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Projection capable classrooms

Please contact us if you would like training on how to use the projection capable classroom (PCC) equipment. Self-help instructions are also offered for specific classroom equipment.

Classroom Technical Services (CTS) developed the University Projection Capable Classroom Standard. This standard is a set of six criteria that the Office of Classroom Management uses as a model system for the design and installation of technology in classrooms and conference rooms.

The six criteria help give faculty and staff the ease-of-use and reliability needed for presentation technology provided by CTS.

PCC classroom standard

  1. A common, consistent and pedagogically-sound learning environment across all learning spaces on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus
  2. Consistent functionality and interfaces with standard operating protocols
  3. Adaptability of design to address specific instructional needs
  4. Reliable, well maintained systems that enhance performance and minimize downtime
  5. Easy management and support of systems and equipment
  6. Remote system monitoring capabilities

Technology 

The PCC standard is the baseline for general purpose classroom technology, and is included in the Classroom Appendix to the U of M Standards and Procedures for Construction. The standard includes basic technology to enhance teaching and learning. 

The following equipment/features are in a PCC standard classroom:

  • Standardized operating protocol
  • Fixed high-resolution data projector and/or flat panel display(s)
  • Internet connectivity at instructor station
  • Wireless student  networking coverage
  • Control system (with networking option)
  • User friendly laptop interface
  • Accessibility features, including microphone system
  • Digital audio/video output via USB connection
  • Hotline phone

Some rooms may have other capabilities, including:

  • Special input/output connectors for user-provided equipment
  • VHS or DVD player (see the retirement plan)
  • Installed computers
  • Document camera