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Group Study Rooms - Knowledge Commons

Group Study Room Availability

 

Reserve a Group Study Room

Reservations are recommended.

  • Reserve in person at the Knowledge Commons Help Desk
  • Phone 814.863.4547
  • Check availability of the Knowledge Commons and Leisure Reading Group Study rooms
    and make your own reservation using the EMS System.
collaborative workspace in the Knowledge commons

General information on the Group Study Rooms in West Pattee:

  • 4 to 6 users can connect their laptops to “pucks” (Mediascape). What appears on one’s laptop will then appear on the large screen monitors.
  • Macs and iPads require a VGA adapter. These are available at the Knowledge Commons Help Desk. When using a VGA adapter:
    • Make sure Mac laptop is awake and the dongle (vga connector) is connected
    • Manually turn on display in mediascape room
    • Connect dongle to pod connector and wait
    • Does the laptop display on the big screen automatically?
    • If not, click the pod to turn the light green
    • If it still doesn't display, try detecting displays (under apple icon > system preferences > displays > click "detect displays") Once detected you should see 2 boxes, one for your laptop display and one for the external VGA display. Next, set the VGA resolution for the external display to 1920 X 1080 pixels at 60hz
group study in Knowledge Commons

Detailed Description of the Group Study Rooms in the Knowledge Commons

 

  • W129: Group study room (6 – 8 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Samsung 32” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, white boards
  • W128: Group study room (6 – 8 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Two Samsung 37” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, white boards
  • W127: Group study room (6 – 8 capacity)
    Thomas G. Kerr Group Study
    D-shaped Mediascape; Two Samsung 37” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, white boards
  • W126: Group study room (6 – 10 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Two Samsung 37” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, white boards
  • W125:   Group study room (2-4 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Samsung 32” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, whiteboard
  • W124: Group study room (2-4 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Samsung 32” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, whiteboard
  • W123: Group study room (also referred to as Small Group Study Pod) (2-4 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Samsung 32” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel, whiteboard
  • W122: Group study room (2-4 capacity)
    D-shaped Mediascape; Samsung 32” – 1080p – LED-LCD flat panel; whiteboard

 

Leisure Reading Group Study Rooms – W101A Pattee and W101B Pattee

  • W101A accomodates up to 8 people and is equipped with tables and chairs
  • W101B sets up to 4 in collaborative chairs

 

Presentation Practice room in the Knowledge Commons

Media Commons
General information on the Group Study/Media Production Rooms

During staffed Media Commons hours, these rooms can be reserved by students working on audio and video class projects. Appointments can be made either in person at the Media Commons Service Desk next to room W138, or by emailing requests to mediacommons@psu.edu.

From 9:00 pm - 9:00 am the rooms are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.  

One-Button Studio/Presentation Practice Studios

The One Button Studio is a simplified video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The design of the studio allows you to create high-quality, polished video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras. You only need to bring your USB flash drive with you and push a single button.

  • W132: One-Button Studio/Presentation Practice Room (Richard and Sally Kalin Presentation Practice Room)
    Equipment:
    • iMac w/projector for PPT or Keynote Presentations,
    • One-Button Studio w/ ceiling-mounted LED lights,
    • Greenscreen for video keying (Only available during staffed Media Commons hours by appointment) 
       
  • W134: One-Button Studio/Presentation Practice Room
    Equipment:
    • iMac w/projector for PPT or Keynote Presentations,
    • One-Button Studio w/ ceiling-mounted LED lights,
    • Greenscreen for video keying (Only available during staffed Media Commons hours by appointment)
Audio Recording room in the Knowledge Commons

Media Production Rooms

  • W131: Video editing / Audio recording (1-6 capacity)
  • W133: Video editing / Audio recording (1-6 capacity)
  • W135: Video editing / Audio recording (1-6 capacity)
  • W138: Video editing / Audio recording (1-6 capacity)
  • W142: Video editing / Audio recording (1-6 capacity)

    Each room:
    • iMac
    • iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, GarageBand
    • Media Commons Storage
    • Blue Snowball USB microphone on stand
  • W136: Media Production Lab (5-20 capacity)
    • Space for 5 groups working on multimedia (audio editing/video editing) projects
    • Five iMacs
    • 1 DV/DVD/VHS Deck
    • Five U-shaped tables for groups of 1-4 students
    • iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, GarageBand, Media Commons Storage