Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Classroom Update

TLT-Media just can’t leave well enough alone. In addition to upgrading 1/4th of our classroom computers in compliance with our 4 year replacement cycle, we have now installed 16:9 projectors and flat monitors with High-Definition HDMI capability in almost all of our classrooms and meeting rooms.  Lied Auditorium got a new SpaceSaver lectern to free up some real estate in the front and add some much needed practicality.  Just outside Lied in the Hixson Atrium, much requested electrical outlets have been added to satisfy the needs of the Community Blood Bank and various vendor shows.
Speaking of electricity, 2035 Delp got a shot in the arm with more electric receptacles around the room.  Device battery life is improving, but convenient places to charge up mid-day are still welcome.
IR/HIM had a complete re-engineering of the AV structure in 1008 Taylor with an under-carpet electric distribution product called THREAD.  They have wireless transmission to the new projector via a Barco ClickShare device so the clutter and trip hazards of wires and cables is virtually eliminated.  There is also a Smart Technologies KAPP digital capture and re-transmission dry erase board.

For a couple of years we have been working with Cynthia Ukoko in the Office of Accommodations.We have installed wireless FM transmitters in Rieke and Wahl East auditoriums for use with cochlear implants to help those with hearing loss have better access to instructors’ lessons.  We have now designed and purchased a multi-microphone portable system to use in any operating suite which will enable up to three people to have their speech transcribed into text and displayed on a monitor in the OR.  The Med student will now see what is being said or asked by the surgeon and his staff, something very difficult to accomplish in the midst of the noises of a typical OR procedure.  

As always, here is the “file as work-in-progress” project report.  The biggest work in progress is the new Health Education Building (HEB).  When completed in 2017 it will house learning studios for the School of Health Professionals, The School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine.  The technology bid process is being delayed until later this year to ensure it will include the newest available products.

Until the next time, study hard, teach well, and have fun.

- Michael Ciolek 
TLT - Media

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Web Conferencing Tech

With the proliferation of PC/Web-based conferencing applications e.g. Adobe Connect, GoTo Meeting, ZOOM, etc., and others such as Camtasia Relay, there is growing need for video and audio that is higher quality than a monitor mounted WebCam. TLT-Media is answering this need with the announcement of two new products from Logitech.

The first is the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect. It is an all-in-one camera, microphone, and speaker in a convenient table-top format with a single USB connection to your PC or laptop. With 1080p video and 360° sound it is the perfect solution for high quality video/audio for small group collaboration of one to six members at the table.

The other option is the highly flexible Logitech CC3000e. It is a truly “boardroom quality” system with a fully functional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera with wireless remote and an echo-cancelling microphone/speaker base module. The components can be positioned for optimal pickup of mid-sized groups of 6 – 10 people in HD Quality 1080P video. Connect to your PC or laptop for a professional collaborative experience.

TLT-Media will be acquiring both of these game-changers this spring 2016 and will announce their arrival with some fanfare.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

25Live - New Scheduling System

TLT-Media has upgraded to a new room/event scheduling system called 25Live. Many of you frequently used WebReports to check room availability, you can also do this with our new25Live system. Since 25Live is a web-based program, now you can check room availability and submit booking requests from anywhere! Check out our scheduling website for the link and tutorials.  

Written on behalf of Samantha Erickson

Friday, January 22, 2016

New to TLT: Dean, Jeremy & Jessica

Having spent a combined 20 years with the KUMC SON and the Center on Aging, Dean Mehling joined the TLT-EdTech team as eLEarning Support Specialist for the School of Health Professions in December. He brings with him a B.A. in Communication Studies from Montana State University (in his hometown of Billings) and an M.A. in Communication Studies from KU. Dean is looking forward to encouraging better health care workers and using new technologies to enhance learning. He is excited to work more with programs and tools such as Blackboard, 3D printing and media production.

Outside of work, Dean enjoys performing publicly in stage plays, musicals, dinner theater and at the Renaissance Festival. He is an active member of a historical recreating group called the Society for Creative Anachronism and a beginning woodworker. 

Jeremy Edwards joined the TLT Media team as a Media Production Technician in October 2015.  He is a graduate from Missouri Western State University with bachelor degrees in Theatre/Cinema and English Literature. While at Missouri Western, Jeremy worked as a classroom technician. His experience in customer service and technology also includes time at an internet helpdesk in Kansas City, KS. 

Jeremy spends his free time pursuing acting and writing for both stage and screen in the Kansas City area.

Jessica Smith, new eLearning Support Specialist for the School of Medicine, comes to KUMC from the UMKC School of Dentistry, where she spent a large part of her time providing software support, administering ExamSoft & training faculty in its use. Originally planning on teaching, Jessica has a B.A. in English from UMKC. Somewhere along the way, she discovered a love for technology and has spent countless hours teaching herself things such as how to use SQL and VBA to create Access databases. She is looking forward to learning new things, adding new skills, and meeting new people here at KUMC. 

When she’s not busy corralling her 10 year old and 2 year old daughters, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading and writing creative fiction.