Request Equipment

equipment-request-content.jpgDigital Classroom Services provides access to technology that is permanently installed in DCS spaces, delivers portable equipment, and provides semester-long loans. All DCS classrooms have permanently-installed technology that is unlocked according to the class schedule. To see the technology available in your classroom, find your room using our classroom search. If your room does not have permanently installed technology that is required for a class meeting, portable equipment may be requested. Before proceeding to the request form, please review the relevant sections below.

Permanently-Installed Technology

Classes

Permanently-installed technology is unlocked for all regularly-scheduled classes and exams according to the master course schedule. You do not need to request that the technology be unlocked for regularly-scheduled classes, unless the room was booked within two weeks of the class meeting. For such classes or for review sessions and other special class meetings, please fill out the request form below. If the equipment is locked when you arrive at class, please call the DCS Help Desk at 848-445-3612.

Non-Class Use

If you have not done so already, please book the room by contacting Scheduling and Space Management. Please note, in order for us to unlock the technology for your use, you must notify us that you plan to use the equipment. In order to do so, please fill out the form below. There is no charge for use of permanently-installed classroom technology.

Support

While classes are in session, assistance can be requested by calling the Help Desk at 848-445-3612. Please visit the Help Desk page for hours and more information. Support staff responding to calls are available to assist with issues that arise but cannot remain in the room for the duration of the event. However, the dedicated presence of a Support Specialist may be requested by groups at a rate of $25 per hour (3 hour minimum).  Please note, the availability of Support Specialists is limited and not guaranteed and is not available for student groups and non-Rutgers groups. Specialists are not responsible for running presentations but are on site to assist in the use of the classroom technology. Support Specialists are often student workers and are trained to assist with user error, troubleshoot basic equipment malfunctions, and provide backup equipment. We cannot, however, guarantee that they will be able to fix any technical problem that may arise. For that reason, we recommend reserving a backup room that can be used in the event of a complete system failure. Please contact us if you would like referrals to outside audio/visual contractors that have experience providing event support at Rutgers.

Portable Equipment

Deliveries

Classrooms

DCS will deliver equipment for up to four meetings of a course per semester. Please submit one form per course. If you need a piece of equipment for more than four course meetings, please request a semester loan. Please note, deliveries are not available for non-class related events. Such groups are limited to using the equipment that is permanently-installed in rooms.

Chancellor Learning Spaces

DCS will deliver a piece of equipment up to four times per semester. If you would like an item for more than four times, please request a semester loan.

Semester Loans

Equipment provided as a semester loan will remain in the possession of the instructor or department for the duration specified on the form. Loan equipment is picked up from the DCS Help Desk in Tillett Hall room 112 and returned following the last use of the semester. Equipment must be requested separately for each semester needed. Borrowed equipment must be returned before the conclusion of the semester so that it can receive testing and maintenance. So that we can best provide everyone who requests a loan with equipment, we request that faculty within the same department share equipment loans whenever possible. Request a loan using the Equipment Request Form below. Please note, loans are not available for non-class related events. Such groups are limited to using the equipment that is permanently-installed in rooms.

Equipment Available
35mm Slide Projector

35mm Slide Projector

35mm Slide Projectors are used to to project slides on to a screen at the front of the room. DCS slide projectors include a wired remote control that instructors can use to advance through slides.

Air Mouse

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The Gyration Air Mouse Elite allows you to navigate the Digital Classroom Podium's computer or a personal laptop. This mouse allows you to control the cursor by using the mouse on a surface or by activating a feature that allows you to control the cursor with the motion of your hand, providing more fluid and dynamic control. You may also use programmable hand gestures to interact with the computer. With the Gyration Air mouse, you can also left click, right click, scroll, and advance slides. The mouse connects via a USB receiver and is Mac and Windows compatible.

Please note: DCS is piloting the use the Air Mouse beginning in the Summer 2015 semester to determine its value to Rutgers faculty. We invite any feedback you have about your experience us it.

Blu-ray Player

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Blu-ray players can be used to play Blu-rays, DVDs, and audio CDs. If you request a Blu-ray player, DCS will determine if a projector or speaker is also required, depending on your classroom.
CatchBox

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CatchBox is a throwable, cushioned cube microphone that can be passed around the room to participants. Instructors have used CatchBoxes to quickly provide voice amplification to students in large lecture halls and collaborative rooms. 

In some rooms, DCS can hardwire the CatchBox receiver inside the classroom system so that all the instructors need is the box. In other rooms, the CatchBox can be used by plugging the receiver into the room's 1/8" audio cable. Indicate your classroom on the web form and DCS staff will let you know your available options.

CD Player

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DCS CD players may be used to play audio CDs.
Data Projector

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Data projectors - sometimes referred to as laptop projectors or video projectors - are used to project images from a variety of sources, including laptops, phones, tabletsdocument cameras, VCRs, and DVD players. DCS data projectors are provided with a VGA and audio cable. If you are using a laptop or mobile device that does not have a VGA port, you will need to purchase a VGA adapter. If your device has an HDMI output, you can also request a HDMI to VGA converter from DCS. Please visit the How Do I... section for more information about projecting from laptops and mobile devices.
Document Camera

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When connected to a projector, document cameras - also known as visualizers - can display images from documents, books, and other objects. Certain document camera are capable of projecting images from transparencies. To request a transparency-capable document camera, please indicate so in the comments field of your request. If you request a document camera, DCS will determine if a projector is also needed to use the document camera in this room.
DVD Player

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DCS DVD players are capable of playing DVDs and audio CDs. DVD players are delivered with a projector and speaker.
Hand-held Microphone & Speaker

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Larger DCS rooms are equipped with permanent microphone systems. Hand-held microphones and portable speakers can be requested for voice amplification in smaller rooms.

Microphone stands are also available by request.

Hand-held Trackball Mouse

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This wireless mouse can be used to navigate the Digital Classroom Podium's computer or a personal laptop. The hand-held mouse enables you to hold the mouse in one hand while using your thumb to move the cursor with a trackball, scroll pages up and down using a wheel, and right or left click. The mouse connects by plugging a small USB receiver into either a Mac or PC computer. No additional software is required.

Please note: DCS is piloting the use the Hand-held Trackball Mouse beginning in the Summer 2015 semester to determine its value to Rutgers faculty. We invite any feedback you have about your experience us it.

HDMI Cable

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The HDMI cables provided with DCS systems are typically long enough for users to put their laptop or other HDMI device on the system when projecting. If you would like to use your device further away, you may request a 10 foot or 15 foor cable.

 
HDMI to VGA Converter

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This converter is used to connect laptops, phones, or tablets that utilize an HDMI output or HDMI adapter to projectors or classroom systems that only have VGA inputs. To search for classrooms with HDMI inputs, use the advanced classroom search and select "HDMI Input" under the "Additional Items" tab. If your classroom does not have an HDMI input, you can request a converter to connect HDMI outputting devices.

 

iClicker Base

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iClicker is a remote-based system that instructors use to take attendance, give graded quizzes, and poll their students. Students are required to purchase iClicker remote controls from the book store. Those remotes communicate with a base receiver that connects to a computer. Typically, instructors obtain a free base from iClicker and bring it to each class. So that you do not need to obtain and transport the base, you can request to have an iClicker base installed in your room, if your room is already equipped with a computer. You can then access your questions and save responses using a USB drive. Please note, this approach requires that you run polls off of the in-room computer. For more information on using iClickers please view our instructions for using iClicker in DCS rooms or visit the Office of Instructional & Research Technology's iClicker page.

 

International Blu-ray Player

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International, or Region 0, Blu-ray players can play Blu-ray discs from any region. International Blu-ray players come with a projector and speaker.
International DVD Player

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International, or Region 0, DVD players can play DVD discs from any region. International DVD players come with a projector and speaker.
International VCR

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International, or Region 0, VCRs are capable of playing videotapes from any region. If you request an International VCR, DCS will determine if a projector and speaker is also needed.
Laptop Audio Speaker

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Request a laptop audio speaker if you need to play sound from a laptop, phone, or tablet.
Long HDMI Cable

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Some DCS systems are HDMI-capable, allowing instructors to connect mobile devices using an HDMI cable provided in the system. HDMI cables are typically long enough to enable instructors to connect and use devices in the vicinity of the system. Instructors may request a longer HDMI cable so that they may use their laptop at the instructor's table or elsewhere in the classroom. If the HDMI cable provided in your classroom does not allow you to connect from your desired location, please fill out the form below and, in the comments field, indicate your classroom and from where in the classroom you would like connect your laptop. We will then determine the appropriate HDMI cable required. To see if your classroom system is HDMI capable, please search for your classroom and check the "Additional Items" field on the "Features" tab. You may also search for HDMI-capable classrooms using the Advanced Classroom Search.
Long VGA Cable

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DCS systems are VGA-capable, allowing instructors to connect mobile devices using a VGA cable provided in the system. VGA cables are typically long enough to enable instructors to connect and use devices in the vicinity of the system. Instructors may request a longer VGA cable so that they may use their laptop at the instructor's table or elsewhere in the classroom. If the VGA cable provided in your classroom does not allow you to connect from your desired location, please fill out the form below and, in the comments field, indicate your classroom and from where in the classroom you would like connect your laptop. We will then determine the appropriate VGA cable required.
Microphone Stand

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For use with hand-held microphones
Stylus

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A stylus can be used with Digital Classroom Systems to write on the touchscreen. The stylus can be helpful when annotating presentation material or using the digital whiteboard available on the computer.
Tripod

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DCS web cams can be placed on top of podiums, tables, and desks and angled up and down. Tripods are available for instructors wishing to position the web cam in additional locations.
VCR

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VCRs are used to play videotapes. If you request a VCR, DCS will determine if a projector and speaker is necessary, depending on your classroom. You may also contact the Media Center to convert or obtain your film in a digital format that can be played in DVD players or on computers.
Wacom Bamboo Pad

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The Wacom Bamboo Pad comes with a stylus that can be used as a mouse and to write and annotate over images on the Digital Classroom Podium or personal laptops. This pad is designed to provide a detailed image when used in conjunction with notation software. It also serves as a touchpad, enabling you to use hand gestures, such as swiping, scrolling, and zooming. The pad connects via a USB receiver and is compatible with Windows and Mac machines.

Please note: DCS is piloting the use the Wacom Bamboo Pad beginning in the Summer 2015 semester to determine its value to Rutgers faculty. We invite any feedback you have about your experience us it.

Web Camera

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The web camera can be used with a Digital Classroom Podium or most personal laptops to video chat or record. DCS uses the Logitech C615, which includes a built-in microphone and is Mac and Windows compatible. It connects via USB. The camera's microphone is powerful enough to capture audio in most smaller classrooms. In larger rooms, we recommend using a separate microphone. For more information about using web cams, how to video chat, and how to use an additional microphone, please contact DCS.

DCS web cams can be placed on top of podiums, tables, and desks and angled up and down. Tripods are available for instructors wishing to position the web cam in additional locations.

Wired Lavaliere Microphone & Speaker

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A wired lavaliere mic consists of a body pack which can be attached to a belt or put in a pocket, a small microphone that clips on the lapel or collar, and a cord that connects to an in room system or speaker. Wired lavaliere microphones are hands-free, but unlike wireless lavaliere microphones, must be plugged in to be used. Wireless microphones are not available by request as they require the presence of an in-class wireless receiver system. Rooms that are wireless-capable are already equipped with wireless microphones. If a wired lavaliere microphone is requested, DCS will determine if the in-class speaker system can be used or if a portable speaker is required.
Wireless Pen Mouse

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The Genius Wireless Pen Mouse allows you to control the cursor on the Digital Classroom Podium's computer or on a personal laptop by "writing" on any surface. In addition to functioning as a mouse, the wireless pen can be used with annotation software to notate over computer images. The Wireless Pen also has buttons for controlling slide presentations. The Pen is Windows compatible and may require a software download on some computers.

Please note: DCS is piloting the use the Wireless Pen beginning in the Summer 2015 semester to determine its value to Rutgers faculty. We invite any feedback you have about your experience us it. For more details writing, we recommend the Wacom Bamboo Pad.

Wireless Presenter

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Wireless presenters, or "clickers," are commonly used to advance slide presentations. DCS offers the Satechi SP400, which is compatible with the Digital Classroom Podium and most Mac and Windows laptops. The wireless presenter comes with a USB stick. The stick plugs into the podium or laptop and allows instructors to wireless control their presentation from anywhere in the room. The SP400 also allows you to use the remote control as a mouse.

 

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