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Classroom Technology Upgrade Schedule

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 28 August 2014 | 9:00 am

IT and Physical Plant plan to upgrade 28 classrooms for fiscal year 2015. The schedule is available online at http://it.cofc.edu/projects/classroom.php. The schedule begins with a technology upgrade for ECTR 101, 103 and 111 on September 15th thru September 26th.

Two weeks before each proposed upgrade, IT will notify the respective department chairs and faculty teaching in the classrooms of the following:

  • the exact dates the classroom will be upgraded (10 business days)
  • the designated swing space
  • a description of the technology upgrade
  • available training opportunities for faculty
  • completion date

New Classroom Improvements!

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 26 June 2014 | 9:55 am

IT has been working hard this summer to ensure that the classrooms exceed your needs! Based on your input and technology trends, IT assessed the technology in the classrooms and is making improvements for Fall, 2014.

Faster Computer Boot Times

Solid State Drives (SSDs) will be installed in all of the classrooms that are equipped with a Windows computer. SSDs offer a host of advantages over conventional hard drives such as:

  • super-fast boot times
  • low noise levels
  • better reliability and lifetime span
  • lower power consumption

Computer boot times will be 3-times faster. On average, it should take a little over a minute for you to start the computer, login and open an application

Document Cameras

IT will be replacing antiquated document cameras with new Lumens document cameras, which will enhance the overall image quality, resolution, and clarity. The new document cameras are easy to operate.

Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 Professional has been installed on all of the Windows computers in the classrooms. For training information for Outlook 2013 and other Microsoft Office 2013 applications, please visit http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/training-FX101782702.aspx for tutorials on the various applications of Microsoft Office 2013.

Computer Software and Updates

All classroom computers will be re-imaged this summer. Re-imaging is the process of removing and reinstalling software on computers.  We encourage you to review the standard image at http://it.cofc.edu/computing/software/classroom/index.php before you teach in a classroom.

New Classrooms for Fall 2014

Students will learn in a variety of instructional spaces from traditional lecture-style rooms to flexible learning spaces to lecture-capture rooms at the new home of the College of Charleston North Campus and Lowcountry Graduate Center (LCC).

Harbor Walk will house the Department of Computer Science, a biology lab, biology and physics classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and faculty research labs. Harbor Walk is located at 360 Concord Street in Charleston.

Over 40 new classrooms will be online as a result of the two new buildings! To say the least, IT has been very busy this summer!

Classroom Technology Project Update

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 15 May 2014 | 11:10 am

Below are some brief updates with the Classroom Technology Project for fiscal year 2014 and 2015. IT would like to thank Physical Plant, the Registrar’s Office, and Facilities Planning for their ongoing assistance with this project!

Fiscal Year 2014

Information Technology and Physical Plant are upgrading the last classroom, BCTR 320, now. This classroom is slated to be complete on June 6, 2014. This classroom will have varying levels of accessibility for instructors with visual and mobility impairments. For a complete list of the 28 classrooms in FY 14, visit Classroom Technology FY 14 List.

Fiscal Year 2015

The tentative classroom list and schedule for FY 15 are available at http://it.cofc.edu/projects/classroom.php. Every year, IT and Physical Plant receive more classroom requests than our resources permit. All remaining classrooms will be considered for the following fiscal year. We are proposing to upgrade 28 classrooms. However, the final number of classrooms that will be upgraded is contingent upon receiving additional funding. We will have more information once the Board of Trustees approves the College budget.

IT and Physical Plant have already met with each of the respective department chairs and gathered their needs and requests for the classrooms. We also worked closely with the Registrar’s Office to identify swing space. Like previous years, all appropriate department chairs and faculty will be notified of the following:

  • Dates for the upgrade
  • Scheduled classroom swing space
  • Description of the technology upgrade
  • Available training opportunities
  • Completion date

We’ll continue to keep you updated.

Program to bring iPads into the Classroom

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 30 April 2014 | 10:50 am

The Addlestone Library, in partnership with Academic Affairs and the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) department, is soliciting proposals for the iPad program to provide members of our campus community access to a technologically rich environment that encourages technology literacy, information literacy and collaborative learning.

Project Overview
The Library has 35 iPad Airs (the newest version on the market), cases, charging cart, purchased with funds from the Provost’s Office.

Starting August 29, 2014, 30 iPads will be available for faculty and students working on a class project for the Fall.  Faculty may request these iPads for students to check out and use for up to three weeks, as a tool to enhance student learning in their course.   Students and faculty will check out the iPads from the Library Circulation desk.  The Library and TLT staff are happy to work with you on your projects and assignments to:

    • Promote student engagement in the classroom, the lab, or in the field
    • Assist small group collaboration in idea creation and sharing as well as information search, analysis, and visual representation
    • Provide access to and manipulation of digital content
    • Promote the innovative use of this technology.

Joey Van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, Zach Hartje, Director of the TLT, and Steven Profit, Reference Librarian, will work with you and your students as the team – to design the project, coordinate with faculty and serve as a resource to students.

In addition, 5 iPads are available to individual students, faculty and staff to check out for 3 days.

If you would like to participate in the Fall 2014 iPad Program with your class, please complete the form http://libguides.library.cofc.edu/iPadproposals

If you would like to discuss your proposal or talk about how you might most effectively use iPads in your course, please contact:

Zach Hartje, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology
hartjez@cofc.edu
3-5428

Joey Van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, Digital Scholarship and Services
vanarnhemj@cofc.edu
3-3604

Please submit your Request by May 30th.   You will be notified if your class has been selected for Fall 2014 project by June 13th.
Housekeeping Details
Each student and faculty member will check out and return the iPad and peripherals at the circulation desk at Addlestone Library. We will have specific blocks for iPad use so please indicate block preferences.  Aug 29th – Sept 8th  (2 week session) , Sept 15 -Oct 6th , Oct  13th – Nov 3rd , Nov 10th – Dec 1st .

A few Useful Sites
CofC’s iPad guide offers a wealth of program information including the collection of apps loaded on the iPads, availability, tutorials and websites that are accessible via mobile devices.

http://libguides.library.cofc.edu/iPads

Dartmouth Univ.
http://researchguides.dartmouth.edu/teachingwithipads

Vanderbilt Univ.
http://researchguides.library.vanderbilt.edu/ipads

April 2014 IT Newsletter

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 9 April 2014 | 7:35 am

View the full newsletter at: IT April 2014 Newsletter

Topics for this month include:

  • OAKS Upgrade
  • Windows XP Reminder
  • WordCamp Announcement
  • IT Strategic Advisory Planning Committee Progress
  • Google Search Appliance Upgrade
  • Classroom Software Requests

Below is a quick preview. (Click the image to view full newsletter)

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Classrooms with Ninja-like Tech Support

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 24 February 2014 | 8:00 am

Classrooms with Ninja-like Tech Support

That’s one way to describe it. As part of the Classroom Technology Project, Information Technology implemented a new system that allows IT support staff to proactively monitor and quickly troubleshoot the technology in the upgraded classrooms across campus. This implementation is a result of IT’s efforts to improve operational efficiencies.

The new system is a server that is currently set-up to communicate with  57 classrooms on campus. The goal is to minimize any amount of technology downtime for the faculty and students.

Benefits

  • IT support staff can access the control panel in the classrooms remotely (control volume, restart the system, switch video sources, turn on projector, etc)

  • Automated warning notifications are sent to IT support staff to proactively maintain the system. For example, messages are sent when light bulbs in projectors are about to expire, projector filters need to be replaced, and when systems are offline (not connected to the network).

IT has already effectively used the new system over winter break when the campus lost power. IT support staff remotely reset the technology in the classrooms across campus that were experiencing issues.

IT has plans to add more classrooms to the system and we’ll keep the campus informed on our progress.

iPad Pilot Program – Deadline Today

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 13 December 2013 | 8:00 am

The Addlestone Library, in partnership with Academic Affairs and the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) department, is launching an iPad program to provide members of our campus community access to a technologically rich environment that encourages technology literacy, information literacy and collaborative learning.

Project Overview
The Library has purchased 35 iPad Airs, cases, charging cart, with funds from the Provost’s Office.

Starting in January 2014, 25-30 iPads will be available for faculty and students working on a class project.  Faculty may request these iPads for students to check out and use for up to three weeks, as a tool to enhance student learning in their course.   Students and faculty will check out the iPads from the Library Circulation desk.  The Library and TLT staff are happy to work with you on your projects and assignments to:

  • Promote student engagement in the classroom, the lab, or in the field
  • Assist small group collaboration in idea creation and sharing as well as information search, analysis, and visual representation
  • Provide access to and manipulation of digital content
  • Promote the innovative use of this technology.

Joey Van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, Zach Hartje, Director of the TLT, and Steven Profit, Reference Librarian, will work with you and your students as the team – to design the project, coordinate with faculty and serve as a resource to students.

Submit a Proposal

If you would like to participate in the spring 2014 iPad Project with your class, please complete the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sSsPNsOoKzNVH5NxKTKVjVsS-jQm0zrITdTJPUTkkFI/viewform

If you would like to discuss your proposal or talk about how you might most effectively use iPads in your course, please contact:

Zach Hartje, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology
hartjez@cofc.edu
3-5428

Joey Van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, Digital Scholarship and Services
vanarnhemj@cofc.edu
3-3604

Please submit your request by December 13, 2013.  You will be notified if your class has been selected for spring 2014 project by December 18.  If you are not able to submit a Project Proposal by Dec. 13, don’t worry as we will continue to solicit proposal requests during the spring semester subject to iPad availability.

Classroom Technology Preview

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 30 September 2013 | 11:16 am

The IT Audio Visual (AV) Engineering department completed a major technology upgrade in Education Center (ECTR) 203 in December, 2012. Representatives from AV Engineering, Teaching, Learning and Technology, and Physical Plant met with the Department Chairs involved to discuss the pedagogical needs for the classroom. As you’ll see in the video tour, iMac computers were placed around the perimeter of the classroom. Students use the specialized computers for video editing and writing projects. The center of the classroom has movable tables and chairs that promote collaborative group work. This classroom also received a ‘refresh’ that included repainting the walls, adding IdeaPaint, and installing banked lighting.

Press play below to start the quick, 1 minute video tour. Oh, and enjoy the relaxing music that we’ve added.

Classroom Training

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 3 August 2011 | 4:18 pm

If you are interested in learning how to operate the equipment (such as the how to project the materials displayed on the classroom computer or your laptop,  or how to use an Elmo), please register for the training sessions offered by Teaching, Learning and Technology within the Division of Information Technology.

When:
Thursday, August 11th, starts at 10:00am
Friday, August 12th, starts at 9:00am
Monday, August 15th, starts at 10:00am
Friday, August 19th, starts at 2:00pm

The sessions will probably last 20-40 min.

Where:
Beatty 320, School of Business Building

Sign up now! Class sizes are limited.

Click the link below to sign up:
http://tlt.eventbrite.com

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