In our video conferencing intensive spaces, in collaboration with the Schools that use these spaces, we have integrated microphone systems for audience participation.
Best Practices for Ceiling Microphones
Because they pick up the sound so effectively, here are a few recommendations when using these ceiling microphones.
- Keep the Ceiling Mics muted unless the audience is engaged in a conversation that is meant to be included in the teleconference or recording.
- When CeilingMics are in use, notify the people in the room that they are on and to keep sidebar conversations to a minimum as they will likely be recorded or transmitted to the far site of the teleconference (depending on how the system is being used).
- The new Ceiling Tile style microphone has an added indicator light to help with this. Red means the mic is muted, Green means the mic is unmuted.
Pendant Ceiling Microphones
Suspended from the ceiling strategically around a classroom, these Pendant Ceiling Microphones have been the standard microphone solution for classroom audiences up until the summer of 2019 and are still in use in many classrooms. With mute/unmute controls located at the instructor podium, these microphones provide good pickup of audience conversation speech during teleconferences as well as recorded classroom sessions if desired.
Locations with Pendant Ceiling Microphones
|KMSB||VCU Health Sciences Research Building||Perkinson||Sadie Heath Cabaniss||Sanger Hall||Smith|
Monroe Park Campus
|Harris Hall||Hibbs Hall|
|2120 (Fall 2021)||5136 (Fall 2021)||B-024 (Fall 2021)|
|2122 (Fall 2021)||5162 (Fall 2021)||407 (Fall 2021)|
|3103 (Fall 2021)||5163 (Fall 2021)|
|3130 (Fall 2021)||5167 (Fall 2021)|
|3142 (Fall 2021)||5182|
|4153 (Fall 2021)|
|4169 (Fall 2021)|
Ceiling Tile Style Microphone
New to VCU in 2019, these Ceiling Tile Style Microphones are very discrete, but provide excellent sound pick for a classroom audience participation response. The mute/unmute controls for Ceiling Microphones are located on the instructor podium.
Locations with Ceiling Tile Style Microphones
|College of Health Professions||Smith||Sadie Heath Cabaniss|
|1000||3003||103 (Fall 2021)||1013 (Fall 2021)|
Monroe Park Campus
|1100 (Fall 2021)|
|1102 (Fall 2021)|
|1104 (Fall 2021)|
|1105 (Fall 2021)|
|1201 (Fall 2021)|
|2107 (Fall 2021)|
Push To Talk Student Microphones
Spaces with Push to Talk microphones provide one microphone for every two students. These microphones are muted by default but can be unmuted by pushing the button on the microphone itself. There are 2 basic styles available in the following Central Classrooms.
Note: The Push to Talk microphone capability was added by the School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing respectively.
|This style of Microphone is available in Smith 103, School of Pharmacy.|
|Sadie Heath Cabaniss 1011|
|This style of Push to Talk microphone is available in Sadie Heath Cabaniss, School of Nursing room 1011.|