Temasek Polytechnic relies on Extron AV to create Hyflex classrooms

This Singapore academic institution champions Hyflex learning with the installation of Extron switching, distribution, control and audio equipment and the Lenovo ThinkSmart Core for Microsoft Teams Rooms solution for AV streaming.

Founded in 1990, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) is one of Singapore’s leading higher education institutions, with diploma courses in the areas of applied sciences, business, design, engineering, IT, etc. and a holistic learning system that combines practical experience, character education and relevant skills.

With this vision, TP has adopted the HyFlex learningwhich allows students to attend classes in person, remotely and on demandaddressing the dynamic shift of more and more classes being taught online.

For this project, those responsible for this institution have had Digiworz as responsible for the design of the new audiovisual system and integration services, with the choice of switching, distribution, control and audio equipment Extron.

Ten learning spaces of different sizes and layouts now have the HyFlex audiovisual system, which is configured with the unified communications engine Lenovo ThinkSmart Core for Microsoft Teams Roomsfor audio and video transmission between classrooms and remote students.

The application Microsoft Teams integrated provides a simple user interface through a touch control panelto manage interactions between classrooms and remote students, which has all the functions, including session scheduling, session video recording/transcription, screen sharing, chat, file transfer, etc.

The classroom AV content processed by the CU motor includes video from the teacher’s document camera, the presentation of the topic from his laptop, an interactive classroom screen, views of the space from PTZ cameras, and sound from the microphones.

Remote students with webcam computers have complete telepresence of the classroom. Completing the HyFlex paradigm, the Teams application records class sessions and saves them to Microsoft OneDrive or in the Streams cloud storageallowing students to access content at any time and on demand.

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Each HyFlex classroom is equipped with a 86” interactive touch screen that serves as a blackboard, another standard 86” secondary, mounted on the wall for the students to see, and a 65” monitorlocated on the wall opposite the lectern, providing a direct view of the lecturer.

A Extron MGP 641xi multi-window processor completes the HyFlex experience to show up to four video sources on screens of the classroom and the ends. This content may include lectures, images from PTZ cameras in the room, and from remote student webcams.

The microphone arrays Mounted on the ceiling of each classroom, they capture the voices of teachers and students, in person and remotely (through the CU engine). The directional sound of these microphones allows the automatic tracking by PTZ camera of the people who speak.

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An audio DSP processor DMP Plus of Extron performs the acoustic echo cancellation for remote students, while those in the room hear the sound through eight SoundField ceiling speakers from this manufacturer, powered by a XPA amplifier four channels and 100 watts.

A processor IPCP Pro control integrates with the CU engine to perform AV room management, including LinkLicense for user interfaces and allows the ThinkSmart touchpad on the stand to work seamlessly with this device.

In line with the TP digitization plan To foster a technologically driven educational ecosystem to offer personalized and flexible learning, HyFlex classrooms have given the institution the ability to provide options that were not previously available.

As pointed out Terence Toh, Deputy Director of Sales at Digiworz, “The HyFlex classroom learning system facilitates in-person and remote classes simultaneously. “This provides flexibility for students, who can attend classes on-site or remotely from the comfort of their home.”

One of the great advantages of HyFlex classrooms is that classes are recorded, “a very useful function for our students, since they can watch the lessons again to review them or catch up if they have missed any,” the institution points out. .

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