We have installed some high-quality webcams, with built-in microphone arrays that work brilliantly to pick up all the voices in the room (even in the Gulbenkian). Normally the camera will be used to capture the speaker on the stage/at the front, but it has a sufficiently wide-angle lens that it can also be turned to face the the audience (in some rooms).  The units are portable, so can be used in a range of rooms, and they support hybrid teaching with or without the teacher present, with minimal intervention from support staff. These guidance notes are left beside/near the equipment in the rooms, and - once the kit has been put in place - the systems are sufficiently easy to login to and start that they're pretty much DIY after the first run-through.

They were in fairly heavy use throughout MT 2020, and we received positive feedback on the set-up from staff and students alike.

Hybrid setup St Cross Building - Dec 2020
Gulbenkian set-up - from the stage

Hybrid setup St Cross Building - Dec 2020
Gulbenkian Hybrid teaching setup - the key components: laptop, webcam, loudspeaker.

Hybrid setup St Cross Building - Dec 2020
Gulbenkian Hybrid teaching setup - the key components: laptop, webcam, loudspeaker - facing the stage, with perspex screen.

Hybrid setup St Cross Building - Dec 2020
The Cube - hybrid setup: view from the assistant's seat.

Hybrid setup St Cross Building - Dec 2020
Hybrid setup in The Cube: from the presenter's seat

A notice to audience members

The web page shown below [www.law.ox.ac.uk/hybrid-slide] - embedded here for info - is offered as a link from both the desktop and taskbar of the lectern/front-desk PCs in the relevant teaching rooms, and should be displayed before each session, or indeed, left running in the background all the time. (It alternates between two slides every 30 seconds.) This content is also available as a PowerPoint presentation. (Once started, the slideshow in this version will loop continuously, like the web page, but of course the two slides may also be copied to your own presentation if you wish.)

The Studio in the White and Case Lecture Theatre

This is also a near-DIY facility, and once a user has been guided through the process the first time, it should be possible for her/him to record high-quality presentation to camera, which can be saved/uploaded in a number of ways. If you would like to find out more about using the studio, please email steve.allen@law.ox.ac.uk

Studio in the White & Case - Dec 2020
Studio setup in the White and Case - the laptop monitor below shows the image that is being displayed on the composite above. I am standing in front of a green screen.

Studio in the White & Case - Dec 2020
Pointing out the location of the fire exit while not standing in the college dining room. (Actually standing in front of a green screen [and rather too brightly lit].)