As instructors of CALS classes prepare their course materials for remote instruction, instructors may need to record their lectures in advance. Some instructors may not have an ideal location, equipment, or network conducive to create quality recordings of course content. CALS has equipped three rooms (Emerson 251 and 255 and Stocking 115) to be used as mini-studios for online instruction. These mini-studios provide a reservable location where instructors can present or record electronic course content. This is a new service and please expect that this service will evolve as we receive valuable feedback from mini-studio users.
We recommend everyone test the room and request AV support via the below link for the first "test drive" session. A test drive will allow users to confirm where the room is located, that card swipe / punch code access works, and users are oriented to the equipment and satisfied with the recording quality before scheduling a session to record course content.
So we may improve the experience for everyone, after using a room please provide feedback regarding the experience by taking the survey in the LibCal follow-up email.
These mini-studios can be used for recording content for later asynchronous online viewing by students or for live instruction and include the following technologies:
Record content to the Cloud using Zoom
Use Canvas to access and record content through Zoom or Panopto
The mini-studios are equipped with the following resources:
- Windows PC with Zoom, Panapto and Canvas enabled.
- Touch-enabled 24” monitor.
- High quality microphone and connections for personal clip-on mic.
- Cameras for seated or standing presentation.
- Large display for standing presentations.
- Professional lighting.
- Acoustic panels (to enhance sound quality).
- Greenscreen backdrop
- Coming soon:
- CALS branded backdrop.
- Personal laptop connections via USB-C or HDMI cables.
- Ethernet connections for laptops.
- The rooms are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Access available via card swipe into the building and card swipe or code access to each room prior to arrival. See "Access" below for details.
- Once oriented to the room(s) and equipment, please plan to reserve the room for only the time needed to record content or conduct classes. This will allow as many CALS instructors access to these resources as possible.
- AV Staff are available to assist with room training, troubleshooting AV issues, and making repairs as necessary.
- Documentation is provided in the room and available online.
- Photos of each room are available on the LibCal booking system.
- Mini-studio AV/IT support will be available during regular business hours 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. If in-session mini-studio support is required, refer to the in-room sign regarding the best way to request help or (during business hours) call 255-6466.
- To schedule support in advance, please submit a request at: https://cals.cornell.edu/faculty-staff/information-technology/get-help/av-and-teaching-support (be sure to indicate what room has been reserved and what time AV help is desired).
- Reservations may be made at any time prior to use through the Fall 2020 semester.
- For your first reservation, if you are not on the below list of pre-loaded instructors you will need a full business day to request and be added to the building / room card swipe access system. To be added to the access list, email your Cornell Employee ID # and which building to Steven Hatfield <sh242 [at] cornell.edu> tell him this is in regards to the CALS Mini-studios for Fall 2020 courses.
- For AV training or support during an initial testing session please submit a request here: https://cals.cornell.edu/faculty-staff/information-technology/get-help/av-and-teaching-support
- Mini-studios can be reserved in 30-minute increments up to three contiguous (3) hours.
- Reservations are first-come, first-served.
- Mini-studio reservations can be made here: https://sips-cornell.libcal.com/spaces?lid=10317&gid=18997
Access and Directions
- We have pre-loaded all CALS instructors into the Emerson and Stocking building access and Stocking 115 swipe card readers. TA's are allowed to use these rooms but were not pre-loaded so will need to coordinate access with Steve (instructions below).
- The list of who was added can be verified here:
- Building access problems or issues with entry into either building or Stocking 115, please contact Steve Hatfield (sh242) and please be advised that it might take up to one (1) business day to resolve.
- Punch codes for Emerson 251 and 255 will also be included in the reservation confirmation email.
Emerson 251 and Emerson 255
The Emerson Hall 251 and 255 mini recording studios are accessible by curb cuts, sidewalks and ramps from Mann Drive, on the north side of Fernow Hall and toward the “back” of Mann Library. Enter the Emerson Hall stairway from the east side or enter the Emerson Hall ramp from the west side courtyard surrounded by Mann Library, Plant Science and Emerson Hall. At the top of the ramp is the locked card-access controlled door with a power door touch pad to enter the ground floor of Emerson Hall. Take the elevator to the second floor.
Room 251 is down the hall, straight out the elevator, the second door on the right. Room code will be in your confirmation email.
Room 255 is down the hall to the left, third door on the right. Room code will be in your confirmation email.
These rooms are also accessible from the second floor of Bradfield Hall or the third floor of Plant Science.
Accessible parking can be found on Mann Drive, on the north side of Fernow Hall.
The Stocking Hall 115 mini recording studio is accessible by curb cuts, sidewalks and ramps on the south side of the building, between Wing Hall and Stocking Hall. The main door on that side of the building is locked card-access controlled and is equipped with a power door touch pad. Continue straight through the doors to the old entrance to the original Stocking Hall (West) building, on the left. Make an immediate right to 115 Stocking Hall. Accessible parking can be found on Wing Drive, and between the Livestock Pavilion/Wing Hall and Riley-Robb Hall.
- Cleaning supplies (70% alcohol and paper towels) will be provided in each room.
- Classrooms (including these mini-studios) will be cleaned daily by University Custodial staff
- AV and IT equipment (keyboards, mouse, cable connections, etc.) should only be cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Wet the paper towel with 70% isopropyl alcohol and wipe the equipment.
- Please do NOT touch or clean camera lenses.
- Clean on the way in any equipment you will be touching.
- Clean any equipment you touched on the way out.
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