Classroom, Lecture, and Meeting Space Capabilities and Capacities

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the expectation is that the MBL will provide the ability to accommodate distance learning in its indoor lecture and classroom spaces and in its expanded outdoor tent space.

The MBL’s supported video conferencing, live streaming, and recording options for indoor spaces include two main platforms:

  • Zoom for interactive distance learning; and
  • Panopto for non-interactive live streams and recording.

The Zoom and Panopto platforms are compatible, allowing content recorded with Zoom to be automatically uploaded to Panopto for on-demand viewing.

Additionally, the MBL provides each course with a Microsoft Teams account which is a communications platform, similar to Slack, that can be used for chat, sharing files, and as a video conferencing tool.

The MBL has three main categories for audio-visual support throughout lecture and classroom spaces indoors. These categories include:

  • Fully integrated rooms with cameras, microphones, and speakers integrated as part of the multimedia system to allow for interactive audio/video calls;
  • Partially integrated rooms with some audio-visual elements, but not all; and
  • Ad hoc rooms with no integrated equipment for audio-visual participation

To assist courses with audio-visual support for their distance learning instruction, the MBL will rent each course a laptop preloaded with the Zoom, Panopto, and Teams clients with a course user ID to allow access to the MBL Zoom and Panopto portals via an MBL account.

 Click here to download the layouts of each of the spaces listed below.

Fully Integrated Indoor Lecture and Classroom Spaces
Space
Capability
Person Capacity as of July 1, 2021
Candle House 104/105
• Only when using 104 or 104/105 combined
40 people + speaker
Lillie Auditorium
• A microphone is required for Q&A
• IT support is required to arrange Zoom/Panopto calls
245 people + speaker
Lillie 100A
• 80-90” screen with Creston Mercury unit for audio in/out
• Integrated camera
10 people at the table
Lillie 103
• 80-90” screen with Creston Mercury unit for audio in/out
• Integrated camera
15 people at tables + speaker
Loeb G-70
• Only when using the North classroom or North and South rooms combined
23 people at tables + speaker
Meigs Room
• A microphone is required for Q&A.
• IT support is required to arrange Zoom/Panopto calls
25 people + speaker
*Note: The above capacity is for theater style seating. The capacity number changes based on seating set-up.
MRC 310
• 80-90” screen with Creston Mercury unit for audio in/out
• Integrated camera
6 people at the table
Speck Auditorium
• A microphone is required for Q&A
• IT support is required to arrange Zoom/Panopto calls
62 people + speaker
Starr 222
• 80-90” screen with Creston Mercury unit for audio in/out
• Integrated camera
14 people at the table
Starr 322
• 80-90” screen with Creston Mercury unit for audio in/out
• Integrated camera
14 people at the table
Partially Integrated Indoor Lecture and Classroom Spaces

Note for partially integrated lecture and classroom spaces:

For Zoom calls where the instructor is a remote participant: students can bring their laptops and headphones/mics to the room and connect to the Zoom call. When asking a question, they can unmute themselves and speak to the instructor.

For Zoom calls where the instructor is live in the room: the audio in/out device will work for those students in closest proximity to the device, but the instructor may need to repeat questions posed from students in the back of the room so that the remote students can more clearly hear the questions.

Space
Capability
Person Capacity as of March 8, 2021
Loeb 108
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
8 students
Loeb 160
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
12 students
Loeb 207
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
12 students
Loeb 260
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
16 students
Loeb 306
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
12 students
Loeb 353
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
6 students
Loeb 357
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
6 students
Loeb 360
• Large format screen with integrated speakers
• Stand mounted to the head table with a USB camera and audio in/out device for Zoom calls, live streams, and recordings
 
6 students
Support for Smaller Capacity Indoor Classrooms
Space
Capability
Person Capacity as of July 1, 2021
Loeb 263
• Screens
• Projectors
• Speakers for audio playback but no microphones or cameras
18 people at tables + speaker
Loeb 374
• Screens
• Projectors
• Speakers for audio playback but no microphones or cameras
18 people at tables + speaker
Starr 209
• Screens
• Projectors
• Speakers for audio playback but no microphones or cameras
21 people at tables + speaker
MRC 210
• Screens
• Projectors
• Speakers for audio playback but no microphones or cameras
20 people at tables + speaker
Additional Indoor Lecture and Classroom Space
Space
Capability
Person Capacity as of March 8, 2021
Swope Center Private Dining Room (PDR)
No integrated technology. Must contact MBL IT for assistance.
12 people at tables + speaker
Lillie Grass and Bay Reading Rooms
No integrated technology. Must contact MBL IT for assistance.
Outdoor Dining and Meeting Space

Organizers must reserve tent space through the MBL Booking Calendar or by emailing MeetingSpace@mbl.edu.

Space
Capability
Person Capacity as of July 1, 2021
Loeb Quad
Classroom and social event space.
Users must contact MBL IT for assistance with audio support.
32 at 8’ tables
Swope Rear Lawn Tent
Primary use is for overflow dining space, events with catering by Sodexo and potential use by courses.
Must contact MBL IT for assistance with audio.
50 at tables
Swope Café Tent
Primary use is overflow dining space, events with catering by Sodexo and potential use by some courses.
Must contact MBL IT for assistance with audio.
50 at tables
Swope Upper Terrace Tent
Tables with chairs, limited power.
Must contact MBL IT for assistance with audio.
25 at tables