Looking Ahead: Goals for the New Year

The New Year is full of new goals and resolutions for the coming year. This is the time of year to set new goals or continue to pursue them. For this coming year, the General Purpose Classroom project is continuing to strive to provide instructors and students with classrooms and technology to improve their teaching and learning experience. While we are continuing to fulfill our long term goal of maintaining the General Purpose Classrooms on campus, we have also set new goals for ourselves.

Our major goal for this year is to start moving away from the proximity locks (keypad) and replacing them with Global locks. Currently, the only rooms left that still have proximity locks are Holden 28, 33, 38, 104, 106, 109, 111, 154, 155, and 225 as well as Agricultural Science 214. There are many benefits to making this switch, besides increasing the uniformity of the classroom access.

By switching to the Global lock system, we’ll be better able to manage access to the rooms. The Global locks allow us to remotely unlock doors. If there is an issue with an instructor’s proximity card, he or she will not have to wait for someone to come to them to unlock their room. Instructors will also have more door unlocking options. By swiping their card through the card reader or holding their proximity card up to the chip reader twice, they will be able to keep the door unlocked for the duration of their class. This ensures that their class will not be interrupted by students being locked out. Or if instructors want to keep the room locked during their class, they can just swipe or present their credentials once. This unlocks the door for a few seconds to allow their entry. Afterwards, it will unlock.

For access to these rooms, we just need instructor R#’s to add access. Instructors can contact us with their R# and we can add their access to the room they will be using. Even though regular magnetic cards can be used to gain access, we encourage instructors to get proximity cards from the ID office. Using the proximity function of the global lock keeps the card from wearing out as quickly. Using the card slide on the side of the lock can create more wear and tear on the card and force the user to replace the card sooner. Classroom Technology Services has created a video detailing how to use these global locks which can be viewed here.

More information regarding this latest project goal will be forthcoming. We’ll be keeping everyone up-to-date on the progress of this change.

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