News on Homewood's e-classrooms from Graham Bouton, technology services administrator of Research and Instructional Technologies, and Lee Watkins, director of Research and Instructional Technologies:
With the March 10 dedication of Shaffer Hall's Room 1 as the newest addition to the e-classroom pool, Homewood will now have four fully computer-equipped and multimedia-capable teaching facilities supported jointly by the schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences. This newest e-classroom, made possible by a donation from Microsoft Research and opened just in time for the spring semester, is already in heavy demand including use by statistics classes, a course on gene identification and another on high-speed circuits.
In the past these shared technology classrooms were managed independently and thus were not widely available and robustly supported. Now, however, Research and Instructional Technologies, a division of Hopkins IT Services, manages the technology infrastructure, professor and instructor training and support, and day-to-day operations. And, thanks in part to the new arrangements and enhanced program, today we are glad to report that three times as many classes are utilizing these e-classrooms as compared to the same time last year.
The new Microsoft room contains 25 computers, two dual-processor servers and related software. Each student workstation consists of a 500MHz Pentium III computer with a high-performance graphics card and a partially recessed 19-inch monitor for better sightline with the instructor.
The instructor's workstation has touch-screen controls for the high-intensity ceiling mounted LCD projector, VCR, document camera (for displaying books and other 3D objects) and laptop video input port. The room's audio system is ready for either computer or VCR sound output. High speed (100Mb) network connectivity is available both within the classroom and to the campus network, and a JCard reader allows automated entry for faculty, TA's and other authorized users.
Anyone interested in reserving a technology classroom for instructional uses or research-related demonstrations is encouraged to visit the RIT Instructional & Technology Facilities website at http://www.jhu.edu/classrooms.
This site contains detailed information on all of the shared technology classrooms and how to reserve them. For more information, contact Graham Bouton at 410-516-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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