Within the HEC there are forty smart classrooms, each with its own full-touch, screen-control system. The system interactively controls every aspect of the technology, including:
A document camera has been installed in each of the rooms as an update to the older transparency film projectors. The cameras allow instructors to show solid-paper documents, calculators, photos, books or objects through the ceiling-mounted LCD projector.
Each teaching station comes with a fully interactive monitor that allows the user to physically write notes using the screen of the computer as a writing tablet and have the notes projected through the LCD projector. In addition, they can highlight or draw or write over Internet pages, PowerPoint presentations or other documents, allowing for visual emphasis during lectures or demonstrations.
Three math classrooms have been equipped with dual-LCD projectors and screens that allow the instructors to use the computer and the document camera interactively for lectures.
Also, connect anywhere in the world using two way IP video at the Medford Higher Education Campus using our video-conferencing room (HEC 126). This room is equipped with a Tandberg 700 video conferencing unit that uses internet protocol video to connect two-way video running at 384 kbps, with a high quality LCD projector and 8ft screen so you can see life-size images and hear crystal clear audio. This classroom which holds 22 people has a flexible configuration to meet your meeting or classroom needs. This room is also equipped with a document camera, computer, and a VCR/DVD unit to enhance your presentation. The video conferencing room can be rented to the public for global video-conferencing needs. Advance bookings are recommended to ensure availability and connectivity to other sites.
A Presentation Hall (HEC 132) and a Science Lecture Hall (HEC 112) have been equipped with 7.1 Dolby digital surround-sound, Blue Ray high-definition DVD players and high-def LCD projectors. The Presentation Hall is also equipped with four remote control cameras, a video switcher, audio board and a character generator. All this equipment is run by a video technician in a nearby control room. Record your event on DVD or work with Rogue Valley Community Television so your event or class could be broadcasted live to the Rogue Valley. Advance bookings and scripts are encouraged so that a video technician can work with you to produce an entertaining or informative video. This room is available for use by the public as well as SOU/RCC.
Teaching Computer Labs
The HEC has three fully equipped teaching computer labs: two that belong to SOU and one that belongs to RCC. Any of the three labs can be used by RCC and SOU students through a log-in process that allows access to either of the two network environments. The SOU labs are available for student use when they are not being used for a class. They are equipped with standard software, including Microsoft Office and Web browser, plus advanced products such as the Adobe Creative Suites, Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Project and Adaptive Technology packages, which include Jaws, Kurzweil, and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Some of these products cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars per license, making them prohibitive for students to purchase for their own home computers.