One of the great things about teaching and learning at CSU San Marcos is that ALL of the classrooms on campus are "smart" - or as we like to think of them "intelligent" classrooms. We think so because a great deal of time and effort goes into designing and creating learning spaces that work with you. We work with architects and planners from the very beginning to ensure that all the things you'll need end up in the right places, we constantly update our knowledge to stay current in this rapidly changing tech-world, and we refresh classroom systems on a regular basis.
To see details about any class or conference room on campus, use the building links to the left.
The mission of Classroom Technology Services (CTS) is to:
Primary rapid response for classroom problems is provided by the Student Technology Help Desk. They can be reached at 6505.
We have a variety of different rooms for different purposes:
While it can vary, all smart rooms provide the following items:
Some rooms have special capabilities, such as:
Smart conference rooms are equipped with the same items as a smart classroom above, but with the main difference being the use of a large-format monitor instead of a projection system; although some larger conference rooms use projection.
A document camera is essentially a camera turned to point downward. Items placed in its field of vision can be displayed on the large screen at the front of the room. These could be paper, transparencies, books, photos, physical objects, etc. Also, you can draw or annotate and this will be displayed too. It is our goal to equip all rooms on campus with document camera, but this is not complete yet. Most document cameras are ceiling mounted, so they are out of the way.
Some materials, particularly those with high levels of detail, benefit from being displayed in true HD, just like movies you watch at home. Equipping rooms with HD gear is somewhat more expensive than our regular rooms, so there are only a handful of them, but we will be adding more.
For those disciplines that do a lot of whiteboard writing- math, phyics, statistics, anything involving equations and diagrams - there is a way to allow handwriting to be displayed using the room system. This is accomplished using a large tablet display that sits on or near the instructors station. Benefits include: endless writing surface, automatic saving of what's being drawn, the instructor can remain facing the audience.
CSUSM offers Zoom, a fully-featured web conferencing package. When combined with the rooms' smart system, and a microphone and webcam, you can do real-time collaboration and conferencing with almost anyone in the world with a computer or portable device. Possible uses include: