VGA Standard Input Sunset
Beginning with new installations in 2020, Media Support Services will no longer be including VGA inputs as a standard input available in our central classroom podiums. This is a cost-saving measure as the cost of retaining this older technology input is very expensive with new systems. We have made this decision based on usage data reports we've collected from our classroom control systems as well as from faculty user survey data. Over the past several years, with the prevalence of user devices being equipped with either HDMI or HDMI dongle adapters, usage of VGA has dropped significantly. For example, based on system usage data, we have seen a decrease in VGA usage by about 78% since 2015. From our faculty user surveys, VGA exclusive users are only at about 4% of those surveyed and most of them were "occasional" users, not requiring access to VGA for every class, rather a few times throughout the semester.
In lieu of a dedicated VGA input in all central classrooms, we have the following options for faculty based on their situation.
My device also has an HDMI output, I just use VGA because I have the cable - An HDMI cable can be provided to VCU Faculty at no charge for use in our central classrooms. Please call our classroom support helpline to request one. 828-1098 (MPC) 828-3400 (MCV).
My Device ONLY offers VGA as an output - A supply of VGA to HDMI adapters will be made available in the ITSC checkout system. These can be reserved at itsupport.vcu.edu and can be picked up from either their Cabell Library basement level room B-30 (MPC location) or their VMI 3rd floor (MCV location).
My device requires an adapter and I only have VGA - A supply of commonly used adapters will be made available for checkout in the ITSC checkout system. These can be reserved at itsupport.vcu.edu and can be picked up from either their Cabell Library basement level room B-30 (MPC location) or their VMI 3rd floor (MCV location).
We are also beginning to roll out wireless presentation systems in some of our classrooms. This would be a viable alternative for any PC, macOS, iOS, Android OS or Chrome browser users where it is available. Currently, they are available in all MCALC classrooms but we will be adding these to 8-10 spaces (Summer 2020) on each campus based on faculty survey feedback indicating desired use. Please visit our Wireless Presentation page for more information.