Summer is winding down but campus is just starting to heat up. The Residents Halls opened this last weekend for all of the new students. We’ve seen students and parents walking around getting acquainted with campus. Classes start on Monday, August 25th. That means this week was dedicated to getting our General Purpose Classrooms ready for the new semester. This entails lock programming, technology training, cleaning and auditing.
Lock programming is a long process. We work with the the ID Office to grant access to instructors teaching in the General Purpose Classrooms. The locks read a chip that is housed in a proximity ID card. The chip holds a series of numbers. We program the locks so they unlock when they read the number that is assigned to an instructors. This means our instructors will need a proximity card to gain access to the majority of our General Purpose Classrooms. These ID’s can be obtained from the ID Office in the Student Union Building. If you know an instructor teaching in a General Purpose Classrooms, encourage them to get a proximity ID from the ID Office. We are happy to answer any questions about access or the lock programming process. Feel free to call us at 806.834.5271 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once this was completed, we focused our sights on helping instructors to get acquainted with the technology in the room. We held a few technology trainings this week so instructors could ask question and see the equipment in the room. We like to hear that our technology and equipment is being utilized. It is becoming an integral piece of how instructors teach their class so we want to be sure we are supporting them fully. If you need any information or instruction about our technology feel free to look at some of the instruction PDF’s. They can be found on our website at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/asfr/gpc/ (They can be found under the FAQ’s Technology tab. Just click on How do I use Technology in GPC’s?). The Classroom Technology Support (CTS) division of IT Help Central is who we rely on to support the technology in the General Purpose Classrooms. If an instructor has any issues with the technology CTS can be reached at 806.834.5252.
Lastly, we walked through all of our classrooms to audit. We checked to make sure they were clean. We reorganized the student seating if necessary and left any needed supplies for instructors. Our hope is that student feel comfortable and attentive in our General Purpose Classrooms. Also that our instructors feel that they are supported and can teach their course with minimal issues. We are excited to hear feedback from instructors and students who are attending a course in our General Purpose Classrooms. Below are pictures of various styles of General Purpose Classrooms. Let us know if we accomplished creating comfortable yet functional classrooms.