Class capture

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 record your class.

Not all rooms have been installed with the same connections. In most classrooms, you can connect your laptop to the classroom microphone and camera by either using a provided USB cable or directly to the equipment rack with your own RCA cables. 

Please email classrm@umn.edu to either request information on the connections available in your classroom or to start a conversation about what’s needed to record in your classroom.

USB cable

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

Step 1: Locate the USB cable in the outlet pocket of the instructor station and connect it to your device.

Step 2: Select the correct source for camera, microphone, and speakers in the settings of your software. Often, these will be initially set to your laptop's built-in microphone, webcam, and speakers and will need to be changed.

Step 3: On the instructor touchscreen control panel, select the appropriate camera in the “USB Camera Controls” menu. You can use either the camera installed at the rear of the classroom or the output from the document camera.

 

USB
Screenshot of the touchscreen control where you can find the submenu for USB input

Audio cables

You can use audio cables to connect the classroom’s audio system to your laptop via a connection on the equipment rack. These cables do not provide video. 

What you will need: An audio connection with a headphone jack on one end and a single RCA plug on the other end. Keep in mind that you will likely need an adapter (or two) to get from one connection type to the other. Most computers today have a headset style jack and will need an adapter that can work with that type of jack.

Step 1: Connect the headphone cable into the jack on your laptop.

Step 2: Plug the RCA cable into the front of the equipment rack where it says “System Line Level.”

Step 3: Be certain that the software you are using is set to record from an external microphone connection and not the internal laptop microphone.

photo of audio cables - both headset adapter and an RCA style cable end

OIT resources

The University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) has prepared and collected valuable resources for the use of certain classroom technologies. Please visit these pages if you need additional support for:

Find this feature

Use Room Search to find out the specific equipment that can be found in a specific classroom.