Category Archives: Media Technology Services

GoToMeeting to Replace Adobe Connect

As the result of a review of conferencing tools last year by various campus departments, along with Information Technology, GoToMeeting has been acquired for campus web conferencing needs. The new platform will replace Adobe Connect, which is set to expire on December 15th at 8pm.

Information Technology has been transitioning users from one service to another over the past few months. If you would like to learn more about GoToMeeting or transfer your web conferencing needs over to the new service, please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

For those departments that require the continued use of Adobe Connect, we will have a limited number of licenses to use on a case by case basis. Should you have recordings in Adobe Connect that need to be archived, IT will work with current Adobe Connect users on archiving the recordings they wish to preserve.

For more information, please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.


Active Learning Center Open House

Information Technology invites you to attend the Active Learning Center’s (ALC) open house on Friday, August 22, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in MEEM 120. The ALC, formerly known as the MEEM “Fishbowl,” has been completely transformed into a technology-rich collaborative learning space, featuring 72 student computer stations, 3 instructor stations, and 29 collaboration LCD monitors.

Unlike the traditional learning space, the “front” of the classroom has been eliminated, allowing faculty to facilitate both heads-down concentration work and group collaboration, as well as provide hands-on technology for their students. In addition, when this room is not scheduled for classes, it will be available to all students as a computer lab.

Please join us this Friday to learn more, as staff will be on hand to provide tours and demonstrations. For further information, please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call (906) 487-1111.


Adobe Connect Upgraded to Version 9.2

Adobe Connect recently upgraded our service to version 9.2 on March 9, 2014. Part of this upgrade requires our users to re-install an updated version of the Adobe Connect Add-in, which you does not require administrative privileges. The Adobe Connect Add-in is a feature required for presentation sharing, offline recording, and the sharing of PPTX files.

Please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call (906) 487-1111 should you need further assistance with the installation of the latest version of the Adobe Connect Add-in.

Electronic Display System (EDS) Transition to Four Winds Interactive

Information Technology Services is implementing a new digital sign content manager by Four Winds Interactive (FWi), a versatile and full-featured system for creating, deploying and managing digital signage content across networks. The system is currently being used on the new screens in the Library and will soon be available across campus.

During this implementation, the current Electronic Display System (EDS) has been turned off with the exception of MTU Cable channel 23-1. IT is currently in the process of upgrading each location to broadcast the new EDS feed, at which time the monitors will be brought back online for campus viewing.

New Four Winds sign displaying IT news and updates

To learn more about the Four Winds Interactive digital signage and how your department can be involved, please contact it-help@mtu.edu for more information.


Adobe Connect Downtime

Due to a large online event being hosted by the Center for Technology and Training, we asked the campus community to postpone their use of the Adobe Connect web conferencing service on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, December 17th – 12:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 8th – 8:30am to 11:00am

During the dates listed, all campus Adobe Connect licenses will be in use. Should this impact currently scheduled web conferencing sessions, please contact it-help@mtu.edu.


Dow 642 Blended Learning Classroom

Did you know you can record your class and other events in Dow 642? Due to a recent gift by William G. Jackson, a Michigan Tech alumnus and President of CableAmerica, you now have the capability to do so.

Over the summer, Dow 642 underwent a technological transformation. In order to enhance the teaching and learning experience, Media Technology Services installed an Echo360 Lecture Capture system and other audio/visual improvements. With the installation of this technology, you can conduct a live broadcast of your your course or event or record for future on-demand viewing.

In addition to lecture capture technology, other improvements in Dow 642 include:

  • Installation of (2) 80” LCD monitors
  • Newly-built instructor podium
  • Crestron touch screen control system
  • Removable wall-mounted marker boards to encourage collaboration

Dow 642 is now one of eleven rooms on campus that includes lecture capture technology in support of online and blended learning.

Room reservations can be made through the Registrar’s Office. To learn more about the technology and other services provide by Media Technology services, visit our web site or contact it-help@mtu.edu for more information.


New Video Board at the Ice Arena

While last year’s improvement to the ice arena—a new system for making ice—went largely unnoticed by fans, this offseason’s improvement will be quite obvious.

Funded entirely through private donations, the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena received a brand new Mitsubishi Electric video board this past spring, as well as a video production room decked out with state-of-the-art technology.

video board

The project has been a joint venture between the University’s Information Technology and Athletics departments from planning to installation to operation.

The project team, consisting of members from both departments, met for nearly two years prior to the actual installation of the video board, drawing up plans for the project. Starting with a needs analysis and encompassing all video production needs for athletics, the project team developed a system that incorporates video streaming of all Tech athletic events.

video board

The video board itself is a four-sided, center-hung unit that consists of three LED panels per side. The main panel is roughly 14 feet wide by eight feet high and high definition quality. There is a 14×3 panel above the main board that will display game scoring information. Below the main panel is a continuous LED ring that will display other information for fan interaction.

Collaboration from IT has helped Athletics tailor the new technology to its needs. The end result will be not only a wow-factor for fans at hockey games this winter, but a greater experience for fans watching athletic video streams and students and families attending and viewing online the spring commencement ceremony.