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Instructional Design & Support

The Commons – Presentation Rooms

The Practice Presentation Rooms were conceived as a place for students train, practice their presentation, conduct videoconference, study in groups, or conduct meetings.

The Commons, a collaboration between the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and University Libraries, is located in the center of campus, on the second floor of Hodges Library, which is the university’s main library. OIT’s Student Technology Assistants for Research and Teaching (START) students will help UTK students, faculty, and staff to learn to use the equipment within the Practice Presentation Rooms in 220E and Martha L. King Small Group Study Room (220C).

Here’s what you will find in each room:

Practice Presentation Room (220E)

  • SMART Podium
  • Sony DVD-VCR combination unit
  • WolfVision document camera
  • Epson Ceiling-mounted Projector
  • AMX Panel controls
  • Zoom Software for videoconferencing
    • Wall and ceiling mounted cameras (for capturing front and rear views)
    • PC Computer running Windows 10 and Office 2013

Martha L. King Small Group Study Room (220C)

  • Epson wall-mounted projector
  • Extron AV panel controls

Commons Reservation

Patrons may reserve either room via an online reservation form. Reservations are on a first come-first serve basis and may be reserved up to 2 weeks in advance for a maximum of 2 hours.

Reserve a room in The Commons

SMART Technology

SMART Podium patrons may use the installed computer, a personal laptop computer, or check out a computer from The Commons. The SMARTBoard software must be installed onto any personal laptop computer that will be engaging the SMART Podium. The software can be downloaded from SMART Technologies.

Worldwide videoconferencing is available via Zoom. Patrons should contact the HelpDesk for Zoom videoconference training or for basic videoconferencing setup. Previous uses have included: dissertation defense, distance course offering to remote university for visiting professors, guest lecturers/presenters, etc.

Select the link below to download the SMART Notebook software for your computer

SMART Notebook Software

Here’s How to Request Our Services

Submit a request for assistance. Learn about exciting ways to introduce technology into your classroom presentations.

Faculty Assistance Request Form


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