Computing Accessible Classrooms
In partnership with the Office of the Registrar, UW Bothell IT would like to announce our new pilot program for Winter 2019: Computing Accessible Classrooms. This change was proposed to, and endorsed by, the campus Technology Advisory Committee.
This pilot will replace the current Mobile Laptop Cart service offered by UW Bothell IT.
Why the new program?
As part of regular service evaluation UW Bothell IT was asked how to best adapt to today’s needs and campus community. Changes in size and resource availability over the past 6 years contributed to the realization that current service could no longer scale .
UW Bothell IT evaluated the usage data and conducted surveys with the faculty and staff to ensure an understanding of the changing needs. The decision was made to assign laptop resources to dedicated spaces to support students and instructional needs. During this pilot phase, UW Bothell will continue to assess this service including the use of IT resources and supportability.
- The Mobile Laptop Cart service will become stationary within UW1-010, UW1-020, and UW1-030. These classrooms were chosen by the Office of the Registrar as they are large enough to support the number of students as well as house a laptop cart.
- Each laptop cabinet will contain 18 Windows laptops. This number of laptops will provide access for students in need while also acknowledging that today’s average student prefers to bring their own laptop to class.
- Reserved usage of these spaces will no longer rely on IT’s delivery of these carts, since the laptops will be permanently installed in these spaces.
- Faculty will not need to remember to cancel this service when they don’t need the laptops for a class.
- All scheduling for recurring and one-time usage will now simply go through each school's Time Schedule Coordinator.
- Training and orientation opportunities will be made available so that all faculty feel supported in these spaces to best serve their students.
What’s the same?
- Students will access to a laptop and specific software via the Computing Accessible Classrooms.
- The Office of the Registrar will continue to prioritize classes that need the computing resources when scheduling these three rooms.
- UW Bothell IT will continue to deliver great service and support of these campus resources.
This pilot will run for six months (throughout Winter and Spring 2019) and UW Bothell IT will continue to assess the use of the service and solicit feedback from campus. This is the first phase of a longer term evaluation to inform the future strategy for the use of technology and computing resources in our classrooms.