Rice University

Classroom Technologies

HUM 120 Humanities Building

  • Conference Room Main Entrance View
  • Conference Room Rear/Side View
  • Conference Room Instructor View/Screen Off
  • Conference Room Instructor View/Screen On
Room Type
Conference Room
17 - Conference Table (with chairs)
Windows with Blinds/Shades
Writing Surface
15'(W) x 4'(H)
Projection Surface
Large Plasma Display
42" Touch Screen Display
Instructor PC
1 PCs
1 Laptop VGA Ports
1 Laptop HDMI Ports
Power at seats? No
Video Conferencing
Available? No
Student Wheelchair Access? Yes
Instructor Wheelchair Access? Yes

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Technology Instructions

Podium 4 (Huma)

The "Podium 4 (Huma)" class of podium is controlled by a touch-panel remote which is located on the equipment rack, in the closet to the left of the display.  The system contains a PC and MAC Mini computerblu-ray/dvd disc player, and laptop VGA, HDMI, and stereo audio connection inputs.

Classroom activation:

1 - Wake the touch-panel: 

With a firm touch to the “touch-panel” screen or a firm press to the top left round button will wake the panel from hibernation.  A “welcome image” will appear prompting you to perform another firm touch to the screen in order to continue.

2 - Activation of display monitor (Flat-screen):

With the touch-panel activated, a message box will appear asking whether or not the monitor will be used for the session.  Press "yes" if affirmative, press "no" if negative. 

Note:  If subsequent use of the monitor is required, pressing the “mode select” hard button on the right side of the touch-panel will activate the previous touch-panel message box, at this time, "yes" can be selected to activate the monitor.

3 - Source display:

If “yes” is selected to activate the monitor, a guide dialog box will appear prompting the user to select their desired source.  Please make sure to select the source you wish to use at this time. 

Note:  The selected computer, PC or MAC, may be in hibernation mode; thus you will have to "wiggle" the mouse or press the "Esc" (escape) button on the keyboard to wake the computer.

4 - Screen control:

This room does not have a projector screen. 

5 - Monitor:

There is no feedback monitor in this room, feedback will come directly from the display monitor.   

6 - Audio:

There are three audio levels that must be taken into consideration when operating room audio.  The computer audio should be at max level.  The software audio should also be adjusted accordingly.  The room audio at the touch-panel can then be adjusted up or down to further calibrate the room audio, this can be done using the “up” and “down” hard buttons on the left side of the touch-panel.

Note:  If the Mac computer audio is "greyed out", this indicates that the audio can only be adjusted through the touch-panel.  This is a function of the mac computer when connected to a source via HDMI cable. 

7 - Microphones (if applicable):

Please see the corresponding microphone "tab" for room specific instructions.

Note:  Not all classrooms are equipped with microphones.

Issues, questions, or urgent assistance please contact OIT Operations desk at 713-348-4989.

Dell OptiPlex 9020:


The PC computer can be selected from the source selection device particular to the system being used.  The PC computer has a 15-minute inactivity sleep timer that will activate when the keyboard or mouse are not moved, however the timer is rendered inactive when viewing a powerpoint file in presentation mode or watching a video (youtube, netflix, etc, or media player) in full screen mode.  When the PC computer is selected you may need to "wiggle" the mouse or press any key on the keyboard to wake the computer.  


On the login screen you may enter your "netid" or "temporary visitor id" that was obtained through the OIT help desk 713-348-HELP (4357).  All software on the PC computer is available to all who login to the computer.  The current software suite can be found at the following link.


The PC computer has USB ports on the front of the computer that can be used to plug and access your USB memory stick, charge a mobile phone, or plug a wireless receiver for a presentation advancing remote.

Software Link:  

PC Software Load: (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)


Issues, questions, or urgent assistance please contact OIT Operations desk at 713-348-4989.