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Technical information for teachers

Audiovisual equipment, data projectors

Instructions for using the equipment:

Ceiling projectors are available in other classrooms. The key to the projector cabinet can be borrowed for the whole semester from the secretary (office B513), or if you have a key to an office, it can also be used to open the cabinet. If projection is needed in other areas, a portable projector can be borrowed on a short-term basis from the concierge desk.

Problem solving and non-standard situations

See Addresses for submitting questions and reporting problems.

Software in the PC classrooms for teaching

Well in advance (at least two weeks) before the start of the teaching session, the software requirements for the actual teaching session should be reported, i.e. specifying which software, in which version, in which classrooms and from when it should be available. Information should be sent to win@fi.muni.cz, or unix@fi.muni.cz, or both, depending on the type of operating systems on the computers in the classrooms. It is advisable to test the functionality of the required software before the start of the course, including software that was on the machines in earlier years.

Faculty services (GitLab, etc.) for teaching

In the faculty GitLab, it is possible to arrange for the creation of groups that can be automatically synchronized according to the teachers and/or learners of the course. It is also possible to provide image access for GitLab CI.

If you are interested in a course site, see the site options, where you will probably be interested in the GitLab Pages or Web Directory Space sections.

Similarly, in Stratus.FI faculty virtualization, we can provide groups of people that can be automatically synchronized by course learners. It is also possible to produce private networks, e.g. for teaching networking courses. With early agreement, it is also possible to provide mass preparation of environments - see example in our blog.

Ensuring awareness of operating rules

For courses in computer rooms, students (but also teachers) should be aware of the operating rules and must follow them. In particular, this includes the prohibition of handling cabling in the classrooms (except for cables to connect their own machines) or the prohibition of shutting down/restarting machines.

In the case of a course that involves running more demanding calculations, students must be informed of the rules for running demanding processes.

In the event of a breach of the rules, the student's account may be temporarily blocked, regardless of the complications that result for the student.

The network in the classrooms

The lecture rooms in Building D and the lecture halls in Building A have an Ethernet cable running through the departments which, when authenticated via https://wifi.fi.muni.cz/ with faculty login credentials, will provide an Internet connection. (This can be used as a more reliable and faster alternative to Wi-Fi.)

Testing in the computer lab

We also offer the computer lab (room B106) to majors for use during the exam period. This offers 34 Linux and 24 Windows computers. One of the special exam modes (see following sections) can be run on the Linux computers by arrangement with unix@fi.

When making a reservation, teachers are asked to be considerate of the normal operation of the computer room:

  • If the needs can be covered by other computer rooms, please use those in preference.
  • Book time slots continuously from the morning so that the exam block runs first and then the hall is available to students for the rest of the day (from 6pm at the latest).
  • Try to minimise the number of days on which the hall will be used for rehearsals. Prioritize the use of available time slots on days on which another exam is already scheduled.
  • If possible, at least one computer lab should be available to students as a substitute during the exam period.

Examining in a hallway is a non-standard situation. Please announce it early - interest in using the hall at least one month before the exam period, and individual dates at least one week in advance. CVT reserves the right to suggest other dates or cancel untenable bookings.

Examination session with IS answer sheet

On the Nymfe and Musa machines (see classroom map) we can offer you the use of a special restricted session in which students can only access via the homepagea predefined URL in the browser (typically the IS answer key). In this session the following are not possible: manipulation of the address bar, access to other programs and files on the PC.

To use this exam session, send the times and rooms of the exams to unix@fi.muni.cz, and the IS answer key URL for each time. 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam and 20 minutes after the start time, the PCs will not be able to log in normally, but this special test session will be enforced once the login credentials are entered.

For the exam session, it is possible to reserve a nymfe23 machine for the teacher in B130. Standard login is possible on this single machine. Note that for normal teaching, the nymfe31 machine is used as the teacher machine, to which projectors are connected, but their need is not expected for exams. In A219 the teacher machine naturally fulfils this role and in the PC hall the nymfe81 machine can be reserved in this way.

At the end, please check that everyone has checked out of the exam session ( Alt + F4). You can use the room map to check.

Exam session with limited environment

On the Nymfe and Musa machines, you can use (not only) a restricted environment for programming exams, where students can use text editors, programming language interpreters, etc., but they do not have access to the Internet or their own files.

We will adapt the session parameters (available software from modules and regular sessions, network limitations, available off-line documentation) to your course. The method of distributing assignments and collecting solutions also needs to be agreed in advance; currently a connection to the Frag system works, we can make other methods work as needed. In order to allow students to try out the special session for real, we allow one computer in the computer lab to run a demonstration mode of the session permanently.

The start of the session and each term is manually controlled by the instructor using the Faculty Administration application, in which the instructor has the right to operate the classroom machines at agreed times. At the end of all terms, the tutor must cancel the restricted session again to bring the computers back to normal.

If you are interested in using this exam session, please contact unix@fi.muni.cz well in advance to discuss the technical details.

Classroom seating plans

If you would like to see an up-to-date list of students registered in the computer rooms, you can use the room map.

You can use the seating charts to allocate students for exams in classrooms and lecture rooms.

Bulk transfer between ucho and faculty login

You can use the scripts uco2login and login2uco, which are hosted on the Aisa and Anxur servers, to transfer between the uco and faculty logins.

For use, see uco2login --help.