Audio/Visual Services and Policies

The Washington College of Law Audio/Visual (AV) department provides the following services:

  • Assistance with classroom AV equipment.

  • Video/audio taping of classes - webcasting and podcasting.

  • Video project editing and consultation.

Making Audio/Visual Requests

  • Only professors, or faculty assistants on behalf of professors, may request that classes be recorded.

  • All requests must be made through EMS or emailed to av@wcl.american.edu.

  • Requests for weekday support must be made at least 1 business day in advance.

  • Requests for weekend support must be made by the Wednesday prior.

Please note: No equipment may leave the Washington College of Law and the AV office does not provide assistance at outside locations. With sufficient notice (a minimum of 3 business days), we may be able to assist you in arranging video recording or support through a 3rd party vendor).

Types of Recordings

  • Podcasts - Audio Only, posted to MyWCL class page by the Web Team after editing.

  • Webcasts - Audio and Video, a weblink will be emailed to you for you to post on your MyWCL page or for other distribution to your students.

Recording Storage and Retention

  • Webcast links remain active for a year. If you would like them disabled sooner or enabled longer, please notify us.

  • Podcasts are available within MyWCL course pages and may be removed by the professor or their assistants at their discretion. AV will not remove these links.

Equipment and Other Services

  • Cameras/Tripods - While the AV office has cameras and tripods, these are for recording classes in classrooms without built-in cameras. Schedule ahead with AV for recording of classes and events in smaller rooms.

  • Microphones - A limited supply of microphones are available upon request. Microphones can only be used in large classrooms only. No more than 4 microphones are allowed per room, with the exception of Grossman Hall, which can accommodate up to 10. Microphones are not available in small seminar rooms.

  • Podiums - Podiums (with or without a microphone) are available for use in rooms the do not have a tabletop lectern available for use. If the lectern is missing, please contact the Facilities office for a replacement.

  • Portable Displays - Multiple television display carts are available for use in locations without displays.

  • PowerPoint/Presentation Support - PowerPoint assistance is available upon request. Please note that you are responsible for whatever materials or presentations you wish to show. Materials should be brought to the classroom on a flash drive or retrieved through email/cloud storage. AV does not create PowerPoint presentations for classes or events. Please do not send presentations to AV ahead of time.

  • Video Projects - AV is able to provide assistance with the editing of video projects and clips before and after each semester. In-semester, AV may be able to help with smaller projects, however resources may be more limited. Please prepare in advance as much detail as possible for these projects. Please allow a minimum of 3 business days or more for the completion of these projects, depending on the size and scope of the project.

Lending

  • AV does not lend out equipment.

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Thu: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat-Sun: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Contact Information

Media Control Center
American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Suite NT10L
Washington, DC 20016
202-274-4479
av@wcl.american.edu

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