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
- A common, consistent and pedagogically-sound learning environment across all learning spaces on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus
- Consistent functionality and interfaces with standard operating protocols
- Adaptability of design to address specific instructional needs
- Reliable, well maintained systems that enhance performance and minimize downtime
- Easy management and support of systems and equipment
- Remote system monitoring capabilities
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
- Document camera
- Digital audio/video output via USB connection
Some rooms may have other capabilities, including:
- Special input/output connectors for user-provided equipment
- DVD player (see the retirement plan)
- Installed computers