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This site will provide you with instructions and ideas on using the technology in your campus-hosted classroom. This site does not cover information in departmental classrooms.

Classroom Tech Consultation

  • For help with your classroom technology or to request a 1-on-1 consultation in your classroom, please contact the OIT HelpDesk at our service portal or by phone at 865-974-9900.
  • For immediate assistance in the classroom in case of emergencies (such as technology not working) please contact our emergency help line at 865-974-9110.

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Get instructions for how to use classroom technology (i.e., Cynap, Control Panel, etc) in our Technology Training section.

Recording in Your Classroom with Cynap

Almost all classrooms have a Cynap interactive system. In order to record your lecture in your classroom using the in-room camera and audio, you will need to connect your laptop to the Cynap, project Cynap to the screen in your classroom, and use the lapel-style microphone.

Best Practices for Recording Your Face-to-Face Class

  • Inform your students (multiple times if possible) that you will be recording your class for their later review.
  • Add a statement in your syllabus*. (see example below)
  • Put an announcement in your Canvas course and verbally make an announcement in class.
  • Take steps to ensure recordings are only available to current class participants via Canvas.
  • Consider recording only your lecture material and not class discussions or activities.
  • Recordings from your face-to-face classroom should be posted to Panopto and the link shared in your Canvas course site.
  • OIT currently has Panopto settings in place that support UT security guidelines. Please be aware that any content that UT faculty and staff create or post to Panopto should also follow FERPA guidelines related to release of such content to unauthorized individuals. Protecting data and confidential information contained in any videos posted is the responsibility of each content creator to ensure information is not improperly shared. Instructors and students alike should take care not to share FERPA protected information in video recordings to unauthorized individuals. If you need a refresher on the handling of FERPA protected information, please refer to the FERPA and Student Privacy page as well as the FERPA training provided on the K@TE platform.

*Example syllabus statement:

To allow for greater flexibility and provide additional opportunities to engage with course lectures, many of our class meetings will be recorded and posted to this course’s Canvas site for you to review at your convenience. Please be aware that you will not be on camera , but your voice might be recorded when participating in class, including asking questions. In accordance with the university’s privacy practices, recordings will only be made available to class participants. You are encouraged to not share FERPA protected information in class recordings.

(NOTE: Feel free to add any specific department of college information that needs to be shared.)