Miller Hall Computer Lab Workstations + Interactive Projector
The College of Education supports a student technology center accessible to all UW students and used primarily by College of Education students. We are requesting STF funding to a) replace our aging workstations with more modern equipment, b) upgrade to an interactive projection system for the main lab, and c) setup a new technology collaboration station in the center.
The Miller Hall computer lab hours are governed by the department help desk hours, Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM. Lab hours are responsive to student needs. For example, we extend hours leading up to state certification deadlines for our Teacher Education students.
Miller Hall is the home of the College of Education and it is largely these students that utilize our lab. Miller also houses four general assignment classrooms and we receive many students from all areas.
The Miller Hall computer lab is highlighted as a “Computer Lab” point of interest on the UW campus map and is listed in UW SpaceScout.
Miller Hall has been home to a computer lab for UW students for over 25 years. The College of Education has over 800 graduate students and a rapidly expanding undergraduate program with more than 400 students enrolled in our major and minor. Much of student learning happens out in local schools instead of in classroom. Because of this distributed learning, video has played a critical and increasing role in the curriculum. Students turn in video for assignments, post video to share and discuss with each other, and submit video to the state of Washington for professional certification.
The Miller Hall computer lab provides appropriate equipment, software, immediate support and, most importantly, a space for students to work side by side and collaborate on a variety of technology projects.
Benefits to Students and the University
Current equipment is six years old and student user experience is suffering. Key student work done in the lab includes video editing, statistical work and eLearning. With the current hardware, students are regularly forced to wait 30 minutes for video encoding to complete. New machines would provide faster rendering and access to high speed interfaces such as Thunderbolt, USB 3, and gigabit ethernet ports decreasing time students need to wait for transfer of large files.
Having a collaboration station setup adjacent to the lab and neighboring classrooms would allow students to work in small teams with the benefit of a shared computer desktop. This would be particularly helpful when students need to co-edit multimedia materials for various College of Education courses.
College of Education Interim Dean, Deborah McCutchen, fully supports this proposal and believes that updating and replacing the computer equipment in the computer lab is an appropriate use of Student Tech Fee funding. The growing importance of technology in learning makes it especially essential that the College of Education provide up-to-date equipment and technology to ensure all UW students have access to twenty-first century educational tools.
Equipment would be ordered promptly after funding was made available. Installation and configuration will be complete by start of autumn quarter 2015.
Resources Provided by Department
The Miller Hall computer lab is air conditioned and recently remodeled with new furniture. It is adjacent to a large, reservable, meeting room (also locatable on SpaceScout).
The lab is adjacent to the departmental help desk which provides immediate support for hardware and software.
The lab is well equipped with peripheral equipment including video transfer hardware, scanners, and a Dawg Prints printer. The adjacent help-desk maintains a check out pool with video cameras, transcription equipment, headphones, and more.
Our lab workstations are configured to map student’s U Drive at logon.
Access Restrictions (if any)
No access restrictions to Miller Computer Lab beyond building and lab hours. No consumable fees are charged for use of computers in the lab.
Kate Barratt - Master in Teaching, Elementary Education (April 2015)
As a graduate student in the College of Education, the computer lab in Miller Hall has been an incredibly valuable resource. As we prepare for a collaborative field, it is necessary to have space to learn and grow together. I’ve personally used the computer lab for quiet, independent workspace. However, I’ve also used it to get help from classmates and be close to professors and mentors. As a future educator, I recognize the importance of improving our ability to interact with the technology we will be asked to use in the classroom. For example, many of my classmates have requested additional practice using an interactive projector, as these are becoming more prevalent in classrooms. However, there is not currently a place in the COE that is conducive with this type of learning. Thank you for considering in investing in technology that will greatly impact not only our education at UW, but will allow us to advance our knowledge to benefit our future students.
Christine Ito - Master in Teaching, Elementary Education (April 2015)
As a former UW undergraduate and a current graduate student in UW's Master's in Teaching Program, I constantly look to collaborate with my peers to share ideas and resources that support my teaching. The Miller Hall computer lab has been a go-to resource for me and my cohort in that we can work during our lunch break and have a quiet space for collaboration. The technology is dependable, accessible, and convenient. Seeing as the College of Education is bustling with students, an upgrade to the computer lab would be much appreciated and utilized.
Jessica Wahlund - Master in Teaching, Elementary Education
I'm a graduate student in the Elementary Teacher Education Program at UW. The convenience of the computer lab in Miller Hall has been an essential piece of my educational experience. I feel that being able to access the equipment and technological support that I need, as well as having a dedicated space to collaborate with my peers and instructors has enhanced my experience in the program. Amenities such as our computer lab help to keep the UW College of Education ranked as one of the top education schools in the nation. That said, upgrades to the lab would help to keep it on par with other facilities around campus as well as demonstrate the schools continued commitment to providing an outstanding education.
Apple iMac 21.5" 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo boost up to 3.2GHz) - 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 /1TB 5400 rpm HD / Intel Iris Pro Graphics / SDXC Card Slot.
Workstation for computer lab to upgrade from 5 year old machines. New technology is better suited for software used in the college by students and video editing.
Covers support, parts, and labor for iMac.Justification
Devices are expensive to repair and most work has to be done by Apple. To keep the lab manageable all devices need to have consistent responsive service options.
EPSON BrightLink 585Wi Interactive Projector, WXGA, 3300 Lumens.
CDWG- Via e-Procurement portal
This projector will allow for student collaboration and sharing using the latest interactive projector technology.
Samsung DM65D - 65" Class ( 64.5" viewable ) LED display
This display will be used at a collaboration station. It will allow students to work together around a small table and share a screen.
Chief Fusion LTMU - mounting kit
Mounting kit for flat panel display.
Total requested: $28,300.40
Total funded: $20,242.40
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