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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Equipment Guidance


Laptops and other mobile devices can be connected in most rooms using HDMI or VGA inputs using the ‘flying leads’ provided (VGA is now a retired service and will not be provided in rooms that have been refurbished since 2016).

Laptops and other mobile devices can also be connected Wireless through Solstice, which is available in a number of teaching and meeting spaces. Wireless connection is now an AV standard within the university.

HDMI and Wireless connection will also sends sound to the intergrated room speakers. Volume level of intergrated room speakers is controlled via the Control Panel in the Teaching or Meeting room.

Control Panel

These are panels on or near the teaching lectern which allow selection of availiable sources with in the teaching or meeting room to be sent to the display. The university currently uses two types of control panel, a button unit and a touchscreen unit. Each teaching space and larger meeting room should have operation instructions in the room for the control panels.

Below is quick video demonstration of a Control Panel - Touchscreen.

AMX Control Panel

AMX Control Panel

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Display Screen - Group Displays

New to Teaching and Learning Centre 2019 and Maths and Computer Sciences 2021.

These display are controlled from the teaching lectern, they display the source selected from the control panel to the display screens around the room. Each display screen will be for a group of up to 8 students.

Each group display can also display up to 4 Student PC, via Solstice, from within the group, allowing for collaboration work between students. A Control Panel by the group display allows for this option, which can be overriden at the teaching lectern to display the main dislay source of the room.

Display Screen - Interactive

Full interactive touchscreen displays, minimum 1080 High Definition resolution.

These are becoming standard in smaller teaching spaces and meeting rooms as rooms are upgraded.


Encore is the University’s lecture capture software which is installed in many teaching spaces. For more detailed information on Encore and how Encore works click here.


Larger teaching spaces are equipped with microphones. Most spaces will have a fixed gooseneck microphone on the lectern with a mute button on the base. The space will also have radio microphones - handheld and/or lapel/lavalier - which in most spaces are rechargeable, the charging dock located on the lectern. The radio microphones have an on/off button and the volume has been set, requiring no adjustment by the user.

Please return the microphone back to the charging dock when finished.


These digital camera systems often referred as document cameras provide functionality that replaces overhead projectors. Existing acetates if still current can be used on a visualiser. The most common uses for this device are for displaying pages from books, objects and artefacts and displaying hand written notes.

Dual Visualiser

New to Teaching and Learning Centre 2019 and Maths and Computer Sciences 2021.

These are two visualiser on the lectern with a writing surface. The information writing on the surface is displayed via the room displays and can be captured via Encore when active.