Faculty Exploratory
Faculty Exploratory | One Button Studio
Faculty Exploratory | Technology Demonstration Area
Faculty Exploratory | Media Scape
Faculty Exploratory | One Button Studio
Faculty Exploratory | One Button Studio
Faculty Exploratory | Informal Meeting Area

Room 305 Otto Richter Library

This multipurpose space was designed to provide the optimum learning environment for faculty at the University of Miami. The Exploratory is equipped with a variety of learning spaces which are intended to promote interactions with technology and stimulate conversations related to technology integration in teaching and learning. 

The Faculty Exploratory can be booked by UM faculty and UM instructional designers. The room is available for reservation during library hours. Staff assistance in using the lab is available Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.

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One Button Studio

One Button Studio

The One Button Studio is modeled after a traditional film studio. The OBS includes a camcorder, professional fixed lighting, an anchored ceiling microphone, a light board, a podium and a reflective background which can be utilized as a green or blue screen. The OBS was created to simplify the entire film making process by remotely controlling all of the filming elements with the touch of a button. 

To use the OBS:

  1. Reserve the Faculty Exploratory, and select 'One Button Studio' in the reservation form.
  2. Check out the Faculty Exploratory Room Key from the Richter Circulation Desk when it is time for your booking.
  3. Insert your flash drive into the hub.
  4. Push the button, and wait for the countdown.
  5. When you are finished, push the button again.
  6. Wait for the indication that your flash drive is ready to be removed. Your video will then be compressed into a convenient mp4 format and will be ready for use.

MediaScape (Training and Meeting Space)

Media Scape

The MediaScape area of the Faculty Exploratory is a space designed to comfortably accommodate between 10 and 15 people. This area includes a U shaped couch seating area along with additional seating located behind the couch. This space is intended to provide the optimum learning environment when viewing webinars or collaborating on research or projects. This area houses a large flat screen tv connected with Apple Tv to make setting up a connection with your laptop or tablet simple and efficient. 

To use the MediaScape:

  1. Reserve the Faculty Exploratory, and select 'Training and Meeting Space' in the reservation form.
  2. Check out the Faculty Exploratory Room Key from the Richter Circulation Desk when it is time for your booking.
  3. Bring a personal device (if you would like to connect to the flat screen tv).
  4. Connect to the TV via Apple TV or HDMI port.
  5. Use the podium, if necessary for training purposes and presentations.

Informal Meeting Space

Informal Meeting Area

This area is intended to provide a comfortable seating establishment for individuals desiring to hold an informal meeting or discussion. This space includes a small couch which will seat 3 to 4 individuals. Use the Informal Meeting Space to sit and talk with others about upcoming projects, teaching strategies, and new technology trends.

To use the Informal Meeting Space:

  1. Reserve the Faculty Exploratory, and select 'Informal Meeting Space' in the reservation form.
  2. Check out the Faculty Exploratory Room Key from the Richter Circulation Desk when it is time for your booking.

Technology Demonstration Space

Technology areaThis area is intended to provide hands on experiences with new technology devices. This space is comprised of a table and three chairs which can also be utilized as additional seating during high attendance events. Recent technology demonstrations have included a Phoenx Microphone (a noise reduction microphone system), the Swivel (a motion tracking video device), and the Wacom Intuos Tablet (an interactive tablet that connects to your computer).

To use the Technology Demonstration Space: