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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.

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 CofC’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, pease visit: Classroom Technology Upgrade FY 13 List.

Fiscal Year 2014

IT and Physcial Plant have committed to updated 28 classrooms for Fiscal Year 2014. The classrooms below have been slated for an upgrade before June 30, 2014.

All faculty teaching in the classroom below will be notified at least two weeks in advance of the start date. They will also be informed of the swing space and the exact dates. Please note: the schedule is subject to change due to any unforeseen issues.

ClassroomScheduled Start DateStandard
Bell 308 COMPLETE Silver
Bell 309 COMPLETE Silver
Bell 315 COMPLETE Silver
Bell 316 COMPLETE Silver
Bell 320 COMPLETE Gold
Bell 324 COMPLETE Silver
Bell 310 COMPLETE Silver
Bell 321 COMPLETE Gold
MYBK 104 COMPLETE Silver
MYBK 220 COMPLETE Silver
MYBK 222 COMPLETE Silver
MYBK 316 COMPLETE Silver
RSS 101 COMPLETE Silver
RSS 103 COMPLETE Gold
RSS 105 COMPLETE Gold
PCTR 111 COMPLETE Silver
PCTR 116 COMPLETE Silver
PCTR 117 COMPLETE Silver
PCTR 146 COMPLETE Silver
PCTR 115 COMPLETE Silver
RAND 301A COMPLETE Silver
RAND 301B COMPLETE Silver
MYBK 111 COMPLETE Silver
BCTR 320 Spring 2014 Silver
ECTR 113 COMPLETE Silver
CAAN 108 COMPLETE Silver
CAAN 106 COMPLETE Silver
ECTR 108 COMPLETE Silver

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 (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 criteria is taken into consideration.

  • Campus input (Academia, Registrar’s Office, Facilities Planning, 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
ECTR 120 

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

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