Media Enhanced Classrooms (MEC)

A Media Enhanced Classroom (MEC) is a room that is equipped with a controlled ceiling mounted LCD projector that is capable of projecting a computer or video image onto a projection screen. The Control for this projector is a touch panel that is located on the top of the teacher station. All MECs have a podium that contains a connection for an external laptop and all the audio visual equipment * (i.e.: DVD, audio amp, audio mixer, video switcher). Operating instructions are posted on top of the podium. Some podiums are set up with internal desktop computers and document cameras.

Currently there are 3 levels or tiers of classrooms and conference rooms on campus: Basic, Standard and Premier as well as many other technology systems that are supported by Media Services and Engineering. All levels of MEC’s have Technology Support, trouble requests by phone (863-8910), email (media@uvu.edu) and Text Messaging through the room touch panel.

Equipment and Systems:

Basic

The Basic System is a configuration that provides for video image display in a room from ether a Flat Panel or ceiling hung Projector. In most cases facilitators/ Instructors will need to bring in their own laptop or display device to connect into the system. A simple touch panel or button interface will facilitate turning on and off the system as well as changing the audio volume and inputs to the display. This system is scalable to become a standard system. The approximate cost of this system is $5000 dollars. Please note that this is a budgetary number and is a base-line reference only.   The estimate is not meant to be used for the actual A/V budget of any project.

Basic System Summary

  • Display- Flat Panel or ceiling hung Projector
  • System Control- Button Panel or Touch Panel Control of Basic Functions: Power, Volume and Input.
  • Teacher Station/Podium
  • Power Outlets- For external devices
  • Input Plate- For laptop or other Auxiliary device input
  • Technology Support: Support and trouble requests by phone and email.
  • Security and Equipment Monitoring- Various Security and Deterrent systems have been implemented at UVU including but not limited to: Physical Locks, IP monitoring, Bugging, GPS, and Surveillance Cameras.

Standard

The second level of system is the Standard system. This system is the system that currently exists in most rooms on the UVU campus. It has the same features as a basic system with various additional items including extended touch panel control of sources. The approximate cost of this system is $12,000 dollars.

Standard System Summary

  • Display- Flat Panel or ceiling hung Projector
  • System Control- Touch Panel Control with extended device control features: Power, Volume and Input select, Menus etc…
  • Teacher Station/Podium
  • Audio- Speakers and Amplifier
  • Power Outlets- For external devices
  • Input Plate- with VGA, DVI, and RCA video inputs as well as 1/8” and RCA audio inputs. Plate will also have USB A input for room computer, USB B connection for a student response system receiver, and a data connection.
  • Room Computer- Computer integrated into the teacher station with access to network drives and the internet.
  • Blu Ray Player- Playback of Blu Ray disks, DVD, and Audio CD’s
  • Document Cameras- Ceiling or desk top document camera for display of documents or 3D objects on the room display
  • SRS- Student Response Software and Receivers are in place for the room computer as well as a Receiver for laptops.
  • Text Messaging: Technology Support and trouble requests are available through the touch panel as well as by phone and email.
  • Security and Equipment Monitoring- Various Security and Deterrent systems have been implemented at UVU including but not limited to: Physical Locks, IP monitoring, Bugging, GPS, Surveillance Cameras and Room View which allows remote diagnostics & operation of the room.

Premier

The highest level or tier of system is the Premier system. This system is a system that is different than the other two systems in that it uses matrix switching and gives the ability to annotate on all video sources. It has all the same features as a standard system with various additional items including more extensive touch panel control of sources. The approximate cost of this system is $24,000 dollars.

Standard System Summary

  • Display- Flat Panel or ceiling hung Projector
  • System Control- Touch Panel Control with extended device control features: Power, Volume and Input select, Menus etc…
  • Teacher Station/Podium
  • Audio- Speakers and Amplifier
  • Power Outlets- For external devices
  • Input Plate- with VGA, DVI, and RCA video inputs as well as 1/8” and RCA audio inputs. Plate will also have USB A input for room computer, USB B connection for a student response system receiver, and a data connection.
  • Room Computer- Computer integrated into the teacher station with access to network drives and the internet.
  • Blu Ray Player- Playback of Blu Ray disks, DVD, and Audio CD’s
  • Document Cameras- Ceiling or desk top document camera for display of documents or 3D objects on the room display
  • Annotation- The ability to write on and mark up all devices including auxiliary devices using a interactive touch monitor. Monitor can be configured to use a stylus or finger for annotation.
  • Additional Features- These rooms are easily expanded to add features such as additional computers, Codec’s for video conferencing or other features where additional technology resources are required.  
  • SRS- Student Response Software and Receivers are in place for the room computer as well as a Receiver for laptops.
  • Text Messaging: Technology Support and trouble requests are available through the touch panel as well as by phone and email.
  • Security and Equipment Monitoring- Various Security and Deterrent systems have been implemented at UVU including but not limited to: Physical Locks, IP monitoring, Bugging, GPS, Surveillance Cameras and Room View which allows remote diagnostics & operation of the room.

UVU Media can be contacted for consulting questions by calling their administrative assistant 863-6700 in the mornings or by emailing at media@uvu.edu

Please fill out the Project Request Form. Priorities will be set on a first come first serve basis taking into account the impact of projects. General Academic projects will be prioritized through the General Academic office.