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ATS Newsletter, Vol.4 - July 2017

Enhancements to University Learning Spaces

A concept drawing of an accessible lecturn

Over the summer, Classroom Support Services has been working closely with a number of departments across the university to enhance learning environments of 13 traditional classrooms and 2 large lecture halls. All 13 rooms of the 3rd floor Liberal Arts building 1 are receiving updated presentation equipment, new furniture, and paint! ESC-105 and MMC-100 are receiving a number of physical enhancements including presentation equipment.

The presentation equipment is being upgraded from what’s known as a “Legacy Rack System” to our “2nd Generation Tier 2 Smart Cart System” which includes an ADA compliant height adjustable instructor lectern, touch screen control interface, industrial optical disc (DVD/BluRay) player, digital document camera, PA system, personal device interface (HDMI, mini-display port, & VGA), 5000 lumen digital projector, and a university supported computer.

These projects are still underway; however, the learning environments should be ready for students and faculty by the start of the fall semester.

Special thanks goes out to Michael Gardner (Physical Planning & Facilities Management), Dan Biles & Ron Wilhelm (Facilities Management), and Richard Dubistsky (ITS Network & Telecom Services) Thank you for your dedication and everything you do and have done to make this happen!

Horn Center Hours are changing! Come visit us there.

A student browses a horn center computer

Starting Fall 2017 the Horn Center will be open from 8am to 11pm Monday – Thursday and 8am to 5pm Friday.

Historically the Horn Center has been open from 7:45 am to 11:00 pm Monday – Thursday, 7:45 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, and 12:30 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday; however, after careful consideration, close examination of utilization data, and much debate it has been determined the best course of action is to simplify the hours, and right align our resources to better serve the students, faculty and staff.

Starting this Fall the new hours at the Horn Center will be:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 11pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm

For students looking for computer lab access on the weekend, the University Library’s Spidell Center is a fantastic option.

It’s not just the hours that’s changing at the Horn Center. Classroom Support Services is moving and expanding its services by adding a new location. Its primary residency will be in the Horn Center, and a secondary location is being introduced in the new AS-120 suite! This enhancement provides faculty two choices for checking out classroom equipment.

Need help? Visit ATS in person at our temporary location

We are temporarily located in PH2-116 while our AS-120 home is undergoing renovations. This summer, you can get BeachBoard and instructional design support from 8AM to 5PM, Monday through Thursday. Starting August 14th, we will resume normal hours 8AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday in PH2-116 until we move back to AS-120.

Have a suggestion? Let us know.

BeachBoard Feedback
ATS-Feedback@csulb.edu

 

Meet the staff: Alex Hazlewood

Alex Hazlewood

Alex Hazlewood joined Academic Technology Services in September of 2016, and is a member of the Classroom Support Services team. Classroom Support Services designs, implements and supports classroom technologies and environments. Alex is Extron certified, and is responsible for designing the graphical user interfaces and programming of our newest Extron touch panel control systems in our smart/active learning classrooms. Alex also regularly interacts with faculty, staff, and students during training sessions, troubleshooting in the classroom, and setting up for events.

Prior to joining the CSULB family, Alex attended the University of California San Diego, earning his B.A. in Computing in the Arts. Shortly after graduation, he started his academic technology career with Paramount Unified School District as an IT professional.

In his work, Alex loves to help others and learn new things, which he strives to do every day. At home, he loves to relax, play board games with friends, and travel with his family. In fact, he recently returned from a two week trip to Spain, where he got to see the running of the bulls firsthand! Luckily he is still in one piece, and able to jump right back into work… as much as he might’ve loved to remain on vacation!

 

 BeachBoard Tip of the Month: Completion Summary

BeachBoard completion summary example

The Completion Summary allows instructors to track how many students view a specific content item in a course.

For every item in the course, a completion summary can be viewed. To view what students have opened (meaning they have clicked the link and landed on the page- perhaps not actually read), choose “Content” from the navbar and select the name of the file. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Completion Summary” (far right tab). You can view by all or filter by “complete” or “incomplete”. Then you can view who has opened the topic as well as the last time they have opened it.

 

ATS Leadership

Shawna Dark, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President, Academic Technology
Shawna.Dark@csulb.edu
562.985.8115

Jonathan Blake Huer, MFA 
Director, Academic Technologies and Innovation
Jonathan.Huer@csulb.edu
562.985.2979

Dennis LuPresto, MBA 
Interim Director, Classroom Support and Design
Dennis.LuPresto@csulb.edu
562.985.2629

Doug Butler, MBA 
Administrative Support Manager
Doug.Butler@csulb.edu
562.985.2333