Instructional Support Services is a division of Information Technology Services
specially designed to provide support to all open classrooms and computing
labs. Instructional Computing manages the 13 open student computing labs,
123 technology enabled classrooms and provides audiovisual resources to
open classrooms for instructional use
There are 13 open computing labs available to students on campus. Instructional Support Services has lab staff (consultants) available in 7 of the 13 open labs who will orient students to the available hardware and software, upon request. The consultants can also assist with many software issues, but they will not do student homework nor assist with programming problems. Students may use the computer labs for instruction on new and existing technologies available. Support is provided for MyGateway, Single Sign On ID and passwords. There are also short courses for students during the Fall and Spring Semesters. These courses are free and designed to introduce students to a variety of campus software and computing topics. Some labs do provide special services, such as assistance with Writing and Math.
There are six types of classrooms that a course might meet in:
Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TECs)
TECs have individual networked computer stations for all students, an instructor station with DVD/CD drive, a sound system, ceiling-mounted data projector.
Learning Studios (TECs)
Learning Studios are innovative classrooms designed to help meet various pedagogical needs. The rooms feature flexible technology and room arrangements to include wireless student laptops, Instructor station with Dual monitors, Smart Podiums or Boards along with Smart Software, and with a DVD/CD drive, multiple instructional points, multiple LCD projectors, advanced lighting and projector control systems, movable furniture, printer, digital document cameras, and advanced audio and visual systems.
Stick rooms have one networked computer station with DVD/CD drive, a sound system, a ceiling-mounted data projector.
Technology Enhanced Lecture Halls
Technology-enhanced lecture halls have the same basic configuration as stick rooms but have a much larger seating capacity. They are basically traditional lecture halls with an instructor station with DVD/CD drive, a sound system and a ceiling-mounted data projector.
Interactive two-way video classrooms
Interactive two-way video (ITV) classrooms are classrooms equipped to transmit and receive audio and video to and from a variety of sources. These rooms have an instructor station with DVD/CD drive, a sound system, ceiling-mounted data projector or LCD monitor and a document camera. ITV classrooms are available for instructional use and video conferencing.
Departmental classrooms are rooms used and maintained by individual departments. There is NO Instructional Support Services technical or audiovisual support in these rooms.
Although specific configurations vary from location to location, TECs, Stick rooms, Technology Enhanced Lecture Halls, ITVs and computing labs are fully connected to UMSL's network and are Internet accessible.