New high-tech classrooms foster innovative teaching

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UC Riverside’s new Rooms for Increasing Student Engagement, or RISE, classrooms are expected to open up new possibilities in teaching as faculty members begin using the state-of-the-art audio and video technology.

Information Technology Solutions, or ITS, upgraded 110 classrooms over the summer to allow for both in-person and remote options that are aimed at increasing student engagement and enhancing learning as the campus returned to mostly in-person instruction this fall.

ITS and UCR’s Exploration Center for Innovative Teaching and Engagement, or XCITE, collaborated on the RISE initiative and will be providing support to faculty members.

Each room is equipped with high-resolution pan, tilt, and zoom cameras that provide multiple views of the classroom. An array of microphones installed in the ceilings provide clear two-way sound. In larger rooms, instructors use lapel microphones and a Catchbox, a throwable Nerf-like cube with an enclosed…

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