HyFlex Pool Classrooms
As of Spring 2021, Loyola has upgraded 25 classrooms on campus for HyFlex teaching. HyFlex classrooms include two webcameras (one facing the professor and one facing the students), a podium PC with dual monitors and Zoom installed, a document camera, ceiling microphones throughout the room, a lapel microphone for the professor and a separate input for a personal microphone, if desired.
Navigate through the accordions below to learn more about HyFlex, Instructions, and more!
“HyFlex” refers to a hybrid and flexible system of classroom instructional equipment that enables students to either physically attend class meetings in the classroom or participate synchronously online. Virtual students can see the professor and their classmates, as well as ask questions and participate in discussion. Guest lecturers can visit the class virtually and interact synchronously with all of the students. Classes may be recorded for future viewing. Loyola’s HyFlex classrooms include, in addition to standard presentation equipment, two webcameras (one facing the professor and one facing the students), a PC running Zoom, two monitors, a document camera, ceiling microphones throughout the room, and a lapel microphone for the professor.
For Help with HyFlex:
- As with all of our classroom equipment, instructions are provided in the rooms as well as online (see below).
- Media Services has trained a group of student workers to serve as “ZA’s” — Zoom Assistants! If you are an instructor teaching in a HyFlex room and would like a ZA, please contact Curry O'Day.
- We have launched a Zoom Help Page on the Center for Faculty Innovation's website.
- We oversee Team Zoom, a group of knowledgeable faculty and staff available to provide assistance with using Zoom.
Latest Update as of 1/20/21:
We have installed new multimedia monitors in all 25 HyFlex classrooms. They replaced the secondary monitor and include an additional webcam to be used as either a backup camera for the professor or a closeup camera when standing at the podium. The new video source in Zoom is called DELL Monitor RBG Webcam.
We have two new HyFlex classrooms! Bobet 219 and Mercy 201 are now outfitted for HyFlex teaching and ready to be used for the Spring 2021 semester.
All new lapel mics have been permanently installed in each of the HyFlex classrooms around campus. They function very similarly to the old lapel mics; if you have any issues with it, contact Media Services at 504.864.7120 immediately.
As in the Fall, in every HyFlex classroom you will find a set of HyFlex instructions. We updated the Camera Instructions and the Lapel Mic Instructions over the break and added another sheet: HyFlex Tips and Troubleshooting. Take a look at these for solutions to common problems. You can view or download the instructions in the section below, "HyFlex and Camera Instructions".
All HyFlex rooms now have lapel mics installed for better professor audio quality. We highly recommend you use the lapel mic to get the best audio possible for your Zoom class. Place the lapel mic on your shirt or jacket collar as close to your face as possible and facing towards your mouth to get the best quality.
In every HyFlex classroom, you will find a set of HyFlex instructions, including the HyFlex Quick Guide, the Full Length Instructions, the room's Camera Instructions, Lapel Mic Instructions, and HyFlex Tips and Troubleshooting Instructions. Please follow each step of the instructions when setting up your HyFlex class. You can download the instructions below:
Using Dual Monitors in a HyFlex Classroom
Dual Monitors is a Zoom client setting that is, by default, turned ON in every HyFlex classroom. This is what allows you to use both monitors on the podium during a Zoom meeting. For example, if you share your screen on the Primary Monitor, then your Zoom participants gallery will automatically appear on the Secondary Monitor, allowing you to see your students and teach from your materials on the Primary Monitor at the same time. In most instances, in the HyFlex classrooms, the Dual Monitors setting is vital to making the HyFlex setup work as intended.
However, there is at least one instance in which the Dual Monitors setting isn’t perfect: when a virtual participant is sharing their screen and presenting.
To learn how to turn Dual Monitors ON/OFF when needed, check out this guide.
Avoid Audio Feedback!
- Everyone in the room other than the professor on the podium PC must MUTE their mic and speakers; otherwise, very LOUD audio feedback will be heard.
Can't Hear Your Zoom Students?
- Make sure the audio output in Zoom (i.e. the speaker) is set to Crestron (Intel(R) Display Audio).
- Make sure the projector is turned on and the correct input selected (PC) via the control panel.
- Make sure the volume on both the podium control panel and the computer is turned up and not muted.
Zoom Students Can't Hear You?
- Make sure the audio input in Zoom (i.e. the microphone) is set to Line (TesiraFORTE).
- If using the lapel mic, make sure the transmitter is turned on.
Zoom Students Can't Hear Classroom Students?
- Follow steps above to confirm that audio is transmitting.
- Ask your classroom students to speak loudly and, if necessary, to move closer to a ceiling microphone (the mic should be in front of the student).
Lapel Mic Not Working?
- Make sure it is turned on. You will see a green light on the transmitter.
- If it doesn’t turn on, call Media Services to replace the batteries.
- Make sure the lapel mic is close to your face and pointed towards your mouth.
- Make sure the microphone input is set to Line (TesiraFORTE) in Zoom.
Camera Remote Not Working?
- Find the Camera Select buttons at the very top of the remote.
- Press either 1 or 2 to correspond to either CAM 1 or CAM 2 as you point the remote at the correct camera. This tells the remote which camera you are trying to control.
- Now you can zoom, pan, tilt or select a preset.
Don't Forget to Log Out of Zoom!
- When your class is over, don’t forget to log out of your Zoom account on the Zoom desktop client on the shared classroom PC. Do this by clicking your profile picture in the top right corner and selecting Sign Out from the drop down menu.
A full list of HyFlex Classrooms on Loyola's main campus:
Click on the room number for presentation equipment instructions.
|Room Number & Instructions||Capacity||COVID Capacity||Podium Computer||Doc Cam||Display Type||Camera Type||Lapel Mic|
|MI 112||49||13||X||X||Projectors and Large TVs||AVer||X|
|*BO 332 has tiered seating with stationary seats.|
|**MI 114 and MO 610 has tiered seating with moveable seats. The room also has a podium microphone.|
|***There are student computers in these rooms. Contact IT for information about these computers.|
Faculty HyFlex Training by Dr. Curry O'Day, Media Services Specialist:
CLICK HERE FOR RECORDING Teaching in Loyola's HyFlex Classrooms, August 14, 2020
Faculty training for teaching students who are in the classroom and students who are synchronously online - simultaneously! An introduction to the new equipment and how to teach with it using Zoom. Be sure to check out the Chat window for relevant links and information.
Access Password: c08HEW?@
Resources to learn more about HyFlex:
- 7 Things You Should Know About the HyFlex Course Model, EDUCAUSE
- Hybrid-Flexible Course Design: Implementing student-directed hybrid classes, eBook by Brian J. Beatty
- The HyFlex Option for Instruction, Inside Higher Ed
- Fall Scenario: A HyFlex Model, Inside Higher Ed
- Teaching and Learning After COVID-19, Inside Higher Ed
- Using the HyFlex Course and Design Process, Online Learning Consortium
- COVID-19 Planning for Fall 2020: A Closer Look at Hybrid-Flexible Course Design, PhilOnEdTech
- Student Choice, Instructor Flexibility: Moving Beyond the Blended Instructional Model, Issues and Trends in Learning Technologies
- Promoting active learning and equity in a HyFlex course, Griffith University
- Hyflex Teaching [video], Cambrian College
- Hyflex Learning, Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast
- Can HyFlex Options Support Students in the Midst of Uncertainty?, EDUCAUSE Review
Lavalier or Lapel Microphone Suggestions for HyFlex Classrooms:
For faculty members who wish to purchase their own lapel mic to use in their HyFlex classes, we recommend one of the following wireless mics with suggestions as to where to purchase them. If you want a different mic, or already have one, please note important connection information below.
- Samson Concert 88
- Samson XPDm
- Shure BLX14/CVL
Note: The microphone receiver must have an XLR output and an adaptor cable that will go from XLR Female to Male 3.5mm TRS. Here is an example of the adaptor cable.
Web Conferencing Kits:
Media Services also has a limited number of portable web conferencing kits for loan. For more information on these, see the Web Conferencing tab on our Portable Equipment page or contact Media Services at email@example.com. You can reserve a kit through the Equipment Request Form.
These kits include a Logitech Webcam, Lumens Document Camera, Jabra Speaker/Microphone, Tripod, and USB Hub (the USB hub is provided in case you need additional inputs). You will need a laptop or desktop computer along with this kit. If you do not have one, please request a PC Laptop separately.
For instructions on how to use the kits, you can download them here. These instructions are for Zoom conferences, but you can use any web conferencing software with this equipment.
Standard Pool Classrooms
The standard pool classrooms is a set of classrooms that are shared by all academic departments.
During Spring 2021, several standard pool classrooms have been reserved solely for student use. These rooms will not hold classes. They are open to students to attend online classes or work between classes. For a list of these classrooms, click here.
Installed equipment is listed per room along with a link to instructions. You can also review our basic troubleshooting tips for all classrooms.
If you would like equipment that is not standard in your room, please reserve it ahead of time. Note that we require all setup requests to be submitted at least two business days in advance.
For additional information not included in the charts below, please refer to this document for seating style, board type, and other classroom layout information.
Find a specific classroom by clicking on the building below.
|Room Number & Instructions||Capacity||COVID Capacity||Podium Computer||Display Type||Doc Cam & Instructions||HDMI Hookup||VGA Hookup||Blu-Ray Player||iClicker Base|
|BO 114*||18||8||X||Large TV||X||X|
|*BO 114 remote control for TV; no control system. Please leave remote in the room!|
Monroe Departmental Classrooms
The Monroe Departmental Classrooms are used by specific departments. Media Services is responsible for the audio-visual equipment in these rooms. Look for your department and find your classroom below it; equipment instructions are linked.
If you need assistance with the equipment, please contact your department's point person listed under Department Contacts.
Click the room number to view the classroom's instructions.
|DESIGN||BIOLOGY||PSYCHOLOGY||CHEMISTRY||STUDIO ARTS||PHYSICS||THEATER AND DANCE||MATHEMATICS||ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM|
|MO 502||MO 451||MO 352||MO 101||MO 402||MO 153||MO 602||MO 442||MO 448|
|MO 506||MO 551||MO 353||MO 105||MO 405||MO 155||MO 603|
|MO 507||MO 552||MO 354||MO 128||MO 406||MO 159||MO 629|
|MO 508||MO 554||MO 355||MO 130||MO 409||MO 256||MO 630|
|MO 509||MO 556||MO 373||MO 132||MO 536|
|MO 510||MO 558||MO 375||MO 221|
|MO 511||MO 574||MO 377||MO 654|
|MO 512||MO 653|