USB camera & audio instructions

If you are teaching in a general purpose classroom that is equipped with microphones and/or a camera, you may use the classroom's audio and video system to connect what’s happening at the front of the room to those online or capture a recording.

Connect, select, and adjust

When the USB cable is connected, you will have access to the classroom’s audio output from microphones and video from the installed camera(s) if available.

Step 1: Connect the “USB Camera & Audio” cable.
Locate the USB cable in the outlet pocket of the instructor station and connect it to your device. 

Step 2: Select your sources. On your laptop, select the correct source for camera, microphone, and speakers. To confirm the name of the devices provided to your laptop in your classroom, check this resource:

Step 3: Adjust settings on touchscreen. On the instructor touchscreen control panel, use the “USB Camera Controls” menu to adjust camera settings. This step may not be needed if signals are working correctly. Additionally, it may not be available in all rooms.


USB cable connected to a laptop
Screenshot of the touchscreen control where you can find the submenu for USB input

Recommended preparation

Before your next class, consider taking the following actions to ensure you are ready:

  • Install software on your computer. Both Zoom (for online meetings) or Kaltura Capture (for recordings) are provided by OIT, and both integrate well with Canvas.
  • Schedule a time to test your video workflow in your classroom from start to finish. To confirm technology installed in your classroom, check Room Search.
  • Connect your computer to the classroom audio and video sources via the red USB 2.0 cable with a rectangular connector. Adapters are available at the bookstore for computers limited to USB-C ports.

Find this feature

Any general purpose classroom that has microphones or cameras provides a USB Camera & Audio output. Use Room Search to either confirm available technology or find the best room for your conferencing and recording needs.