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How Do I Use Classroom Technology?

This page contains information about technology in classrooms, computer labs, lecture theatres, and video conferencing rooms.

If you require any assistance using technology, please email us at For classroom emergencies, call the IT Service desk at 1-250-740-6300 Monday-Friday 8am - 4:30pm (Pacific).

Classroom Instructor Stations

Log in to the instructor station using your VIU username and password.

Note: If you are a guest on campus, please contact your VIU facilitator for the correct log on credentials.

Click on the volume icon on the lower-right of your screen by the clock. Adjust the volume slider.

Volume Slider

You may need to change your audio output device:

  1. Click on the volume icon on the lower-right of the screen by the clock. Click on the current audio device.

    Change audio output device

  2. Select the correct audio output device from the list

    Select audio output device

  3. Set the volume to an appropriate level and test the audio

    Volume Slider

Step 1: Identify what adapter the projector uses

Projectors may use a variety of different display cables including DVI, VGA, DispalyPort, and HDMI:

Common display cords

Step 2: Identify what ports your laptop has

Your laptop may have different ports and may require an adapter:

Common Display Interfaces

Step 3: Obtain an adapter (if you need one)

If your laptop does not have the correct port, you will likely need an adapter. Contact your area administrator for help ordering an adapter. If you need a recommendation on what adapter to purchase, please contact us at

Step 4: Connect your laptop

Connect the projector's display cable to your laptop, using the appropriate adapter if necessary.

  1. Make sure the projector is turned on and the projector's display cable is connected to your laptop.

  2. You may need to change your laptop's display preferences. Hold down the Windows key ⊞ on your keyboard and press P, then select Duplicate or Extend

    • Duplicate: Duplicates your laptop's screen to the projector

    • Extend: Uses your projector as a second monitor

  3. If you still need assistance, call 250-740-6300 (Local 6300) for AV assistance.

Computer Labs

Nanaimo Campus

All labs, except for those marked with an asterisk (*), can be booked.

  • Bldg 205 - 1st Floor Open Area*
  • Bldg 250 - Room 115 (includes SPSS & Sage 50) - 36 workstations + 1 Instructor station
  • Bldg 250 - 2nd Floor Open Area* (includes Sage 50 - 12 workstations
  • Bldg 255 Room 105 - 22 workstations + 1 Instructor station
  • Bldg 255 Room 120 - 22 workstations + 1 Instructor station
  • Bldg 255 - 1st Floor Open Area* - 32 workstations
  • Bldg 305 (Library), Library Commons* (includes SPSS, NVivo and ArcGIS)
  • Bldg 305 Room 508* (available during library open hours when not being used for library instruction)
  • Bldg 315 Room 113 (includes GIS software) - 24 workstations + 1 Instructor station
  • Bldg 356 Room 340 (includes SPSS) - 20 workstations + 1 Instructor station
  • Bldg 356 - 2nd Floor Atrium* (includes SPSS) - 19 workstations

Cowichan Campus

  • The Cowichan Info commons area is available for general computer use.

Powell River Campus

The following specialty classrooms are restricted to students in specific programs:

  • Bldg 356 Room 221 Education multimedia computer lab
  • Bldg 355 Room 110 Modern Languages - Language lab
  • Bldg 255 Room 282 ESL and Language students - Language lab

For a complete list of software and how to access, see the link below.
Software at VIU

Faculty wanting software installed in a lab need to:

  • Either purchase the software with enough licenses (one for each computer in the lab), or
  • Have a letter from the software (or textbook, if it came with a text) publisher giving us permission to install the software in the lab, or
  • If the software is freeware, provide freeware licensing information to the IT Help desk.

Email the IT Service Desk and request that ticket be created to have the software installed. Please include the building and room number the software is to be installed in, the purchase order number (or other licensing information from the publisher), when you require the software to be installed by (one month before class starts), and when the software is to be taken off the computers.

If possible, installations should be limited to between term time frames in order to minimize disruptions.
The instructor MUST test the installation before the class starts in order to avoid problems. Please test it using exercises you will be asking your students to do (ie: print from the program, save files, etc.).

Lecture Theatres

There are four lecture theatres. These are wired for audio visual needs and to the network. Each theatre has a video player, microphone, speakers, computer* and data projector.

  • 180/134 – 70 seats (accessible seating in front row)
  • 200/203 - 101 seats (2 accessible seats)
  • 250/125 - 102 seats
  • 355/203 - 105 seats (accessible seating in back row)
  • 356/109 - 116 seats (accessible seating in front rows)

Video Conferencing Rooms


305-509 - This room is used primarily for classes.
305-274 - This room is used primarily for meetings.
355-203 - This room is used for lectures.


700-135 - This is used primarily for meetings.
700-210 This room is primarily used for classes.

Powell River

610-152 - This is used for classes and meetings. 
Portable unit - This can be used in any room on campus for classes and meetings.

Who can use this service?

Students and Employees