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Classroom Upgrade Project

Overview

Information Technology at the College of Charleston has embarked on a major project to upgrade the technology in the classrooms across campus.

The project objectives are:

  • to collaborate with the academic community to identify classrooms in need of a technology upgrade;
  • to provide an easy-to-use and reliable audio/visual experience for faculty and students;
  • design sustainable and scalable technology standards for classrooms that meet the needs of the faculty;
  • gather ongoing feedback from users to evaluate the overall audio/visual experience.

Our focus, based on feedback from the department chairs and faculty, is to add technology to non-technology classrooms, and also to target classrooms with technology that are unreliable and troublesome for faculty and students.

 User Benefits

The classroom technology upgrade will provide benefits to the users through:

  • user-friendly interface and control systems;
  • standardized and consistent technology design among classrooms;
  • flexible, scalable and future-ready technology systems;
  • improved audio/visual experience for students and faculty.

Sustainable Technology Design

Input from the campus community and best practices from other institutions are shaping the College's technology designs. For a list of the classroom technology designs, please visit: College of Charleston Technology Classroom Designs.

Progress and Tentative Timeline

Fiscal Year 2013

Twenty classrooms have been upgraded for the Fiscal Year 2013. For a complete list of classrooms, please visit: Classroom Technology Upgrade FY 13 List.

Fiscal Year 2014

Overall, twenty-eight classrooms have been upgraded as part of the fiscal year 2014 Classroom Technology Project. For a complete list of classrooms, please visit: Classroom Technology Upgrade FY 14 List.

Fiscal Year 2015

Twenty-eight classrooms have been upgraded as part of the fiscal year 2015 Classroom Technology Project. For a complete list of classrooms, please visit: Classroom Technology Upgrade FY 15 List.

Fiscal Year 2016

Due to funding limitations, IT and Physical Plant plan to upgrade 13 classrooms for fiscal year 2016. 

Classroom Scheduled Start Date Standards
LCTR B08 COMPLETE Silver
LCTR B09 COMPLETE Silver
ECTR 202 COMPLETE Silver
BELL 411 COMPLETE Silver
BELL 403 COMPLETE Silver
BELL 404 COMPLETE Silver
BELL 400 COMPLETE Silver
BELL 405 SEPTEMBER Silver
BELL 406 SEPTEMBER
Silver
BELL 408 SEPTEMBER Silver
MYBK 107 MID-OCTOBER Silver
MYBK 224 MID-OCTOBER Silver
MYBK 322 MID-OCTOBER Silver

Collaboration

IT worked closely with the Registrar’s office to identify swing space for the above classrooms. Respective department chairs and faculty teaching in the classrooms will be notified of the following:

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

Criteria

As IT prioritizes and selects the classrooms, the following criterion is taken into consideration.

  • Campus input (Academia, Registrar’s Office, Space Management, IT, Physical Plant )
  • Level of technology to be provided, and resulting cost
  • Space planning/strategic planning
  • Infrastructure (i.e. additional cabling, network and support)
  • ADA Compliance (i.e. building access)
  • Availability of rooms to allow the necessary testing and installation
  • Historical data from Helpdesk regarding classroom support requests

Training Opportunities

For a video tutorial on how to operate the technology equipment in the upgraded classrooms, please visit: http://blogs.cofc.edu/tlt/technology/quick-guide-to-upgraded-classrooms. If you are interested in SMART Board training, please visit: http://www.tlt.eventbrite.com to sign up for a small group training session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Based on faculty feedback, IT has created a FAQ document regarding the new classroom technology design and process. You can view it at: Frequently Asked Questions - Classroom Technology.

Room Tours

You can view a brief video (M4V) of ECTR 102 and 120 to get a glimpse of the new and improved classrooms.

ECTR 102





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ECTR 120





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If you have any questions about this project, please contact Monica Lavin, lavinmh@cofc.edu.

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