Information School Displays
This proposal would fund (18) Apple 27" Thunderbolt displays for the Information School Team Lab in Mary Gates Hall 440. The displays would be connected to existing 27" iMac computers that were last refreshed and paid for by the iSchool in Autumn 2014.
This proposal is being submitted to the "Computer Labs" category. Mary Gates Hall room 440 is a general purpose computer lab and is not reserved for classes.
The Information School (iSchool) is located on the ground, 3rd and 4th floors of Mary Gates Hall, most staff are located in the Roosevelt Commons building, and our primary research facilities are located in the basement of Bloedel Hall.
The iSchool has approximately 55 full-time faculty and 950 students, and expects to increase the size of our undergraduate Informatics program from 140 to 210 students per year in Autumn 2015.
The iSchool has not requested funding from the STF since 2012.
Our primary academic programs include the Bachelor of Science in Informatics, the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS), the online MLIS, the Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM), and the PhD in Information Science.
Informatics: Undergraduates study the information, people, and technology components of information systems. These students are preparing for careers as web designers, database administrators, program managers, usability engineers, business analysts, project managers, interface designers, and information architects.
MLIS: Graduate students in the Master of Science in Library Science program focus on users and the organization of information. Most will work as librarians or information specialists.
Online MLIS: These students have a quarterly onsite residency requirement, but complete most of their coursework at a distance. Classes are delivered using streaming media technologies over the Web.
MSIM: Graduate students in this program follow two tracks: One for mid-career professionals and the other for students without professional experience. The program prepares them for leadership positions in Information Technology or Information Management.
PhD in Information Science: Our doctoral students focus on research that will increase our understanding of human involvement with information and its social and technological ramifications.
Benefits to Students and the University
All of the Information School's programs are technology intensive and most require students to complete assignments and projects that require the use of software development tools. In addition, many students work on their own personal software development or creative projects outside of the classroom.
The school currently has a facility known as the "Team Lab" that is a general use computer lab. The Team Lab includes (23) 27" iMac computers that run both OS X and Windows 8.1 using Parallels.
While these machines are excellent, given the large amount of development work that many of our students engage in, some have asked for a dual-monitor setup to facilitate their work. Editing multiple pieces of code, using a software repository service like GitHub, having another window open for file transfer or to edit a graphic, having another screen available to test and see your results - the possibilities are many. Be it for web development, mobile development when using a phone or tablet emulator, creating an information or data visualization, prototyping with a wireframe, or just standard programming tasks - multiple displays can significantly improve the experience for students and aid in their productivity.
We therefore propose to add a second monitor to 18 of the 23 existing iMacs in lab (there is insufficient desk space for the other five machines to have a second display).
TO: Student Technology Fee Committee
FROM: Dr. Harry Bruce, Dean and Professor, The Information School
RE: iSchool STF Proposal
As Dean of the Information School of the University of Washington, I am pleased to enthusiastically support this Student Technology Fee proposal for secondary displays to be used in our Team Lab. A large number of our Informatics students utilize this facility each day to build software solutions, apps, or data visualizations that solve a variety of information problems. I hope the committee will consider this proposal carefully and I'd like to thank you for the support you have provided to our students in the past.
The monitors will be purchased and installed as soon as funding is available.
Resources Provided by Department
The iSchool currently manages over 180 computers in our departmental computer labs located in (6) different spaces in Mary Gates Hall (MGH). Given the rapid growth of our school, we've had difficulty finding enough space and have entered into two different sharing agreements with other departments to more effectively use campus space and technology resources.
Five of these spaces are "computer classrooms" where we reserve the lab for large portions of the day to support our courses. MGH 076 and MGH 082 are each (27) seat PC computer labs. The space was initially assigned to the English department and in exchange for English sharing the space with us half the time, the iSchool provides all the equipment and software for these two rooms and manages the labs.
MGH 342 and MGH 334 are known as the "IPL" or Introductory Computer Lab. Approximately (50) PC's are installed in these two rooms. CSE utilizes these labs to support CSE 142/143/154 for half of the day, and the iSchool uses these labs to support classes such as INFO 101 and INFO 200. The equipment was purchased by both CSE and the iSchool without STF funding, and the iSchool manages this lab for both departments.
MGH 430 is a 42 seat computer classroom with 27" iMac computers that run both OS X and Windows 8.1. This space is currently assigned to just the iSchool, and again we fund all of the software and equipment completely, no STF funding is utilized.
When these computer classrooms are not being used by courses, they are available for general student use. Outside MGH 430 we installed a digital scheduling panel to facilitate students knowing when the room is reserved for classes and when it is available as a general purpose lab.
The final space, MGH 440 is known as the "Team Lab" in the iSchool. It is a general purpose computer lab that we provide for our students and it is never reserved for classes. It includes (23) 27" iMacs, equipped the same as those in MGH 430. Just like all the other spaces, no STF funding as been utilized to equip this facility. The last two hardware refreshes of this lab (including the most recent in Fall 2014) were paid for completely by the iSchool. It is in this lab where this funding would be utilized for the second monitors.
Access Restrictions (if any)
Normal lab hours are 8am-6pm M-F. Due to security concerns, during evening and weekend hours the Team Lab requires students to swipe their Husky Card for entry. All students in the iSchool can obtain access but non-iSchool students do not have access during off hours. Swipe-card access is available to iSchool students until 3am.
In my role as President of the Informatics Undergraduate Association I have the distinct pleasure of meeting and interacting with a lot of iSchool students. I get to see the things they're working on, the classes they're struggling with, and the incredible projects they're creating. The majority of these conversations happen in our Team Lab. This is a fantastic collaborative space, a home base for our students to get together and work on great things. I can come in any hour of the day, weekday or weekend and I'm sure to find my peers hard at work conceptualizing, designing, and developing great things.
A lot of these projects have a lot of things going on at once, like coding in one window, browsing the Web for tutorials in another while looking at a reference in Photoshop on a third. The most common complaint I hear from students is that they're limited in productivity by their available screen real estate and would be able to do more with a larger workspace. A lot of our students get used to dual screen workstations at internships and workplaces and want to have that more flexible workspace in our Team Lab. I fully support this proposal to fund the dual screens because I want to see the amazing things iSchool students will create with their increased productivity and motivation.
President, Informatics Undergraduate Association (IUGA)
2560x1400 IPS LED display. Included gigabit ethernet, three USB connections and a FireWire port for added connectivity options.Justification
The Apple 27" Thunderbolt display matches the resolution of the existing 27" iMacs in the lab making it ideal in a dual display scenario. A difference in resolution would result in text and objects appearing in different sizes on each screen. This display provides a Thunderbolt connection for seamless one-cable connectivity to the existing iMacs in the lab and also matches the 27" iMac design. Price based on Apple education pricing available through the UW eProcurement site.
9.6% Sales tax required
Total requested: $18,721.87
Total funded: $0.00
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