Loaning computers to students
AIM (Aoyama Information Media Center) says–as of April 5, 2021–that they are now PLANNING to lend laptop PCs to students. There is a possibility that this plan will be implemented from the middle of April 2021. Students will likely only be able to use them until the end of the day that they borrowed them.
Although the laptops will be equipped with a Webcam, they won’t have either WebEx or Zoom pre-installed. It’s not clear if students will be able to install apps on these computers themselves. Probably, for security reasons, that won’t be possible. AIM recommends using WebEx or Zoom from a browser. [Apparently, they’ve never compared performance on a browser vs. the app. Sigh…]
Loaning computers to teachers
Instructors may borrow laptops from the Teachers’ Lounges for the day. Those PCs should be returned before the lounge closes.
The numbers of laptops in the respective lounges are as follows:
Building 17 ==> 20
Building 1 ==> 15
Building 8 ==> 9
[Note: The Foreign Language Library (FLL) doesn’t lend laptops.]
Although the laptops will be equipped with a Webcam, they won’t have either WebEx or Zoom pre-installed. It’s not clear if teachers will be able to install apps on these computers themselves. Probably, for security reasons, that won’t be possible. AIM recommends using WebEx or Zoom from a browser. [Yes, this is disappointing!]
Hyflex lessons in PC classrooms
No teachers’ PCs in the PC classrooms have webcams connected. [These rooms have computers but are not equipped with the CALL system, nor are they under the FLL’s jurisdiction.] Teachers need to bring their own webcam or borrow a Logicool MeetUP Webcam from a Teachers’ Lounge.
Neither Zoom, nor even WebEx, apps, are preinstalled on students’ or teachers’ computers in the CALL classrooms. In general, the apps on the university computers are under the control of AIM. There is a shortcut to the university’s Webex page on the computers:
There is no university Zoom link as it isn’t officially supported. We have to go to the company site and use the system with a browser.
Teachers’ PCs in the CALL classrooms are not connected to webcams right now, but, teachers may borrow MeetUP Webcams from the FLL and these devices will soon be connected to all the teachers’ PCs in the CALL classrooms when security chains arrive (probably from the middle of April 2021). Students’ PCs are not connected to webcams, but webcams can be borrowed from the FLL. There are about 100 of them available for loan.
Logicool Meetup Cameras can be borrowed from the teachers’ lounges for use in usual classrooms. The numbers of these webcams are as follows in each of the three teachers’ lounges:
Buildings 1, 8, 17 have 10 MeetUp Cameras ready.
For the time being, there is no reservation system being planned, so these MeetUp Webcams can be used only on a “first come, first served” basis. That situation may change if there is high demand.
This page was last updated on April 5, 2021.