1245 SC Equipment and Use
The 1245 SC classroom is equipped with 46 Windows computers -- 45 for students and 1 for the instructor. In summer 2010, 46 new HP Compaq Windows-based computers were installed, along with new, environmentally friendly 22" HP Compaq LED monitors.
The instructor console has one (1) Windows computer and 4 monitors -- 2 touch screen and 2 pen-based SMART screens, which are connected to the 2 ceiling-mounted projectors. The touch screens are the ones on top, the pen-based SMART screens at the bottom. Directions (129K PDF) for using the console equipment. Handout (95K PDF) about using SMART screens and ink-aware applications.
Note: There is no whiteboard or document camera. If you want to write on a screen, use either the touch screen or the pen-based screen at the podium. (The theater rope at the front of the room is a visual barrier and reminder that there is no screen to write on.) If you want to have access to a document to write on, scan it and save it to your account. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are ink-aware applications, meaning that you can add text and drawings using the pen-input screens and save all of those strokes as well as the original document. How to use ink-aware applications.
Instructors can use their Engineering account login ID and password or the local 1245 instructor account (information on podium in 1245 SC) to log in to the computer at the front of the room.
The arrangement of the 1245 classroom gives students the maximum desk space and good viewing to the front of the classroom. The CPU towers are underneath and strapped to the back of the desks. The flat-panel screens are mounted on adjustable arms. The only items on the desk are keyboards and optical USB mice, thus providing clear space. This arrangement frees up desktop space. The monitor arm allow users to adjust the screen height, distance, and angle as separate elements.
Because the CPUs are mounted behind the desks, and so not accessible to users, use the USB ports on the monitors to connect a flash drive or other USB device.
The 22" monitors are WLEDs (white light-emitting diode), so that they are up to 40% more efficient than other LCD monitors. These monitors include no brominated flame retardants (BFR), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or mercury.
The software available is the same as the computers in the Elder, Hering, and 2301 labs. To access Linux machines from this classroom, use NX (NOMACHINE). Instructors must verify that sufficient licenses are available for all students using the computers during a class session.
This room is used by instructors who teach engineering classes in which curriculum-based, computer-assisted instruction is an integral component of the course session; as an open laboratory by College of Engineering students; and by teaching assistants who need access to a computer to help students in their courses.
When 1245 SC is not used for instructional purposes, it is used as an open computing lab. The room is equally intended to support the instructional setting in which students are actively involved in computing as a part of the class structure, as well as to provide a facility in which instructors can provide out-of-class assistance for computing tasks.
Using the Classroom
Classes other than engineering courses can use 1245 for a fee of $100 per day if no modification is required and providing the facility is available. Any modification -- adding software, creating account IDs, modifying the equipment in the console, for example -- will be charged at the minimum rate of $50.00/hour for the number of hours that ECS staff spend preparing the room and returning it to its normal state. No more than 45 students can be in such a class, and the instructor must verify with ECS that the software to be used is installed on those computers and that the college has a sufficient number of teaching licenses for the class.
If software installation is required, the fee will be a minimum of four (4) hours at $50.00/hour. If the installation takes more than four hours, you will be charged for the number of hours required to install, and, if necessary, uninstall the requested software.
Procedure for Requesting Use of 1245 SC
Instructors wishing to teach course sessions and teaching assistants who want to hold regular help sessions in 1245 SC should complete the 1245 SC on-line Request Form. For classes being held in 1245 SC, the request should be made when the schedule of courses is being created or as soon after that as possible. During the term, requests for individual sessions will be considered and granted if the use is appropriate and the room is available. The main criterion used to evaluate class applications is that a learning objective of the course requires hands-on use of computers. Classes that are scheduled to be taught in 1245 SC and that do not use the computers appropriately may be asked to use another classroom. Courses may have no more than 45 students. In addition, software used in courses taught in 1245 must be licensed in sufficient quantity that all students can run the program; i.e., if the college owns 25 copies of Program A, no more than 25 students should be in 1245 when Program A is used in a class taught there.
Reservations will be accepted during the current semester and for the next semester when that semester's schedule of courses is being created.
View the current schedule.
Other Class Use
Classes other than engineering courses can use 1245 at a fee of $100 per day, providing the facility is available. No more than 45 students can be in such a class, and the instructor must verify with ECS that the software to be used is installed on those computers and that college has a sufficient number of licenses for the class.
Questions and Help
Questions regarding use of 1245 should be directed to Doug Eltoft.
Request help using the equipment from the Engineering Help Desk in 1253 SC, 319-335-5055.