Back-to-School with Holden Hall

Summer renovations are over!

 For the past several months three of Holden Hall’s classrooms have been under renovation, becoming two larger classrooms. Interior, technology, and furniture have all been changed to better suit the needs of faculty and students alike. Many of these changes will improve both the teaching and learning experiences of faculty and students. Great effort has gone into reshaping these rooms into an improved learning space. Months of planning, construction, repainting, carpeting, and installing new lighting and technology and furniture have finally paid off. The renovations are now ready for the new semester.

 This Fall semester, Holden 128 and 130 are now ready to house new and returning students. No matter the subject matter of the course these two rooms now have the resources to accommodate them. Faculty can utilize the updated technology in their lectures. Group work will also be much easier to accomplish with the new gliding chairs. These newly renovated rooms will help create a positive educational environment for new and returning students.

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HH 126 Before: Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 126 Before: Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 128 Before: Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 128 Before: Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 130 Before: Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 130 Before: Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 128 After: Photo taken by Amie Faal

HH 128 After: Photo taken by Amie Faal

HH 130 After: Photo taken by Amie Faal

HH 130 After: Photo taken by Amie Faal

Flip This Room: Holden Hall Gets a Facelift!

Holden 126, 128, and 130 are receiving a makeover to better meet the needs of faculty and students. Holden Hall classrooms such as these have housed courses from a variety of disciplines. Everything from History and Math to Music Appreciation and Political Science have been taught in Holden 126, 128, and 130. Such a wide variety of courses need access to a learning environment to suit their needs. The new improvements will not only update these rooms, but also improve the teaching and learning experience of faculty and students.

Construction began in June with tearing down the walls between each room. The new wall now divides the middle of what used to be Room 128. These three smaller rooms will become two larger rooms to seat approximately 60 students. The construction on the two rooms is projected to be completed before the Fall semester starts. After this facelift, Holden 128 and 130 are going to be given a fresh coat of paint and equipped with more updated technology and furniture.

Holden 128 and 130 are going to be part of the Platinum series consisting of a blue, grey, and black color scheme. The chalkboards and wooden lecterns will be replaced with white boards, CPUs with touch screens, and projectors. There will also be ports provided to connect laptops. Faculty will be able to run DVD and Blu Ray discs as well. The older multi-colored stationary desks with wire frame baskets under the chairs will be replaced with new rolling desks. These new desks will match unlike the older multi-colored desks. The desks will be on gliders for improved collaboration among students. The new desks will also be more ambidextrous. Finding a left-handed desk or a right-handed desk will no longer be an issue for students. Two ADA desks will also be designated for each room. As for the flooring in the new rooms, the linoleum will be replaced with carpet. New technology and furniture will further aid the learning process of Texas Tech students.

Summer renovations will flip these older rooms into a newer educational environment.

Renovations are still underway. Please subscribe or check back for updates and more information about these changes.

Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

 Holden 126 Before – Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 128 - Before Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 128 – Before Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 130 Before Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 130 Before Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 128 In progress - Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 128 In progress – Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 128 In progress - Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

Holden 128 In progress – Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 130 In progress - Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 130 In progress – Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 130 In progress - Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

HH 130 In progress – Photo taken by Marissa Virgadamo

New “Global” Locks

We got new locks! Some of our classrooms have new “global” locks that allow our staff to unlock the doors from our desks.

The rooms with these locks are: Holden 127, 152, & 255, Science 112, Math 012 & 108, and Human Sciences 273.

Our new locks are located next to the door instead of on the actual door. When the light is green (shown in the pictures below) the door is unlocked and when the light is red the door is locked. The big difference between the new locks versus our old lock is that the door handle does not actually turn. Instead, with these locks you would just push the door open. This can get a little confusing, because most people are use to turning the handle to open the door. So, don’t be fooled when the handle doesn’t move. Also, if the door is locked you can simply put your access card up to the reader or swipe your card in the designated area and the door will unlock. Currently our office is working on creating signs to put above the reader to cut back on any door handle confusion.

Our office plans to install the new locks in Media and Communication this summer. Please subscribe or check back for updates and more information.

Global Lock UnlockedGlobal Lock Locked

Classroom Technology Services

Our office has been very fortunate to be partnered with Classroom Technology Services as support for our General Purpose Classrooms. They have happily supported the GPC’s with installation and maintenance of the technology in the classrooms. There staff consists greatly of student assistants who walk through the room twice a week as preventative maintenance and troubleshooting. Beyond preventative maintenance, they respond to calls from 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM as well as offer training throughout the year. They have also determined standards for GPC Technology. Below are general standards installed in every General Purpose Classroom:

Controls:

  • Extron Touchlink Touch Panel
  • Extron Switcher/Scaler
  • Extron Control Processor

Video:

  • Hitachi LCD 4000 Lumen Projector
  • Motorized Projector Screen
  • Additional Flat Panel TVs for larger classrooms (as needed)

Audio:

  • Extron Flat Field Ceiling Speakers
  • Podium & Wireless Microphone for sound reinforcement & ADA Assisted Listening
  •  ADA – Listen Technologies for assisted listening

Podium Computer & Laptop Accessories:

  • Dell Computer with BluRay Player
  • Interactive Display
  • Wireless keyboard/mouse
  • Laptop Connections: HDMI & VGA + 1/8″ Audio

The above list is the general standard. Some of our rooms vary based on size and pedagogy. If there is ever a question about technology in a specific room please visit our website http://www.depts.ttu.edu/asfr/gpc/. Or you may contact Classroom Technology Services through phone (806.742.5381) or email (ctsstaff.ithelpcentral@ttu.edu) and they will be happy to answer any questions.

 

About the General Purpose Classroom Project

The General Purpose Classrooms are designed to serve the entire Texas Tech University campus community by providing a wide range of equipment, technology and resources in order to meet pedagogical requirements of all those that use them. These classrooms are centrally scheduled and maintained by the Office of the Provost under the direction of Academic Support & Facilities Resources. This project would not be possible without vital partnership with IT Help Central Classroom Technology Services to assist with the room technology designs, technology management, and provide technical support to instructors. Our office relies heavily upon the Operations Division offices of Building Maintenance & Construction for construction, renovation and general upkeep of the GPCs and Engineering Services for construction drawings of proposed GPCs. Funding for the project has been provided by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

This initiative began in 2010 and has grown due to its popularity and continued positive feedback from faculty, students and staff. There are a total of 44 GPCs in 6 buildings, spanning the Texas Tech University campus: Agricultural Sciences, Holden Hall, Human Sciences, Mathematics, Media and Communication, and Science. As the General Purpose Classroom initiative continues, we look forward to providing additional standardized teaching and learning environments.

We are currently planning for renovations that will take place over the summer. To help select rooms, a space analysis was completed for all Classrooms and Meeting Rooms on campus. This analysis included condition score, utilization scores, location, and use by the home department. Upon, review, rooms were chosen which were in poor condition but could potentially be utilized by multiple departments on campus. If you would like to see a room become a GPC, please submit information about the classroom and the department currently managing the classroom to ASFR for analysis. I will also be updating our blog once a month during the term. Then weekly during our construction and renovations. Subscribe or check back for updates and more information.

Planning for 2015

As the year comes to an end and resolutions begin, renovations are hot on our minds. This year we are looking into a project involving construction. Our goal is to renovated 3 smaller classrooms into two 60 person classrooms. This will involve demolition of two walls and the construction of a new wall separating the spaces. This will be a new experience for the General Purpose Classroom renovations. We are very excited for the opportunity to engage in construction. We received feedback with interest in a rooms of this size. By increasing the capacity we are hoping to use the rooms for lectures that rely on discussion and group collaboration. We will be using the same standards for furniture and finishes in the past renovations. The room also will be equipped with the standard GPC technology. We can’t wait to hear from instructors and students on how these rooms will effect their teaching/learning experience. We have experienced a wonderful semester and are happy to see our classrooms well utilized.

Introducing…

Our office works closely with Classroom Technology Services for upkeep of the technology in the General Purpose Classrooms. Recently, CTS’s has hired two new full time employee’s. Please, help me to welcome Alina Drigalenko and Tim Honeycutt.

Alina will occupy the position of IT Support Technician in Classroom Technology Services. She is transitioning from a Student Assistant to Full-Time Staff and has a wealth of experience with CTS, General Purpose Classrooms, Digital Signage, and especially wayfinding. As Alina is working full-time, she is also pursuing an undergraduate degree at Texas Tech. She is majoring in industrial engineering and minoring in chemistry and Arabic. Alina enjoys painting, playing guitar and bass, learning new languages, and tweaking anything that has an engine.

Tim will occupy the position of IT Support Technician in Classroom Technology Services. He is joining CTS from the TTU School of Law where he was an Academic Technology Multimedia Coordinator. In this role, he gained experience with AMX, Extron, and Crestron control systems which will greatly benefit the CTS team. Prior to working for the TTU School of Law, Tim has 5 years of experience working for KCBD New Channel 11 as a videographer, associate producer, and web editor. During his time with KCBD, he was able to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media and Communications, Visual Communications. He has also been accepted to Wayland Baptist University’s MBA program in Management Information Systems. Tim enjoys spending time with his Siberian Husky names Charlie. The two of them enjoy going on many adventures together. He also enjoys disc golf, mountain biking, fishing, and skydiving.