Happy New Year and I hope you’re reading this refreshed and ready for a sparkling-new 2022!
With Semester 2 just over a week away, I want to be clear and open with where we are with the roll out of Dual-Mode in this post. The bottom line is that we will be unable to meet our target of upgrading the full 50 rooms in time for the 17 January. We have revised our target to deliver 22 rooms for the 17th, with the rest being commissioned before the end of January. Working with Timetabling, we’ll make every effort to ensure ongoing work does not interfere with teaching, including weekend and evening work. Note that the existing Capture & Stream infrastructure will remain in place until a room is upgraded and commissioned.
Read on for the full details of this revised roll-out schedule along with a reminder of the onboarding opportunities available.
Revised roll-out schedule for Dual-Mode
So, we’re going to be unable to meet our initially stated target of having all 50 Hybrid Teaching Spaces completed by the start of Sem 2 on 17 January, 2022. This is simply due to all of the challenges we’ve all been experiencing with the ongoing pandemic in the run up to Christmas. The project team met this week and have rationalised where we now are and what we can realistically promise for Semester 2.
Which rooms will be upgraded to Dual-Mode in time for Sem 2?
The following rooms (predominantly in Dalhousie) are on track for completion before 17 January. Most of these rooms are almost completed, requiring some finishing touches before final commissioning checks, so we have high confidence in being able to meet this revised target.
|Dalhousie 1S08 Music 2|
|Dalhousie 1S10 Music 1|
|Dalhousie 1S18 Clay|
When will the remaining rooms be completed?
The remaining rooms (listed below), are scheduled to be commissioned between 17 and 31 January. As teaching restarts, these final installations will be worked around existing room bookings so as not to interrupt ongoing teaching.
|Dalhousie 1F01 Env 1|
|Dalhousie 1F06 Env 2|
|Dalhousie 1F18 Env 4|
|Tower Geog Jun Lab|
|Fife Campus Classroom 1|
|Fife Campus Classroom 2|
|Fife Campus Classroom 3|
|Fife Campus Classroom 4|
Although we have been forced to revise our timetable, I’m still very happy with the project progress and confident that hybrid teaching can continue un-interrupted in Sem 2. This is a huge exercise being executed by a relatively small number of people, both in the university and our AV partners, StreamTec.
The Eduzone continues to be available for hands-on sessions:
You can book a 30 minute slot in the Eduzone (Main Library) to try out and get used to the Dual-Mode setup. You can choose between a staffed or un-staffed session depending on whether you want someone in the room to help guide you through the process. This is the very best way to prepare for teaching in a Dual-Mode room as you can come alone or as a group and run through the system until you’re comfortable.
We’ve had great feedback from those who have already tried the new functionality, some of which has already been integrated back into the design. We’ve had a lot of re-assuring comments about how intuitive the controls are, so please do book a session and come give it a try.
Documentation and Walkthrough Video
This is another part of the plan that has been affected by the pandemic and we are still working on getting the formal documentation and experience video published. These will be with you next week and will be included in the next update.
Saying that, hands-on sessions remain the best way to experience and prepare for the Dual-Mode upgrades.
There will be another update coming out next Friday (14 January, 2022) that will detail where we are for the start of Semester. Subscribe to this blog or keep an eye on the Education and Student Experience Teams area. As always let me know any questions you have below, by email or through Teams.