MEMO To: SAS Faculty who teach in Moore, Pender, and/or Towne From: Al Filreis, English, SAS John Smolen, Exec. Dir., Student Information & Systems, This memo seeks your advice on planned renovations to classrooms in the Moore, Pender, and Towne Buildings. If you haven't the time to wade through the preliminaries--though we hope you will--you should skip to the indented paragraphs below, where we ask specifically for your help. For the past three years the Provost's Classroom Facilities Review Committee has sponsored renovations to central-pool classrooms. Stan Chodorow is *very* keen to continue the work first proposed by Michael Aiken: to make a dramatic difference within a span of six or seven years to all central-pool classrooms (those rooms, that is, that do not "belong" to Schools but are operated and scheduled by the central administration). An extensive survey conducted by the committee in its first year, chaired then by Elizabeth Johns, found that the situation was dire--among other things, morale among teaching faculty in these classrooms was quite low. The Committee consists of faculty members from across the Schools--especially representing faculty who teach in classrooms in direst need of renovation--and a wide range of administrators from across the Schools and from within the central administration who have always concerned themselves with classrooms, but who, until the formation of our committee, had little contact with faculty when planning classroom use. The results of our work have sometimes been spectacular--for instance, Williams 103-105 and Leidy Labs (Room 10), both recent Classroom Committee projects (we urge you to visit them). We have also renovated spaces in DRL, Bennett Hall, Meyerson, and Stiteler, and we designed and installed the computing-projection technology in the new Jaffe Building. Sometimes we have found that we cannot redo a room as wholly as we would like, but manage to improve it significantly--as with Meyerson B1 last summer. The Committee has already set a priority list of projects for the next three summers at least. One of our main efforts is to integrate standard physical renovation (lighting, ceilings, seating, floors, window hangings, blackboards, ventilation, etc.) with the installation of state-of-the-art projection and computing hardware and software--the sort of technology that is rapidly changing the way we teach. Obviously it is cheaper to do both these kinds of renovations at once than to install classroom hardware now and then later redo ceilings, lighting, seats, etc. This summer and next we will concentrate our efforts on buildings in the Engineering School complex. Ira Winston of SEAS (a member of our committee) is supervising the technology aspects of the project for us and is working closely with the Implementation Subcommittee, chaired by John Smolen. ENGINEERING FACULTY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES USING CLASSROOMS IN ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ MOORE, PENDER AND TOWNE. IN FACT, SAS FACULTY ARE HEAVY USERS of ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ the space; thus we are asking for your reaction to the types of technology planned for these rooms. If you do teach in any of the rooms in Engineering, please comment on the description offered just below. If you would like to discuss the matter further, feel free to contact Ira directly (email@example.com). Generally the plan is to put in two projection systems in some classrooms; in these, one projector, a high-lumen overhead, would focus on one screen at the front of the room. This overhead will support transparencies, but will not provide any support to opaque projection, which at the moment is not being considered as part of the need in these rooms. A ceiling mounted projector, capable of handling signals from VCRs, Macintosh, DOS/Windows and workstation machines, would be directed to a second screen. There would be installed in the room a PowerPC computer with built-in CD ROM player. The computer would support both Macintosh OS and DOS/Windows. A super VHS-VCR would support VHS material. In addition, facilities will be available for plugging in standard DOS/Windows and Macintosh portables. In the larger classrooms, Speakers would be built into the ceiling and sound would be controlled from an amplifier. Note that there doesn't yet seem to be a need for laser disc players, video cameras and other analog devices, opaque projection, and digital cameras and other plug-in digital devices. In smaller rooms we will be using a cart with a large screen TV monitor and no built-in computer. If you are now, or will soon, be teaching with the new technology, does this plan meet your needs? Especially if you believe we have missed some crucial component, contact us immediately.