Increased access to microphones for voice reinforcement and recording
You may have noticed that there are more ‘lapel’ type mics available in more rooms, particularly in larger rooms. This is an LJMU initiative to provide voice reinforcement and recording possibilities for academic staff and students.
In an LJMU staff survey, many staff mentioned their requirement for wireless mics beyond the current provision. This was seen by them as allowing them to move away from the podium, reduction of voice strain, and recording with Panopto. After a pilot study the mics have been rolling out around the campus.
Why is it important that you use them
It can be hard to hear the lecture in some of our larger rooms. Students with or without hearing difficulties can find it hard to concentrate or hear the details of what you are saying. The University aims to address all barriers to ensure that disabled people can participate in all aspects of University life. As outlined in the Equality Act 2010, LJMU has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students and this duty has been further highlighted by the changes made to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). This is outlined in the Disability Policy (Students) – Provision of Support. When you see one of these lapel type microphones please take the time to turn it on and use it to help all your students to hear you clearly. There are two types currently in rooms, the Sennheiser and Revolab. If you need help in using them please contact your local AVIT support.