University of Minnesota Office of Classroom Management
Office of Undergraduate Education

VCR and DVD retirement plan

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) will implement a phased retirement plan of VCR and DVD players in all general purpose classrooms. The classroom projection system equipment standards have been modified due to declining demand and availability of video players. Classroom Equipment Usage data confirms this decline in the use of these features. This project will span over several years.

You will find the following information on this page:

New equipment standards

As of October 2012, new classrooms and technology renovations will no longer include a video player as part of the installed projection system. As noted in OCM's May 2010 news item, VCRs in classrooms were being maintained using a small inventory of spare equipment, but this inventory has now been depleted. This inventory cannot be filled because manufacturers no longer make VCRs and are also reducing production of DVD players. As a result, a phased retirement plan over the course of the next several years will be implemented.

Phased retirement plan

The phased retirement plan will begin by removing VCR, DVD, or combination DVD/VHS players from select classrooms during the scheduled technology equipment lifecycle renewal update, as targeted by low classroom equipment usage and Collaborative Class Scheduling (CCS) request data.

vcr usage

Equipment retirement will focus on removing individual VCRs, but many classrooms utilize a combination DVD/VHS player. As part of this retirement plan, DVD players may also be removed from the classroom projection system. Any remaining support of video players will be targeted to select classrooms.

In classrooms without an installed VCR or DVD player, OCM will provide auxiliary input jacks to connect your own video equipment to the classroom projection system. In addition, OCM is expanding the number of classrooms with HDMI inputs for alternate device hookup.

If you have any questions about this phased retirement plan, contact the Classroom Support Hotline for help or consult the video player retirement plan FAQs.

Preparing for equipment changes

What actions should you take now?

Review your classroom requirements with your departmental scheduling coordinator. Classroom characteristics, such as technology features, must be specified during CCS period 1.

What should you do with your current content?

If you have video content that you recorded yourself or is not available in another format, you can transfer the content to a digital file or plan to stream media from another source. Keep in mind the requirement to obtain consent and maintain copyright protections. The following are sources for media streaming:

  • Download movies and video via iTunes, YouTube, or other content providers
  • Check with the University Libraries, public libraries, or online retailers to see what they have available
  • Bookmark clips and desired content to embed in your presentation or download to your computer

The following resources are available to assist you with the transition:

For a list of classrooms containing a VCR or DVD player, search our Room Inventory.