College Commons Loan Equipment Process

Are you a student or faculty member at the College of Education and Human Ecology requiring video and audio equipment to record the classes you teach, need it for a class project, or simply require it for research purposes?

Here at the College Commons located in Ramseyer Hall 260, our trained student employees can assist you in loaning out what you need to improve teaching and learning experiences. We offer Canon Vixias and Bloggies; tripods for each of them; and even microphones like the Nessie and Zoom.

What can you expect during check out?

Our full time program assistant, Andrew Vogel, and a trained student worker at the front desk can explain to you the difference between the different microphones and cameras to help facilitate your decision as to what you want to loan out. You will then have to fill out a Qualtrics survey with your contact information, the course you require it for, the associated faculty member teaching the class and the details of the equipment you are loaning out. Don’t forget to bring your buck id. Without it, we are unable to verify if you are indeed a part of the university. Each staff member or student is allowed a 20-business day loan period after which all equipment loaned out must be returned. Equipment loaned out by a faculty member is allowed to be loaned out for the remainder of the current semester. Once you have agreed to our terms and conditions and the survey goes through, you will be receiving an initial email confirming your loan with information about when it’s due and what equipment you loaned out. Our student workers will also be emailing you a reminder email to return your equipment closer to when your loan is due. If you are late, you will be receiving a late email. If after a week of delinquency if you are a student, we reserve the right to contact your professor and grades may be withheld.

What if I have never used a camera and tripod before?

Don’t fret the staff siting at the front desk are available at our open hours to assist you in learning how to use the equipment; in fact, you can get a demo right then and there after you loan out your equipment. How do I transfer and edit my recordings on my computer or any other device? In the bag containing your equipment you will find the necessary cables that you require for any transferring needs. Our staff can also walk you through the transfer and editing procedure.

When returning cameras, our staff will be checking if the equipment returned is in the same condition as it left; a valid buck id must be brought in for us to cross check if the person who loaned it out is in fact you. If we find any damage to the equipment we are reserved the right to charge you for replacing the damaged equipment. We recommend you delete the recordings off your equipment yourself before returning it and make sure you have it saved on your device. If our staff find any recordings on the equipment; we reserve the right to delete it immediately once the check in procedure is completed and do not hold ourselves liable to any loss of your project. It would be highly appreciated if you could charge the equipment before you return it as during our busy season there is equipment loaned out the minute we have a return and our staff might not be able to check if the equipment is working or provide a demo to the next customer.

If you have any questions you can contact our Program Coordinator, Kristina Fox, and Program Assistant, Andrew Vogel, for more information, or you can contact us at

EHE College Commons!

Need a cool place to study between classes? Want to hold an awesome event? Have an assignment that requires video or audio recording? Well the EHE College Commons is the place for you!   Located in Ramseyer 260, the College Commons is open and staffed 46 hours a week to meet all of your needs.

There are many different options for study spaces in the Commons. If you’re looking for a comfy location to lounge while reading a book, the loft area is perfect, complete with big cushions, giant bean bags, and rolling desks. On the main level there are plenty of desks available for individual or group study sessiLX8A0858ons. We also have a large number of desktops, both Macs and PCs, that are open for any student or faculty member to use. These computers are equipped with almost all the software and programs that you need to complete assignments or projects for class. When you’re done working on your homework, if there’s anything you need to print, just log on to osuwireless internet and you can send it right to our color printer!

The EHE College Commons is also a great place to hold an academic event! The tables and chairs can be arranged in a variety of ways to accommodate your specific needs, whetheLX8A0856r it be a group discussion, a poster session, or a speaker presentation. Microphones, laptops, projector screens, and large rolling whiteboards are also available to be used during events. For more computer-based events or meetings, you could reserve our SmartBoards or Collaboration Table. The SmartBoards are great for giving interactive lectures and technology workshops. And the Collaboration Table allows you to share screens with up to four people!

The College Commons is run by the EHE Educational Technology department, so don’t fret if your teacher assigns a project that requires a quality video or audio recording. For a recording project off campus, we have hundreds of cameras, tripods, and audio recorders that are free to checkout for EHE students, faculty, and staff. Or for a more professional video or audio recording, you could reserve one LX8A0848of our state-of-the-art recording spaces in Ramseyer Hall. The One-Button Studio is a user-friendly studio with a green screen, microphones, a video camera, and a Mac to do the mixing and editing. The Whisper Room is a handicapped accessible, completely soundproof room equipped with microphones and Macs to make professional-sounding recordings. And if you have any questions, the EdTech Team would be happy to help you out!

The EHE College Commons has a little something for everyone to make your school year go by smoothly. We can’t wait to see you in Ramseyer 260!