The goal of the Classroom Improvement Project was to provide 90 classrooms across campus with projection, video, and audio equipment. The project focused on general-purpose classrooms with 30–90 seats that lacked instructional technology beyond overhead projectors and internet access. As of September 2007, the project has completed 128 such rooms, just under 60% of our registrar-controlled classrooms with 20 to 100 seats, and is considering whether more installations are needed. A table listing the completed rooms is available that allows you to see the rooms by building. Equipment lists for larger lecture halls are also available.
Download the Project Plan in detail
Spring 2008 Update on Classroom Improvement Project
Over the winter break we were able to upgrade Fernald 11, Goessmann 20, and Isenberg SOM 133. We also began a project to equip our smallest classrooms with a smaller AV package to meet the needs of more classes. We completed Dickinson 206 and LGRT 1234 with this simplified package that requires the instructor to bring her or his laptop to the room or to ask AIMS to deliver a DVD/VCR to the room. We are calling these new, smaller installations CIP IT Lite. During spring break, we will continue installing these “Lite” packages.
Download the Spring 2008 Update in detail
The following equipment is included in the basic installation. Instructors must bring a laptop (Mac, Windows, or Linux) if needed.
Step 1: Step 1: Request a key to the AV cabinet by completing this Web-based Key Request Form www.umass.edu/provost/key-request
You will be sent an email when your key is ready for pickup at the reception desk in the Office of the provost, 362 Whitmore. Be sure to bring your campus ID (or driver’s license) when you stop by to pick it up.
Step 2: Print and read the two-page instruction sheet. Call Steve or Bill at 545-5768 if you have any questions.
To request a particular classroom be added to receive this Instructional Technology package, please send your ideas and reasoning to the committee. Such information will prove useful as they select the remaining rooms to receive the IT package.
The following faculty, staff, and advisors were consulted about teaching needs in the classrooms that will be improved. Download the Summary of the Focus Group meeting.