Friday, September 28, 2012

Instructional Services Integrated into TLT

In March 2012, the Instructional Services department was merged into Teaching & Learning Technologies. So, TLT services have expanded to include classroom scheduling, classroom technology, and video production, as well as support for video conferences and other classroom events. Visit our new TLT website for additional information about these services.

With the blurring distinction between classroom and online learning, we see some great possibilities integrating our two departments, staff, and services.

We’ve also been busy with floor-to-ceiling renovations of all our auditoriums, classrooms, and conference rooms. New ceiling, flooring, and lighting have already been installed in many rooms, and we’re working our way through the rest. All the cloth chairs in all our rooms—about 2400 chairs—have been professionally cleaned. Also, check out our new rollable tables and chairs in the first-floor small classrooms in Orr Major (1006, 1007, 1010, 1012/13, 1018/19). With this new furniture, you can quickly arrange a room as you need it: lecture, discussion, small-group work, open area, etc. (A special thanks to Jim Bingham and Steffani Webb for their support, and to Campus Facilities and Housekeeping for their hard work making these improvements to our learning spaces.)

Plus, we’re expanding our daily room inspections, with our goal of ensuring everything is clean, in good condition, and works correctly.

What’s next? We plan to replace the 14 older classroom computers (Dell 745 and 755) with new computers later this semester, and we’re developing a new computer image that includes more of the software you expect, like Firefox and QuickTime. We’ll be asking for your input selecting new podiums for our small classrooms. We’re also evaluating touch monitors for all our rooms. Oh yeah, all the old carpeting will be replaced, especially in the auditoriums!

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