
  • TurningTechnologies (Clicker) Receiver
  • Assistive Listening System (by request through Disability Services)
  • VGA Connection for a laptop
  • Apple Thunderbolt to VGA adapter


*excluding COB 110, COB 114, and SSM 104

IN Digital Classrooms:


You'll find these devices in ACS (Arts & Computational Sciences), COB2, KL, GLCR, GRAN, SE2, SRE (Sustainability Research & Engineering), SSB, COB 110, COB 114, and SSM 104.

  • HD Projector/LCD screen that supports 1080p
  • Document camera
  • BluRay/DVD Player (by request only)
  • TurningTechnologies (Clicker) Receiver
  • Assistive Listening System (by request through Disability Services)
  • HDMI Connection for your laptop
  • Apple Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter
  • DisplayPort to HDMI adapter

For Help, Press 1

If room technology in your classroom is not performing as expected, please call the OIT Service Desk at 209-228-HELP (4357) and press 1 to be connected to AET.


We will dispatch an AET support technician immediately. During scheduled instructional time, our goal is to minimize the disruption to your class. Whenever possible, we will fix the problem or identify an acceptable workaround quickly, and address underlying issues when class is not in session.

Connect with us

During the first week of classes, AET staff make every effort to 'drop in' to classes being held in large spaces (90+ seats), new instructional spaces, spaces with known issues, and classes taught by new instructors. This way, we can answer any questions you may have about room technology right then and there.


If your classes don't meet these criteria or if you need additional help, we are available to schedule 1:1 consultations to go over room operations and answer other questions. We also offer more specific trainings on various technologies by request. Use the button below to get started.

Analog Classrooms

UC Merced is a young campus by any standard, but technology progresses quickly and the intense demands on our classroom equipment do eventually take their toll.


As classroom equipment ages and new technologies come to market, AET is constantly reviewing, evaluating, and testing equipment and applications that serve the teaching and learning community and provide scalable campus technology solutions. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at aet@ucmerced.edu.

CatCourses is UC Merced’s Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). It provides a central repository for all academic course sites in which instructors can interact with and provide educational materials to their students.


CatCourses automatically generates course sites for all UC Merced courses, and instructors gain access to their course sites as soon as they are assigned as the Instructor of Record (IOR). Student rosters are automatically updated as they change with the Registrar, and students gain access to course sites one week prior to the start of instruction each semester.

Get Support


UC Merced has contracted with the CatCourses vendor to provide 24/7 support to faculty, instructors, and TAs, including live chat and phone support. To get help, log in to CatCourses and click the “Help” link on the left-hand side of any page.

AET is available to provide convenient 1:1 training and consultation for CatCourses upon request. We can help with topics such as:


  • Course site setup and management
  • Clicker (audience response system) integration
  • TurnItIn integration
  • Using Kaltura (video streaming service) through CatCourses


You can also access vendor-supported user guides using the link below.

Kaltura Video Streaming Services

Kaltura is UC Merced's cloud-based video management system that allows faculty to securely host instructional videos in CatCourses for student use.

Instructional video is a proven way to increase engagement and creativity, foster a sense of community among your students, and improve learning outcomes. It's also a great way to deliver basic course content so that you can do more with your in-class time.

If you would like to learn more about Kaltura, you can search our Knowledge Base for Kaltura or browse through the Kaltura Online Tutorials. We also offer 1:1 consultations and trainings—just click the button below to get started.

The video above is a snippet of an actual instructional video recorded by UC Merced professor Jeffrey Yoshimi.

TEAL
Technology enhanced Active Learning

Technology-enabled active learning (TEAL) is a teaching format that merges facilitated discussions, simulations, and hands-on desktop experiments to create a rich collaborative learning experience. UC Merced has four TEAL Labs for faculty use: two with 45 seats and two with 90 seats.


TEAL rooms offer a fundamentally different learning environment from other instructional spaces on campus because of the design, layout, technology, and potential pedagogical choices available to the instructor.


Click below to learn more about how to design a course utilizing TEAL technologies for spring 2020 and beyond.