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Information Technology – Improvements Summer 2012

MBC Instructional Technology Committee Newsletter 2

Information Technology

What we did over the summer

Reported by Beverly Riddell and Reid Oechslin
Instructional Technology Team,
Office of Information Technology

It was a busy summer for the entire Office of Information Technology group.  Here are some highlights:

Labs & Student PCs:

A new Language Lab was built and equipped in Grafton 105.  The lab has a SMART Board, 24 Student PCs and lab software and language lab equipment and programs.   This project included moving Multimedia equipment to a new storage room in the Basement of Grafton, and also the move of the Archives from the Basement to the Grafton first floor.  Library and OIT staff were getting plenty of exercise during these moves!

A new computer lab was set up in PSC 306 with 6 student PCs.

The PCs were replaced in computer labs in Wenger 401, 402 and 403.  Four new Student PCs and a SMART Board were added to the lab in Wenger 402, bringing it to a total of 25 student stations.  New PCs were placed in  the Grafton 302, ACA 101 and Deming 09 computer labs.

Approximately 35 Student Worker PCs were replaced in various buildings on campus.

Network:

Network equipment on the MBC Campus was consolidated to minimize risk of failure.  The bandwidth of the internal network was also upgraded so we can manage the ever-increasing demand.

Francis:

The new Francis is a beautiful sight.  In addition to the sterling work put in by Physical Plant to improve the appearance of Francis, the technology has been significantly upgraded, including:

New sound system
New MAC mini
Upgraded image signal to HDMI
Retirement of  the large podium with its umbilical tether
Installation of a beautiful cabinet which holds all the equipment that used to be in the old podium
Institution of a wireless laptop solution so an event can be run from a small podium

More information about how to use Francis can be found here:
http://www.mbc.edu/oit/francis-auditorium-equipment-documentation/

Smart Boards

New SMART Boards were installed in:
·  Deming 108
·  PAC 213D
·  Grafton 105
·  Wenger 402
·  PSC 301
We have started a SMART board FAQ at:
http://www.mbc.edu/oit/mbc-SMART-board-faq/

PSC 301

PSC 301 has had a makeover as well.  Physical plant worked with great efficiency to get all the renovating and furniture replacement done between the end of the Heifetz Institute and the start of school so that the room can now accommodate 48 students.  OIT set up a dual projector solution and a SMART Board for this  Large Classroom.  Documentation for the equipment in PSC 301 is located here:
http://www.mbc.edu/oit/teaching-in-psc-301/

Popups:

In order to avoid the annoying software update popups in Instructor PCs we will make the default group for professors to NOT be Administrators on Classroom PCs after September 21st.  This means that after the PC is Smartshielded, you will not be able to install software, even temporarily.  If you need to be an Administrator on a Classroom PC, please contact OIT at help@mbc.edu and you will be put into the Administrator group.  In that case, to avoid getting the pop-ups, you’ll want to follow the instructions described here before September 21st:
http://www.mbc.edu/oit/smartshield-and-classroom-pcs-at-mbc-staunton/

Virtual Classrooms

The Blackboard Collaborate / Elluminate product has been upgraded and you no longer need to wear a headset to avoid echoes—sound plays just fine with regular computer speakers.  We have two 50-seat “Virtual” classrooms that are available for booking. For more information please see the documentation link here:
http://www.mbc.edu/oit/blackboard-collaborate-elluminate-at-mbc/

Documentation

We have been working to create  documentation about how to use technology and how to resolve problems online.  This is a constantly evolving project, so if there is something you think should be documented or better explained please let us know at help@mbc.edu or 887-7075.
http://www.mbc.edu/oit/faculty-and-staff-information/

Thank you for your willingness to work with new systems and technologies towards our mutual goals of improving student outcomes!

About the Committee:

The Instructional Technology Committee is an ad-hoc faculty committee made up of representatives from the faculty and the Instructional Technology staff at MBC.The Current Committee is:
Carol Creager
Doris Dodson
Bob Klonoski (Chair)
Chandra Mason
Reid Oechslin
Rachel Potter
Beverly Riddell
Susan Stearns
Laura van AssendelftThe charter of the committee is to:
  • Provide a forum for input to the Instructional Technology staff on the relative value of technological improvements from a pedagogical perspective
  • Be a champion and example for technology enhanced teaching within their schools
  • Try out new technologies that seem promising
  • Develop and share best practices & rubrics for technology enhanced teaching
  • Recommend equipment and management for mixed use (instructional and non-instructional) space
This committee meets as necessary.