Chafee 141

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Chafee Building, bottom floor, room 141.

When entering from the parking lot, turn left and go down the hallway. Follow the hallway to the end, the room will be located on the right.





Tim Tierney
Instructional Technology + Media Services
Chafee 217

For additional information, please contact
Classroom Media Assistance
Lower Level Library (LL4)

To reserve this room, contact Classroom Media Assistance through this form: Reserving Kingston Facilities.
To see room availability please see calendar here


This classroom is not a general assignment classroom. It is booked through Information Technology Services.

It serves several functions:

  • online learning
  • videoconferencing
  • instructional use.

Access is given only after training on the room's equipment has been completed. Trainings are conducted by Classroom Media Assistance who can be contacted at or by phone at 401-874-4278.

Ethernet Access


The teaching station podium has a ethernet cable that can be connected to the teacher's laptop to access the internet. The cable should be found on the teaching station desktop.

There are also ethernet jacks located around the room.

TurningPoint Technologies Channel for this Classroom

Channel 49

Installed Equipment

Chafee 141 has the following equipment installed:

  • Two installed, ceiling-mounted LCD projectors
  • Two Projection screens
  • One Plasma Television
  • Computer at Instructor's Station running Windows 7 and Mac OSX
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Two (2) Video Conferencing cameras for Distance Learning
  • NOMAD Laptop cart
  • Mac laptop cart (also capable of running Windows)

Instructor's Station

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Mac Mini
Document Camera
Teleconference Phone
Room Media Control

There is an ethernet cable located at the teaching station.
Wireless Internet access is also available.
Projector Screen

Located at the front and back of the classroom

To move screen up or down, the controls are found on the media control panel at the teaching station.
There are also manual controls located directly behind the teaching station on the wall.


  • The Display Power ON and warm-up cycle time for the projector is 2 minutes.
  • Any attempt to power OFF within this time period may crash the system.
  • The warm-up time is complete when the green light on the projector is no longer blinking.
  • The projector can be re-powered ON- if needed again- after the 2-minute cool-down cycle.

NOMAD Laptop Information

Nomad Laptop Cart

The NOMAD program at URI provides classrooms with cutting-edge technology, which is restricted to the Education department.

  • 30 Dell laptops running Windows 7

Operating Systems & Software
OS: Windows 7

Installed software:

  • Adobe Flash Player - 10.3
  • Adobe Reader - 10
  • CutePDF Writer - 2.8
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - 11
  • iTunes - 10.4
  • Java RunTime Environment - 6
  • Mathematica - 8
  • McAfee AntiVirus
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime for Dragon Naturally Speaking - 11.5
  • QuickTime - 10.4
  • 7Zip - 9.2
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • SAS - 9.2
  • SPSS - 19
  • Tidebreak Universal Client ClassSpot) - 3.4
  • Turning Point - 2008
  • Windows Interactive Speech Codec Package - 3.6
  • Windows Internet Explorer - 9
  • Windows Media Player - 11

If an instructor needs a software application installed for his or her class, the software installation disk must be provided at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Software will not be updated or newly installed during the semester because of possible incompatibilities with other programs.

Deep Freeze

All NOMAD cart laptops are protected with the Deep Freeze application. Deep Freeze restores a clean disk image each time the machine is restarted. This allows a user to make TEMPORARY changes to one of the laptops (including adding or removing programs). Any documents or other files saved to the computer or software installed will be deleted upon restart.

Laptop Troubleshooting

Log-in Issues
Infrequently, a computer will prompt the user for a username and password at log-in. If this occurs simply restart the computer by holding down the power button.

Program Updates
The operating system and anti-virus software on these laptops are updated once per week. If you receive a message to conduct an update, simply select cancel or ignore.

Equipment Use Directions

Training is Required for first-time users. All media can be controlled from the teaching station. To begin, touch the media control screen on the right hand side of the teaching station.

For General Classroom Presentation:

Start Up Screen

  • Select the 'Standard Classroom Presentation', or top, button.
  • Select the 'Room Controls' button on the bottom left of the touch screen.
Media Control Screen

This will open the screen that will allow for control of the projectors, such as turning them on.

  • Select the 'Send Media" Button from the top controls.

This will give the option of which media to project.
Media source options are located along the top of the touch screen.

Using the Mac Mini

The teaching station in this room uses a Mac mini as its computer with the monitor on the left hand side of the teaching station functioning as its monitor.
The Mac mini should be on when the room is accessed. The Mac mini has the option of running in Windows XP or in Mac OS X.
If, when entering the room, the computer is not in the user's preferred operating system, restart the computer. Upon restart, the computer will ask the user which system it would like to work in.
Note: The computer will automatically start up in the Mac OS X operating system if no choice is made after 60sec.

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Touch Screen Options

Control Screen

The touch screen control is the main media control for the room.
Along the top are the media source options. After selecting one, the controls for that media will show up below.
In the image above, the document camera is selected and the controls for it are displayed.
However, there is also a touch screen remote, located on a wall mount behind the teaching station, that can be used to control the media when away from the teaching station. It can be released from the wall and used as a mobile device around the room.

Remote in wall mount


HDMI Cable

Connecting a Laptop

1. Turn on the system on as directed above.
2. Connect the VGA or HDMI cable to the laptop.
3. Connect the audio cable to the laptop.
4. Turn the laptop on. The startup screen should appear on the laptop.
5. Select laptop button from the media options on the top of the touch screen control.
6. From this screen, select which projectors to send the image to.
When using another source, such as the doc camera, select the input for that source.

Notes: If using a Mac computer, a video cable adapter is needed (i.e. VGA to DVI or Mini-DVI), contact Classroom Media Assistance at 401-874-4278 if you need to borrow one.
If an image does not appear, try using the function key for display selection (i.e. Fn + F8).

When using a Mac, go to System Preferences (under the Apple Menu in the upper left), select the Displays pane, and click on "Detect Displays."

In a 4:3 environment: Your laptop's output must be set properly to be used with this system: Resolution: 1024 x 768 Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

In a 16:10 environment:Your laptop's output must be set properly to be used with this system: Resolution: 1280 x 800 resolution

Make sure the video output is active (e.g. Function + F8, or similar command)

Playing a DVD

There is a DVD player in the classroom. It is located at the teaching station in the cabinet.

Document Camera

Document Camera

The document camera can project images of either an opaque piece of paper or a transparency sheet.
Controls for the document camera can be accessed from the room media control at the teacher's station or on the document camera itself.

Table Top Microphone


These are only for videoconferencing or teleconferencing use with the Polycom system. These microphones are not controlled by the podium.

Video and Teleconferencing

Chafee 141 is equipped to handle both video and teleconferencing.
Further instruction for these functions can be found on the information page located ( here)


1. No Sound:

  • If no sound is coming from a program on the teaching station computer:

-First check to ensure that the 'Mute' is not selected in the media controls.
-Then check to ensure that the sound is not muted on the computer.
If the sound is on from the media control and the computer, please contact the Chafee ITMS office in Chafee 217.

  • If no sound is coming from a laptop:

-Check to ensure that the audio cable is connected to the laptop.
-Check that the laptop's volume is not muted and that the media controls are not muted.

2. No Picture:

  • If no image from the teaching station computer, first try to send the media to the projector again.
  • Next, check to make sure that the projector is on. If it is not, use the media controls to turn it on.

3. Laptop Will Not Project:

  • Double check cable connections to the laptop.
  • Ensure that the 'VGA' media option is selected and sent to a display on the media control.
  • On the laptop try the following command- Press 'Fn' key, hold down and then also press 'F4' key (may also be F8).

This will tell the laptop to send the image.

4. Flat Screen Does Not Have Image:

  • On the media control, check that the flat screen is turned on.
  • On the media control, check that the image is selected to be sent to the LCD screen.

If you are still experiencing problems and have tried the above suggestions, then please contact the Chafee ITMS office at:
Or go to the office in Chafee 217

Locking Up Procedures

1. On the bottom right hand corner of the screen is a red button that says 'Turn System off' .
2. A new screen will come up that will ask 'Yes' or "No' for shutting down the media.
3. Power OFF and disconnect any personal media devices.
4. Turn the classroom Lights OFF. Shut all Exterior Doors.
5. The door should lock behind you.


Ask students waiting for the next class to remain outside the classroom until their instructor arrives.

As the Instructor, you are responsible for the room's security during your class time, so please lock up!