The collaboration lab
|Five clusters of six small tables (2' x 3'). Five
tables have room for a laptop and papers. One table has a computer
projector that can be connected to any laptop. Twenty-five students
are supported. Laptops are wireless or wired. Walls are "whiteboard
wallpaper" -- plastic that adheres to wallboard or other surfaces.
The Computational Environment
- Dell laptops - 800 Mhz, 40 GB hard drive, 512 MB memory, CD, Zip drives,
15" LCD display, 10/100 Ethernet, etc.
- Equipped with web browser, Microsoft Office, Visual Cafe, Java JDK,
emacs, X windows connection to departmental Solaris servers.
- Room software and equipment supported by Drexel's central IT support
The Course Web Managment System
- Secure (password protected) access to course materials
- Assignments, lecture notes (timed relase)
- On-line quizzes (automatically graded). This was occasionally
a lab activity, although they were not heavily weighted
- Course marks database
- Student submission of assignments, return of marked assignments
- Group shared file space where instructor-defined groups can
- Other features that we did not use (e.g. chatrooms, bulletin
Equipment and Suppot Costs
- The room cost approximately $100,000 to equip, including computers,
whiteboard, furniture, projectors, repainting, cabling.
- This was the inaugural use of the lab, so we expected some "breaking
in" with the equipment and software.
- Drexel IRT (central IT support)'s budget covers laptop support, software
licenses, and WebCT license.