SEAS/Towne-Pender-Moore Use of Classroom Tech

To: Members of the Classroom Facilities Review Committee
From: Al Filreis, Chair
Re: SEAS/Towne-Pender-Moore Use of Classroom Tech
Date: 2/19/95

You will recall that at our recent meeting there was a lengthy discussion about the present classroom tech needs of those who use Towne-Pender-Moore, our upcoming integrated renovation project. (This arose partly because some of us were asking about the value of fixed-installation technology, as opposed to carts.) Ira Winston generously took some time to make a report on current use in undergrad teaching. Please take a look.

> From Thu Feb 16 23:45:21 1995
> Posted-Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 23:44:47 -0500
> Subject: SEAS faculty using technology in undergraduate education
> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 23:44:47 EST
> Here are some examples of how SEAS uses technology in undergraduate education:
> 1. projection is used in every CSE 110 (intro programming) recitation
>    section.
> 2. homeworks in CSE 110 are submitted electronically.
> 3. 90% of SEAS students actively read e-mail.  98% of SEAS faculty and staff
>    actively read e-mail.  there is an incredible volume of email traffic
>    between faculty, staff and students on all sorts of topics.  it has
>    become part of our daily lives and is no longer a novelty.
> 4. over half of the undergraduate courses require the use of computer labs.
>    we have two pc labs that are used for recitations sections extensively.
>    we have another pc lab that is open 24 hours a day and is usually full.
>    we have a unix lab that is used for recitation sections.  we have two
>    other unix labs that are open 24 hours a day and are almost always
>    full.
> 5. each of the departments also has at least one undergraduate lab which
>    combines special purpose equipment with computers.  The computers are
>    used to do data acquisition and analysis.  I was speaking to a faculty
>    member from the Chemistry Department today who tells me that Chemistry
>    has essentially no computers in their labs.  Physics only recently
>    started introducing computing into their labs.  You should visit
>    our Bioengineering undergraduate lab some time if you want to see
>    a good example of what I'm talking about.
> 6. every department, many research groups, many students, staff and faculty 
>    and several courses have web pages.
> 7. we have a working support system for student computing.  we have a full-time
>    employee whose entire job is to supervise 60+ student workers who
>    support for our students.  we have orientation sessions, training materials
>    and are able to answer questions from 9am-midnight monday until thursday,
>    9am-5pm friday, noon-6pm saturday and 1pm-midnight sunday.