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Communications 314 classroom

Communications 314 – Martha S. Wallen Room

Room Technology Updated: Summer 2018

Max Capacity: 32

Your Room Contains

Classroom Resources:
Instructor Resources:
  • Control Panel: AMX Style 16
  • 1 Document Camera(s) with Manual Button Controls
  • Classroom computer: Departmentally-supplied Mac
  • Cynap
  • Blu-ray
  • Cables:
    • 1 HDMI cable(s)
    • 1 VGA Cable(s)
Instructor Screens:
  • Podium Monitor(s)
Audience Screens:
Audio Visual:
  • Camera
  • 1 Lapel Microphone(s)
Note: Cynap Matrix Solution
Physical Accessibility: Scan card access

How To...

control panel icon

Display on the Projector Screen:

  1. Choose Full System On.
  2. From the Projector drop-down menu, choose the input or device you wish to display on the projector.
  3. From the Podium drop-down menu, choose the input or device you wish to display on the instructor podium screen.
Full system on
Steps 1
Steps 2-3

When Finished

  1. Tap Return to Main Page.
  2. Choose System Off.

For more information and basic troubleshooting, go to the Technology Training area.

document camera with manual buttons

The document camera located in your classroom allows you to easily display documents, objects, and simple demonstrations to an entire classroom and/or lecture hall.  

Key Features:

  • Zoom wheel, which allows for closer details of the images or objects being projected
  • Continuous auto-focus that adjusts as you zoom in and out to keep your image in clear focus
  • LCD preview
  • A brightly lit working surface
  • Loop-pull up for easy setup
  • Freeze frame, which freezes the image displayed through the projector system

How to Use the Document Camera:

  • Lift up the document camera with the loop-pull and the camera will automatically turn on.  If your doc camera does not turn on, tap the button located either at the top of the working surface or to the right of the working surface.
  • Place your document or demonstration on the working surface 
  • Ensure auto-focus is enabled to have a continuous clear presentation  

Other Resources:

Watch a video on the basic steps to using the Document Camera.

mac computer

Some rooms on campus have supplied computers in the classroom. The computer in this room is supplied by the department that primarily uses the space. OIT does not have access to login information on this Mac. Please contact your department to get information on how to log in or use this computer.

If this computer is using a departmentally provided username/password, make sure you log out of any app when you are done. Otherwise, anyone who logs onto the computer will be able to log into your apps under your name.

Possible Feature: Using the Camera and Supplied Computer

Some departments chose to connect a room-provided camera to the computer. IF your classroom has a camera, it MAY be connected to the room computer. If so, you should be able to use the Classroom Supplied Computer to run a Zoom meeting using the in-room microphone and camera. Note – logging onto the classroom supplied computer to Zoom will log you out of Zoom on your personal computer.

  1. Log onto the computer using your NetID and Password (or the computer may already be logged in for you with a local account).
  2. Launch Zoom
  3. Choose Sign in
  4. Select the Sign in with SSO option on the right.
  5. Type in Tennessee before the
  6. Select Continue
  7. Log in to Zoom with your NetID and Password
  8. Approve the Two-Factor Authentication
  9. Choose Launch Zoom
  10. Launch your meeting
  11. Choose Join with Computer Audio (you may want to select the checkbox to Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting as well)
  12. Turn on the lavalier (lapel-style) mic.

For information on connecting your document camera to your classroom computer, see this article.

Please note – because this is a departmentally-supplied computer, OIT cannot help with in-depth support for using this device. You will need to contact your department for assistance with using this computer.

These instructions will help you to connect a device to the Cynap.

Go to our Cynap page in the Technology Training section for more advanced features of using Cynap.

Connecting Your Laptop Wirelessly:

  1. Connect your laptop.
    • On Windows: 
      1. Use the Windows Key + K Key to bring up the Project menu.
      2. Choose Connect to a wireless display
      3. Choose the Cynap for your room. 
    • On MacBook: 
      1. Select the Airplay icon in your menu bar to see available devices. 
      2. Select the Cynap for your room. 
  2. Enter the 4-digit code that appears at the top of the Cynap screen on your laptop. Your laptop will appear on the Cynap screen. 

Connecting a Wired Device:

Use these steps to display a device that is hooked up using an HDMI cable; this includes the document camera or a laptop.

1. On the Control Panel under the Cynap Input menu, select the device you want to display from the Cynap onto the projector. You can select from your document camera, laptop connected with HDMI or VGA, or Blu-ray player.
Note: Your control panel may look different than the image on the right.
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2. On the Cynap screen, tap the screen and select the [ + ] button.
3. Then, select Cynap Input to add the device previously selected on the Control panel. 
4. Your selected device will appear on the Cynap screen. If you are not in mirror mode, where the instructor screen is mirrored on the main screen, you can send the image over to the main projector screen by tapping the bottom menu of the window on the Cynap and choosing the Send to Projector button.
Note: OIT recommends using Mirror mode to make things simpler. If you use Mirror mode, make sure you go to your home screen on the control panel and turn the system off, then turn the system back on at the beginning of class. This will reset your PIN code for Cynap so that previous users will not have the PIN code.

The Blu-ray player is located inside the instructor podium and the basic controls area available on the control panel.

The Blu-ray player can play Blu-rays, standard DVDs and Music CDs coded for Region 1 - Canada, the United States and U.S. territories.

Getting Started

  1. Begin by using the control panel to turn the projection system on. If your classroom has multiple projectors, there will be more than one projection option at the top of the control panel.
  2. To enable the Blu-ray player, select which projector you wish to display the Blu-ray/DVD through and select DVD Player option.  
  3. Load your Blu-ray/DVD into the player.
  4. Use the control panel to access the menu controls and select what you'd like to play.

See this example for how the DVD controls will look on your control panel. Notice you can play, stop, pause, rewind, fast-forward and step ahead. You also have a subtitles on/off option. Use the circular menu for moving through the on-screen menu on your DVD.

DVD menu controls

The camera in your classroom can be controlled by the Control Panel in your room. You should see a Camera control button on the panel. This is usually under the Cynap menu. On this button, you can pan, tilt, and zoom in with your camera. In some classrooms, cameras may have preset controls that will move them to a set spot and zoom. Try out the controls available to you in your room.

Tip: if you are zoomed in, the pan and tilt will be more pronounced. Zoom out to have more control over the movement of the camera.

These cameras are set up to use with Zoom or Panopto, which you can access through the WebRTC app on your Cynap.

Lapel-style microphones are called Lavalier mics. Lavalier microphones are clipped to your shirt and come with a battery pack. Each mic has been programmed to work with the audio system in your classroom. These mics will not work in other rooms because they have not been set to work with another room system and may also be incompatible with some of the equipment in that room. Please contact OIT if you need additional mics in your classroom.

To change the battery on this microphone, look for the small tab either on the side or bottom of the battery pack. Mics will take either D or AA batteries. These batteries should be available in the cable drawer of your podium. If you do not have batteries and need some immediately, contact the emergency line of the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9110. If you wish to just report that the room needs batteries for next time, please contact the main number of the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900.

This room contains a Cynap Matrix solution, which contains multiple Cynaps in the room controlled by a main Cynap system. Students can connect to different Cynap stations and share that input across Cynaps in the room. Please contact OIT to request training on the Matrix if you wish to use this or other room features.


The room is accessed by scan card when no classes are in session.

These instructions will help you to record your lecture using Panopto and Cynap in your classroom.

Step 1: Display Cynap to the Projector

Learn how to display Cynap on the projector. (This link will open in a new tab)

Step 2A: Prepare to share the document camera or your device (example: laptop connected by HDMI or VGA).

Ensure your Mirror Display is ON.

Under the Cynap Input menu, select what you want to display.

Step 2B: Share the document camera or your device (example laptop connected by HDMI or VGA).

Tap the Cynap screen and select the [+] button.

Select the Cynap Input icon to bring up the device you previously selected on the Cynap Input menu

Step 3: Choose WebRTC

Step 4: Choose the Panopto icon

Step 5: Log into UTK Canvas with your NetID and password using Two-Factor Authentication

Step 6: Choose the green Create button

Step 7: Choose Panopto Capture: Record in Browser

Step 8: Choose your laptop or other device previously added to Cynap by tapping the Screens and Apps button at the top of the Panopto page.

To change to a different source, select the Screens and Apps button again

Step 9: To record, tap the red circular Record button.

Step 10: To end the recording, tap the red square Stop button.

Step 11: Saving Your Recording

Recordings and Settings are automatically saved, however, you have the option to:

  • Enter the name you wish to call your recording on the pop-up window.
  • Choose the folder where you wish to save the recording.
  • WAIT to close out the window until you see the green bar message in the upper left corner that says it is safe to close your browser window.

Printable PDF Instructions

Recording Your Lecture with Panopto (PDF)

These instructions will help you to hold a Zoom meeting or record your lecture using Zoom and Cynap in your classroom.

Step 1: On the Control Panel, display Cynap on the Projector.

Learn how to display Cynap on the projector. (This link will open in a new tab)

Step 2A: Prepare to share the document camera or your device (example: laptop connected by HDMI or VGA).

On the Control Panel, ensure your Mirror Display is set to ON.
On the Control Panel, under the Cynap Input menu, choose what you want to display (HDMI, doc cam).

Note: you can share your laptop either wired or wirelessly on Cynap.

Step 2B: Share the document camera or your device (example laptop connected by HDMI or VGA)

Tap the Cynap screen and select [+] button

Tap Cynap Input to bring up the device you previously selected on the Cynap Input menu (laptop plugged in with HDMI or doc cam).

Step 3: Choose WebRTC

Step 4: Choose the Zoom Icon

Step 5: On the Zoom page, choose Create or Edit account to login with your NetID and Password

Note, you will need to authenticate using Two-Factor authentication.

Create or Edit Account allows you to start a recurring meeting.

Step 6: Select Join Audio by Your Computer

This may automatically join for you. However, if it does not, press the blue Join Audio by Computer button. Make sure you use the lapel mic. Make sure you unmute from the microphone icon on Zoom. Note you will not see the green indicator for sound until you have either started a recording or have someone in your meeting.

Step 7: Share Screen

Remember to use the lapel mic in order to be heard on your recording or in your meeting.

On the WebRTC window, choose the Share Screen icon at the bottom of the Zoom window.

Step 8: Select which open window you wish to share.

Note, this would be your laptop connected with HDMI or VGA or document camera chosen as Cynap Input or a wirelessly connected laptop, phone, or tablet.

Step 9: Record Your Presentation

Select the record button on the WebRTC window to record your Zoom presentation. Presentations are automatically recorded to the cloud and recordings will be copied over to Panopto for you.

Note, in some rooms, the room camera turns off when sharing the screen. To turn the camera back on, select Start Video again.

Printable PDF Instructions

Recording Your Lecture with Zoom (PDF)

Printable PDF Instructions