To see if WALS is available, visit the Room Bookings Calendar under the Booking tab. You may request WALS for your class by filling out the Request Form, also found under the Booking tab. You will be asked to provide details about your course and when you would like to book the space. You will also be asked to indicate whether or not you have completed an introductory WALS workshop with the Teaching Support Centre. Once you submit the form, it will be sent to Institutional Planning and Budgeting and the TSC and you will receive an email about next steps.
WALS is a multiplatform space that supports both Mac and PC laptops, so instructors and students can bring their own devices. WALS also features wireless internet and multiple power outlets at each pod.
Students can also use their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to connect to Air Media, an app that lets them project their screens onto the whiteboards in WALS. To download the application on a laptop, please view our “Air Media” video here. You can also explore the information sheets on Connecting to Air Media at each pod.
Note: The process for using Air Media is slightly different for smartphones and tablets than it is for laptops. To download the app on a smartphone or tablet, visit the App Store or Google Play. If you open the app and see a “no available receiver” message, use your device’s Menu button to log in.
You can hook up your Mac or PC laptop in WALS with either an HDMI or VGA cord. HDMI cords transmit both audio and video, while VGA cords only transmit video (so if you use a VGA cord, you must bring a separate audio cable to play sound). The cords are stored on the shelf inside the instructor station. Note that Mac users may need to bring their own adaptors to use certain cords.
For more information on using instructor laptops in WALS, please view our “Instructor Laptop” video here.
If you are a Mac user and want to play sound over the classroom speakers, you need to download Soundflower, an OS X system extension that allows users to play audio with other applications. Soundflower is easy to use and is available to download for free online.
To ensure equity of access, there are designated Lenovo (Windows 8) laptops – one for each pod plus an instructor laptop – available for use in WALS. These are charged and stored in a cabinet in the Observation Room. There are currently no passwords for the laptops. If you would like to log on to the internet and the laptop does not do so automatically, you may log on to the internet using your UWO credentials.
Student presentations should be practiced during sandbox times. Your TA should attend a WALS training session, since they are in charge of supervising student practices. The TA should check the sandbox times on the WALS calendar and email us to confirm WALS will be available for student practices.
Sandbox times are reserved on the WALS calendar for instructors to experiment with the technology. Please check the calendar and email us when you intend to use a sandbox time. That will enable us book off that time to avoid any conflicts.
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