John Walker Al Wolfgang
Steve Harley Jeff Tardaguila
Pac Polin Melissa Green
John Barry Ken Moody
Technology Committee:
(top row) John Walker, Al Wolfgang,
(2nd row) Steve Harley, Jeff Tardaguila
(3rd row) Pac Polin (chairman), Melissa Green
(bottom) John Barry, Ken Moody

Tech Help for Seminars

Want To Use Some Media for Your Seminar Presentations?

Here Are Some Technical Tips!

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If you would like to jazz up your seminar presentation with some media (DVD or VHS videos, PowerPoint, photos, YouTube, etc.), here are some helpful hints.

Well ahead of your presentation date, talk with your seminar coordinator about your needs. Plan to bring your stuff to the class a week or so early to make sure it will work! Most gliches can be worked out if you plan ahead!!!

Equipment in the Classrooms

Most of the CSUS classrooms we use (CSUS calls them Basic Smart Classrooms) have the equipment to play DVDs and VHS tapes and hook up your own laptop computer. Some classrooms, you will find, are smarter than others! You usually use a wall panel to do these things and activate the ceiling-mounted video projector that will show your stuff to the seminar on a large wall screen.

This CSUS site will tell you what is in each classroom. Look for Learning Space Inventory on the upper left side of the page; locate your building and classroom number.

In the middle of the same page, you will find a Training Manual that you can download with directions for operating the equipment. It is the Advanced Smart Classroom Manual.

In the next paragraph on the same page, you can download or view pictures that show the specific equipment and directions in your classroom. These directions are also posted in each classroom at the wall panel.

What Computer Equipment Do I Need for the Smart Classroom?

In most Smart Classrooms, you need to bring a compatible laptop computer (PC or Apple) and appropriate cables to connect your laptop to the wall panel for the video projector:

Alternatively for sound, you could bring your own small speakers that connect to your laptop. Also, your coordinator or other seminar members might have their own cables that you can use. And if you don't have a laptop, other people in your class might be able to lend theirs. Ask!

The Really Smart Classrooms

A few of the classrooms we use are different (CSUS calls them Advanced Smart). The Library rooms used for Travel and Adventure and Mini-Seminars as well as a few classified as "Advanced Smart Classrooms," have their own built-in computers. They also have the dazzling new Document Cameras, sort of a space-age Overhead Projector. These allow you to show any printed material (maps, pictures, book pages) without making transparencies.

What About Videos?

One caveat for videos: Most of the classroom video players are very simple and few classrooms have functional remotes for them. Therefore, quite often you cannot, on DVDs, do anything but play; you cannot access features or chapters. With VHS tapes, it is the same; you cannot fast-forward or go backwards. Try these out ahead of time!

However, the Renaissance Society has several remote control units for the dual deck Panasonic (4745S or Pvd 4745S) players found in many of the classrooms we use. Contact the Tech Subcommittee members (below).

How To Access the Internet on Campus

You must have a laptop that does Wi-Fi and a valid email address. You can get connected to the Internet for two hours.

Open your normal Internet browser and this page should appear:

screenshot of CSUS SacLink Signon

Scroll down to the "Guest Network Authentication." Type in your personal email address and press enter. This will give you two hours of internet access. If you need more, log in again as a guest.

The quality of the access can be a problem because of the volume of student traffic. Therefore, whenever possible, you are encouraged to download the information you need for your presentation, before coming to the University. For example, one way to play a YouTube video without having live Internet access during your presentation is to use the RealPlayer program (free) and download the YouTube video onto your computer. Warning: YouTube videos are in many formats and RealPlayer or other downloaders might not work with all of them. Try it out well before you need it!

How About Low-Tech?

If you prefer low-tech, many classrooms have slide projectors and overhead projectors available, but check them out well beforehand to make sure they work. If you don't see what you need, ask at the CSUS Help Desk (below), well ahead of time.

HELP for Seminar Presentation Day

The CSUS Help Desk is in Room 2005 of the AIRC Building, behind (south of) the Library. The phone is 278-7337 or use the RED phone (dial 8-7337) in the classroom for help if classroom equipment is not functioning properly.

For help prior to your presentation, go to that Help Desk for checkout of VGA cables, mini-audio tables and Apple adaptors. With requests three-to-four days in advance, you can get DVD remotes for classrooms. But in view of the current CSUS budget crisis, these items might not be available!

The Technology Committee (Chairman Pac Polin, John Walker, Al Wolfgang, Steve Harley, Jeff Tardaguila, Ken Moody, Melissa Green and John Barry) is a group of Renaissance members who can help you. Email or phone them (see directory) during the week. Have your coordinator call them on Friday if you need additional help in setup and operation of equipment. They also have a limited number of remotes, cables and batteries.

If you need a microphone or a loudspeaker in your seminar room, contact Al Wolfgang at least a week in advance of your presenation.