If you've come across an AV or classroom term you don't understand, you'll find a definition below.


AC Power to Seats - Any: Room offers power outlets to students. Percentage of power outlets to seats can range from 50% to 100%.

Active Learning Classrooms: Learning spaces specifically designed to support student-centered, flexible, and interactive learning. Active Learning Classrooms contain furniture designed for collaboration, and both peer-to-peer learning and instructor-student interaction. High-tech Active Learning Classrooms may feature technology that allows both instructors and students to share their work with the class.

AV Control System: Provides an intuitive interface in the form of a touchscreen or button panel. The system allows the user to control all elements of the AV system from a single location, rather than controlling each device independently with multiple remote controls.

Blended Learning: Involves some combination of in-person and online learning, with the goals of increasing flexibility in terms of when and where students learn, and taking advantage of in-person and online spaces and learning technologies to enhance student learning. Three common components of this learning style are online learning materials and activities, in-person activities in the classroom guided by instructors, and structured independent study for students.

Blu-Ray/DVD: Plays both Blu-Ray Hi-Definition discs and NTSC digital video discs (DVDs) (HDCP compliant).

Boards - Any: Writing surfaces available in room can be either whiteboards, chalkboards or glassboards. 

Computer - Any: Either Mac or Windows PC computer system available in room.

Computer, Mac: Comes installed with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Internet access requires a UBC campus-wide login (CWL). For more information please visit http://www.cwl.ubc.ca.

Computer, Windows PC: Comes installed with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Internet access requires a UBC campus-wide login (CWL). For more information please visit http://www.cwl.ubc.ca.

Connection - Any: Inputs offered in room can be either Auxiliary video with Audio, HDMI, or Laptop VGA with Audio inputs. 

Connection, Aux Video with Audio: These types of inputs are used to connect your device’s video and audio output to the AV presentation system. This is a general connection to the AV presentation system for older devices IE: Camcorders, VCRs, etc. This is an analog connection.

Connection, HDMI: This type of input is used to connect your laptop, iPad, or newer digital devices to the AV presentation system. This is a digital connection.

Connection, Laptop VGA with Audio: These inputs are used for connecting your laptop to the AV presentation system. This is an analog connection.

Distributed Learning: When students are physically distributed at multiple sites but need to learn at the same time. The UBC School of Medicine, for example, uses this model. This type of learning provides more flexibility and opportunity for students to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Document Camera: A video camera enabled device used for presenting pre-printed images, items, or writing to be projected via a multimedia projector.

Dual or Multiple Content Capable: Different content can be projected on two or more screens through the AV presentation system. For example, a laptop on one screen and a document camera on another.

DVD: Plays digital video discs (DVDs) (NTSC format).

Flat Panel Display: A Plasma or LCD/LED screen that is used for AV presentations.

Flipped Classrooms: A type of blended learning in which students engage with content or materials prior to the start of class so as to allow more time in the classroom for active learning activities and discussion.

Food Outlets Nearby: Access to food or drink vendors nearby. Hours of vendors vary.

Group Study: Spaces designed to support group study or group work. Furniture is typically designed to support collaborative activities.  

iClicker: An audience response system that can be used for polls and quizzes and must be connected to a laptop or built-in computer. Questions can be embedded directly into a presentation in PowerPoint. For more information please visit http://www.elearning.ubc.ca/toolkit/clickers/.

Individual Study: Spaces designed to support individual study. Noise and activity levels will vary by space.

Informal Learning Spaces: Any space students use outside of scheduled classes to study or socialize. They can be anything from a café in the Nest, to a silent study space in the library. Informal Learning Spaces are found across campus in many different buildings. For a list of informal learning spaces, visit the Informal Learning Spaces page.

Lighting Control: An intuitive touchscreen interface allows the user to control individual lighting zones or scenes from a single location, rather than controlling each fixture independently with multiple switches. Occupancy sensors will shut off all lights when the room is empty.

Listening Assist: Provides individual wireless headphone receivers for those with hearing disabilities (available upon request in most theatres/tiered rooms with 100 or more seats).

Media Capture: Allows the recording of a video camera feed, audio, and presentation materials for later viewing and distribution or live streaming.

Microphone - Any: Microphone available in room can be either a Wired Connection, Wireless Handheld, Wireless Lapel or Audience Microphones.

Microphone, Audience: Typically a microphone with a button to activate/de-activate; used for voice amplification, located on the student desks for interaction with instructors, other students, or remote participants using video-conferencing or streaming capabilities.

Microphone(s), Wired Connection: A hard-wired microphone with a swivel mount, typically located on the instructor's lectern with a button to activate/de-activate; used for voice amplification.

Microphone(s), Wireless Handheld: Used for voice amplification, either held in your hand or placed on a microphone stand. No microphone cable is required to connect to the AV presentation system.

Microphone(s), Wireless Lapel: Used for voice amplification, comes with a clip to attach the small microphone to your lapel. No microphone cable is required to connect to the AV presentation system.

Monitor, Confidence: Large flat panel display facing the presenter. Displays the same video signal that is selected to show on the main display behind the presenter (computer, DVD, Document Camera etc.).

Monitor, Preview Multiple Sources: Computer monitor mounted on a lectern or wall. Displays one of multiple video signals (computer, DVD, Document Camera etc.) selected by user.

Monitor, PC Only: Computer monitor mounted on a lectern or wall. Displays the built-in classroom computer’s video signal.

Multimedia Projector(s): Used for projecting video presentation material from a laptop/DVD/VCR/Document Camera etc.

Natural Light: Window(s) or skylight located in room.

Network/Internet Access Port(s): Allows access to the internet through a wired connection from your laptop to the Internet access port via UBC’s wired network, and requires a UBC campus-wide login (CWL). For more information please visit http://www.cwl.ubc.ca

Overflow: Video and audio can be sent from one theatre to the receiving theatre(s) to accommodate a larger audience. Overflow can be enabled via the technician page on the touchscreen control panel on the lectern or in the projection booth.

Projection Screen(s) Only: A projection surface located in the room for use with an overhead transparency projector or a portable multi-media projector. Rooms with this description do not have an AV presentation system in the room, so portable equipment needs to be arranged for visual presentations.

Projector, Overhead Transparency: Used for projecting images or writing from transparencies onto a projection screen. This cannot be used for video projection, e.g., from laptops or DVD players.

Silent Study: Designated for quiet individual study. Campus libraries, reading rooms and study carrels typically offer silent study space.

Touchscreen Display(s): Allows users to interact with the room PC via touch capability on the flat panel display. Also allows notes to be handwritten on the screen and saved to the room PC.

VCR: Plays VHS video tapes (NTSC format).

Video Conferencing: Allows live communication between two or more geographically separated locations, including live camera and sound feeds, as well as transmission of presentation materials. All locations participating in live video communication require compatible video conference systems or access to a bridging service such as the UBC Collaboration Suite which allows other types of devices to connect.

Wireless Presentation:  Allows wireless sharing of your screen from a Mac or Windows laptop onto room display(s).

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