8.2 Teaching room equipment

The majority of classes at LSE take place in designated teaching rooms that are normally supplied with white boards and pens, overhead projectors and an internal telephone to make emergency calls.

Most rooms are now also equipped with internet access, and data and video projection facilities. If you require any additional audio-visual (AV) equipment (eg flip charts, audio systems) you can book them from the Audio Visual (AV) unit in advance.

You can also check the equipment that is provided in your allocated room before you begin your teaching. See the LSE Timetables page (www.lse.ac.uk/admin/timetables/confirmed/ttrooms.htm|) and scroll down to the link to Teaching rooms. The site includes room layout, a photo of the room and details of the equipment provided.  

Guidance on the use of equipment is available at www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/IMT/facilities/avServices/teachingRoomEquipment.aspx|

If you feel that rearranging furniture and layout would improve the running of your class, do feel free to move the furniture, but please re-set the room at the end of your class for those who will use the room after you.

Also useful are the video clips and information about teaching room technology at the CLT's Classroom technologies webpage webpage (http://clt.lse.ac.uk/classroom-technologies/|).

Note that one of the most common problems you will encounter is a lack of pens or working pens. It is always worth carrying a few with you but make sure they are 'dry wipe' pens, as other pens may be 'permanent' and take considerable effort and special solvents to remove from the whiteboards. Pens are replaced every day by the room monitors, but they do not have time to check each pen. So when you realise a pen is dry, throw it away rather than putting it back in the box!

If you wish to use the data projection facilities, it is best to seek advice in advance, and check out the precise operating instructions for your room. You will need your LSE email user name and password to log in in the first place. You will usually need to turn the projector on via consoles on the desk or switch on the wall. Two common problems here that may confuse you (even if someone from AV has taken you through the kit beforehand) are:

  • Laptop/computer switch. On the control desk, there is a switch to enable people to use their laptop rather than the class PC. If this is switched in the wrong direction, the input from the PC will not show on the screen. Simply switch it over, and all should be well!
  • Wrong input facility selected. How you ensure that video, PC output or some other output is projected can be controlled in different ways in different rooms. Check you know the controls for the room you are in.

Disseminating classroom materials

Your departmental manager or course secretary will be able to help you with stationery and any materials you need for your teaching, such as photocopied handouts. These should be freely available to you, but do check if there are restrictions or departmental guidelines.

Teachers can use Moodle, the LSE's Virtual Learning Environment, to allow students online access to reading lists, PDFs of lecture slides and links to recordings of lectures (where available) and other resources. For more on Moodle see Section 8.1|.

As already noted, legislation requires that you anticipate a wide variety of needs and make 'reasonable adjustments' to your teaching resources and handouts to ensure that your teaching remains inclusive. For example, you may need to provide handouts in large font size for partially sighted students or to accommodate the needs of a dyslexic student who wants to audio-tape your classes. One possibility is to make handouts available via Moodle in advance of classes, so that students can print them out in a format appropriate to them. Please also check with the teacher responsible before teaching begins to see if you have any students known to have Individual Student Support Agreements (ISSAs) so that you can respond to their requirements where possible. If you have any concerns about how to support any disabled students in your classes please do consult with the Disability and Well-being Service: see Section 10| for details.  

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