Teaching in Mell

Furniture

Furniture in the Mell Classroom Building is designed to easily enable collaboration between students.

Both lecture halls (Mell 2510 and 2550) are equipped with rolling chairs for all 160+ students. This allows students to easily turn around and collaborate with the row behind for small group discussions. The tables in the lecture halls were also built to allow for this collaboration with two tables are situated per tier.

The furniture (tables and chairs) in all other classrooms is mobile and meant to be moved around. Consider the hexagonal shape for collaboration, rows for testing, U-shape or circle for discussion. Please leave the room in one of these shapes at the end of each class period.

Graphic showing desks in a circle
Graphic showing desks in a cluster
Graphic showing desks in a hexagon
Graphic showing desks in two rows
Graphic showing desks in a u shape

Glass Boards

All classrooms include glass boards. Dark dry erase markers work best, but permanent markers can also be used and removed with window cleaner.

Glass boards in the lecture halls are primarily meant for faculty, but students can use the glass boards on the side and the windows to collaborate.

Glass boards in all other classrooms are primarily meant for student to collaborate. Some of the classrooms have windows that can be used for writing as well. Some classrooms have mobile glass boards to help ensure everyone has ample space to collaborate.

Full EASL classrooms have monitors behind the glass so that faculty or students can project something and then write on top of the projection. Consider a light background for anything you want your students to write on behind the glass board.

Ask students to bring their own black or blue dry erase markers and erasers.

Be kind to the next class and erase the glass boards. Remember to ask students to take pictures of their work if appropriate.

Teaching Station Controls

Each classroom has a Teaching Station at the front of the room.

The Teaching Station allows faculty to control what content is shared over what kind of technology. All teaching stations are equipped with a computer (Windows 10), a retractable HDMI cable to connect laptops to the computer, a document camera, and a touch screen controller. The touch screen controls the projection system, monitors, volume of microphones, media, and cameras.

How to use the touch Screen Controller

  1. Touch the screen to wake up the system. In smaller rooms with one projector, this touch will also trigger the screen to come down.
  2. Select your input: PC, Laptop (wired), Doc Cam, ShareLink
  3. More controls: Volume for media and microphones; Displays for muting projector, turning Confidence monitor on (lecture halls); Room Config for choosing what to show on one of the two monitors (in rooms with two monitors); Camera to move, focus, and zoom the cameras for lecture capture or video conference (in rooms that are not Full EASL); Timer for a timer function; Exit to shut down the system.
  4. Full EASL: Instructor Presentation for sharing from teacher station; Breakout for giving students controls of individual monitors; Student Presentation for sharing one student monitor to all; Custom to swap image across the room. In larger rooms, the left lectern controls both rooms (look for sticker)
  5. Exit and Shut Down Equipment when you are done, unless the next class is already coming in.

Microphones will most likely sit in the recharging station in bottom right corner of cabinet. Please put them back where you got them for the next person.

Lights are controlled by a white panel on the wall. There are different preset options in the lecture halls.

Blinds are automatic and located on the smaller white panel in the lecture halls. Blinds are manual in all other rooms.

Computer, Software, Cameras

Each classroom is equipped with a Windows 10 computer. Each computer has the following programs installed and maintained on the machine:

  • Microsoft Office – To open Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. Users can log into OneDrive through these applications to access OneDrive files.
  • Adobe Acrobat – To view PDF files.
  • Live Chat Mell Support – To call for help when problems arise during a class period.
  • Panopto – To capture lectures. For successful recording, consider becoming familiar with the positioning of the cameras in the room. For more information on Panopto and Panopto and Canvas, visit the Biggio Center website.
  • Zoom – To conduct web-based video conferencing. For successful recording, considering becoming familiar with the positioning of the cameras in the room in order to focus on the class audience. Zoom sessions can be recorded and saved to the local computer to be uploaded to Panoptp or shared otherwise at a later date. Remember to ask guest lecturers for written permission to record them. For more information on Zoom and using Zoom with Panopto, visit the Biggio Center website.
  • Horizon VMWare Client (AU Virtual Lab and COSAM Virtual Lab) - To connect to the virtual machines of your college or school to access course-specific software. To learn more about your options, contact your Distributed IT team.
  • Reef/iClicker - To collect data through the iClicker student response system. Please note this is only the web-based version without any bases. If you need a base for collecting data, please contact your Distributed IT team.
  • Document Camera – To display paper-based text. This may be useful to showcase and annotate a text on the fly or to help students in the back of the room see better. Certain document cameras are dry-erase safe, indicated by a green check mark icon.
  • Cameras – To focus on the board and ensure students can see content.

Mobile Devices

All classrooms are designed to screen share iOS, macOS, and Windows mobile devices and laptops to the projection system or monitors in the room.

There are three ways to share devices to the projector/monitors:

  • ShareLink – Launch the ShareLink app from the Touch Screen Controller located on the Teaching Station. The computer located on the Teaching Station will display a ShareLink screen with an IP address and code. Enter the IP address into the device being connected. Click on the Play button to share the screen. This option will not display the entire screen, only certain parts of the screen such as a web browser or cloud-based files and images. When students are collaborating in small groups, faculty can use the Touch Screen Controller to select the Student Breakout feature for students to display content only on the monitor closest to their table. This is only available in Full EASL rooms.
  • MirrorOp – Download the MirrorOp app that correlates to the operating system being used (this is a one-time installation).
  • AirPlay – Navigate to AirPlay  on the Touch Screen Controller located on the Teaching Station. Select the monitor or projector you wish to use. Enter the 4-digit access code displayed on the screen. The device will connect automatically after the code has been inputted. Only one device can use AirPlay at any given time. The previous user will need to disconnect from AirPlay before the next person can use it. Faculty can pick and choose which screen to display on the monitor from more than 4 connected devices. This function requires a password that should not be shared with students.

Calling For Help

If problems arise with technology in the rooms during a class period, Mell Learning Consultants (LC) (link to this page) can be called:

  • On the classroom computer, click on the Live Chat Mell Support icon to initiate a chat session with an LC. The LC will need to know the room number. After launching, click on Connect with Support Team, then use the chat window to write, hit send.
  • If the classroom computer is not an option, go to auburn.edu/mell on your mobile device and initiate a chat session.

Microphones will most likely sit in the recharging station in bottom right corner of cabinet. Please put them back where you got them for the next person.

Lights are controlled by a white panel on the wall. There are different preset options in the lecture halls.

Blinds are automatic and located on the smaller white panel in the lecture halls. Blinds are manual in all other rooms.

In Case of Emergency

Evacuation information can be found at each room exit. Faculty should familiarize themselves with the protocol.

Fire alarm: Stop class and evacuate the building as quickly as possible. Move away from the building.

Tornado warning: Move to the Storm Shelter located in the basement of Mell.

Last updated: November 20, 2020