Electronic classroom (E-Classroom) services and support details

Booking an E-Classroom

Instructors wishing to use an e-classroom should contact their timetable or departmental booking representative.

    Podium computers

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, you have the following computer options:

    - You can bring a laptop and connect it to the system as per podium instructions, or

    - You can use the classroom podium computer by using a USB personal keyboard/mouse combination. (The classroom keyboards and mice are not available to you because they would be shared, high-touch, and difficult to clean properly for safety.)

    Note: If you do not have a suitable keyboard/mouse combination, contact ITMS Presentation Technology Services (eclass@uwaterloo.ca) to arrange to have a keyboard/mouse left in the room for you. You will need to bring this with you each day you teach.

    The podium computers in electronic classrooms (e-classrooms) are connected to Nexus. You will need your username and password to login to the computers (if you need to obtain a Nexus account, contact the service desk in your faculty). 

    • You should make sure the applications you need are installed on the computer. You cannot install software on these podium computers.
    • All podium computers have front access USB ports for memory sticks. Some memory sticks don't always fit so users may have to bring a USB extension cable.

    Podium access

    • Obtaining a new fob: A fob is included in the instructors' kits available for pickup at Central Stores. Once you have obtained your new fob, please register your new fob using the myFob website, https://itms-pdupdate.uwaterloo.ca/myfob/(authentication required).
      • Activation of a new fob takes four business hours
      • Fobs can only be activated between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from Monday - Friday
    • Assigning or changing access: Podium access can be assigned or updated via the myFob website, https://itms-pdupdate.uwaterloo.ca/myfob/ (authentication required).
    • Lost or stolen fobs: Please notify us at eclass@uwaterloo.ca.  We will send a new fob out via inter-office mail.  Please report your lost fob and register your new fob via the myFob website, https://itms-pdupdate.uwaterloo.ca/myfob/ (authentication required).


    Instructors may wish to use their laptops in class. Connections are available at the podiums for hooking up laptops to the projection system. E-classrooms have access to the Internet via wired and wireless connections, but instructors should try it before class to ensure connectivity.


    • All podium computers have CD/DVD players
    • Some podiums have a separate DVD/VCR player in the podium