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Summer 2015 Classroom Improvements:

Photos of recent classroom improvements can be found here.

  • 115 Vernon Street Rm 103 received an upgraded video system with the addition of an 80" high-definition flat-screen display and a fully digital audio visual processing system supporting both analog and digital sources.
  • 115 Vernon Street Rm 106 now has an enhances display system with he addition of a high resolution projector supporting analog and digital sources. A new projection screen supporting current display standards has also been installed.
  • Center for Urban and Global Studies First Floor Meeting Room now has an installed classroom instructor workstation and audio visual system. An iMac computer offering both Windows and Mac operating systems, connectivity for digital and analog sources, high resolution projection' and sound reinforcement are available in support of classes and events in this space. 
  • Jacobs Life Sciences Center 138 seating has been upgraded with 57 new tablet chairs. These new chairs reflect Trinity's support of faculty needs for flexibility, with installed casters allowing for easy reconfiguration of the space. The tablet work surfaces are expanded, supporting student desire for additional space for notes and devices. 
  • McCook 225 has received a full upgrade to the audio visual system. It now supports both digital and analog connectivity, a high resolution projector, and a powered projection screen allowing for display at the current aspect ratio standard. AV control is by the standard control panel faculty will find familiar from rooms across campus.
  • McCook 307 now supports both analog and digital connectivity with an upgraded audio visual system. Retaining the standard controls, the room has an upgraded audio visual processor and digital projector and displays. Student seating has been upgraded with new tablet chairs with casters for easy reconfiguration of the space. 
  • Raether Center United Technologies Computer Lab B03 received 32 new student workstation computers running Windows and supporting the full classroom suite of Windows-based applications. 
  • Zachs Hillel House First Floor Dinning Room has been outfitted with a fully digital audio visual system in support of its use as a classroom for regularly scheduled classes and special events. The room features an instructor workstation with an iMac running Windows and Mac operating systems, touch screen audio visual controls, a high resolution projection system, and a Crestron Airmedia¨ system to support connectivity for wireless devices. Seating in this space can be configured to support a range of classes, from small seminar to mid-sized lectures. 
  • Document Cameras have been added to several classrooms (LSC 131, LSC 132, LSC 133, LSC 135, LSC 136, LSC 137, LSC 138, Nutt MECC 220, Nutt MECC 232, Nutt MECC 246, McCook 102, McCook 106, McCook 225, McCook 303, McCook 307, McCook 311), allowing for display and capture of objects, documents, and demonstrations. These cameras can also be used in conjunction with Skype, Google Hangouts, and other applications to expand the classroom. 
  • iMac and Mac Mini computers installed in 53 classroom instructor workstations across campus have been upgraded to solid state drives to improve startup times and performance.
Please send us feedback as you teach and learn in these rooms during this fall semester.

Summer 2014 Classroom Improvements:

  • McCook 219 has been completely renovated in order to facilitate a new pedagogical approach to teaching Introductory Physics courses.  This new methodology incorporates laboratory exercises directly into the lecture sequence thereby reinforcing concepts with experiential learning.
  • LITC A02 has been reconfigured and renamed the Financial Research Computer Lab (formal name pending). This lab will feature 11 Bloomberg Terminals, a 16 foot long stock ticker display, and two 55” flat screen displays for financial market data. An instructor workstation and AV system will remain in place to support the use of this space as a classroom.
  • Computer Upgrades. 20 new instructor workstations have been installed in Clement 105, McCook Auditorium, Seabury N128, N129, N130, S201, and S215, Austin Arts 101, LITC 119, MEEC 117, and McCook 121, 205, 303, 307, 309A, and 313.
  • Projection.  A new projection system was installed in McCook 225.
  • Whiteboards: two whiteboards were installed in LITC B03 computer lab 2 and one in Seabury S205.
  • Lighting. Additional track lighting was installed in LSC 138.
  • Furniture Upgrades: 10 small seminar tables and 21 chairs have been placed in LSC 137 and 20 new instructor chairs have been placed in various classrooms (LSC 131,132,133,134,135,136,137,138; MEEC 220, 232, 246, 260, 270; McCook 102, 106, 225, 213, 303; Clement 105; LITC B03).

Summer 2013 Classroom Improvements:

  • Boyer Auditorium in Life Sciences Center is a brand new room! This formerly cavernous auditorium has been transformed into a comfortable, quiet, modern teaching space. Auditorium seating has been replaced by tables and swiveling chairs to accommodate group work and other teaching methods, the floor has been raised to reduce the steep incline of the room and to insulate the teaching and learning space from the mechanical noise, and the whole space has a bright, modern look.
  • In a continuing effort to upgrade furniture in regular classrooms and adjust room capacities to fit the needs of our students and teachers, LSC 136 has an increased capacity, and all furniture is new.
  • Based on a survey of faculty, we determined that the current distribution of whiteboards and blackboards on campus matches faculty desires. Over the course of the past year, the seven rooms whose blackboards were in the worst condition on Campus, McCook 303, 305, 307, 309, 309A, and Seabury 215 were all resurfaced.
  • The Allen K. Smith Writing Center in 115 Vernon Street has been renovated.
  • The dance studio in Trinity Commons 156 has been transformed into a multi-use performance space.
  • A brand new seminar room with state-of-the art projection has been created in Gallows Hill.
  • Additional document cameras and updated projectors have been installed in more classrooms on campus to meet the teaching technology needs of the faculty.

Summer 2012

Based on student and faculty input gathered through a classroom survey administered during the fall semester of 2011, the Learning Spaces Committee improved some of our learning spaces this summer.

  • Responding to request for more rooms with flexible seminar seating for more than 20 students, LSC 131 has been furnished with new, small, movable seminar tables, and some additional tables have been added to LSC 135, to bring the capacity of both rooms up to 25.
  • To address frequent complaints of inadequate daylight and room darkening in the LSC classrooms due to the fact that the high windows have inoperable blinds, this summer new blinds were installed in four rooms: 132, 133, 134, and 138.
  • LSC 138 was converted to a much needed 55 seat lecture style classroom, and Library B-02 was reconfigured to better suit the pedagogical needs of faculty teaching in computer labs.
  • The Social Science Center was outfitted with four additional workstations, and students were given late night access to this highly valued study space.
  • The large lecture room Clement 105 has been remodeled, including new seating, lighting, and improved projection.
  • The McCook physics teaching labs have been outfitted with a rolling AV setup for laptop connectivity.

March 2012

Notice Regarding Legacy Technology in Classrooms
Trinity College Learning Spaces will begin a gradual phase-out of legacy technologies in classrooms. VHS decks, 35mm Slide Projectors, and Overhead Transparency Projectors will not be replaced when they reach the end of their useful lives, and new or updated classrooms will not include these devices.

This is an opportunity to discuss with your Instructional Technologist the many options available for digitizing and integrating material into class work via Moodle, TrinFlix, and other resources. Please contact David Tatem, Greg Matejcik, or Sue Denning with questions or concerns.

Summer 2011

Based on faculty input, two small seminar rooms (Seabury T-408 and MCEC 293) have received new furnishings during the summer of 2011. In both rooms, faculty expressed a need for seminar seating which allowed flexibility in arrangement, so both rooms have been furnished with new, small, movable seminar tables.

During the summer 2011, the committee selected four classrooms for full furniture upgrades.  After procuring samples of some furniture options, students and faculty were invited to evaluate them. Based on feedback received, new furniture was ordered over the summer.  Three seminar style rooms (LSC 135, McCook 309, McCook 309A) have new, flexible seminar tables, on wheels to allow maximum flexibility. One lecture style room (LSC 136) will receive new tablet seats during the fall. In addition, all rooms received new paint.

Spring 2011

During the spring 2011, the committee surveyed all classrooms and assessed the current seating capacities. Most classrooms were found to be overcrowded - details are included here. Working with the Registrar, the Committee adjusted the seating capacities for many classrooms, and during the summer Buildings and Grounds will remove extra furniture to align actual classroom capacities with the online capacities. In the fall semester 2011, you will find classrooms to be less crowded, and classroom capacities will be clearly displayed in each room.