OIT Does That? Classrooms and Labs

OIT manages smart classrooms and computer labs to enrich the educational environment for our students and to provide resources to instructors.

Classroom technology is assembled and maintained by the OIT Classroom Technology Support (CTS) team.  They are responsible for 130 general-assignment smart classrooms. CTS also provides a will-call equipment rental service to the campus.

OIT Instructional Lab Support (ILS) supports 6 instructional lab classrooms, 5 drop-in computer labs, 2 staff training labs, and the virtual computing lab.  They also manage the printing management software and printing release stations in the computer labs and mobile printing.

Together, CTS and ILS ensure that hundreds of computers and other devices are functional, updated, regularly replaced, and ready for a range of instructional and training needs.

CTS and ILS work on behalf of instructors, departments, schools, clubs, and off-campus groups, and collaborate with a variety of teams on classroom, lab, or learning-space related projects.  Examples include:

Have questions about what we do, or what we can do for you? Feel free to contact our management team directly, or contact the CTS smartclassroom help desk (smartclassrooms@uci.edu, x48833) or the OIT help desk (oit@uci.edu, x42222).

Virtual Computer Lab

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UCI students, especially in the sciences and engineering, need to learn and use very high-end and often expensive software.  Buying a copy of each package for every lab computer at UCI is not feasible, so how can UCI offer this essential learning aid?

In collaboration with CSU Fullerton, UCI has made a virtual computing lab available.  Using a student’s own computer as the gateway, she or he can run packages such as ArcGIS, Matlab, and SPSS remotely.  These packages are fully licensed, and full-featured, but by fluidly sharing licensing and computing capacity, this service is provided at the fraction of the cost of a local, equally well equipped computer lab.  Additionally, this solution offers freedom of location and 24/7 service.

Print Anywhere with Mobile Printing

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OIT has recently extended the printing service in the OIT computing labs to support “mobile printing.”   Mobile Printing allows UCI students, faculty and staff to send printouts (documents or web pages) to printers in the computer labs from mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones.  Mobile printing supports a range of common document formats, including Word, PDF, and various image formats.

Printers for this service are available in the following locations:

  • Student Center C138 [OIT]
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway G200 & G240 & G241 [OIT]
  • Social Science Tower 107 [OIT]
  • Natural Sciences 1 2144 & 3116 [OIT]
  • Multipurpose Science & Technology Building 210 & 226 [OIT]
  • Humanities Hall 269 [HIRC]
  • Engineering Hall 1151 [HSSoE]
  • Engineering Computing Trailer 123 [HSSoE]
  • Multipurpose Science & Technology Building 224 [HSSoE]

Printing a document involves a few simple steps:

  • You must connect to UCInet, either by using an existing connected system, the VPN, or UCInet Mobile Access (campus Wi-Fi).
  • Start the Mobile Printing service.
  • Identify the location you wish to print to.
  • Identify the document or web page you wish to print.
  • Go to the chosen printer and use your UCI ID card to authorize the printout.  (You will need to have pre-loaded value on your card at a Regenerator station.)

More detailed instructions with screenshots can be found on the mobile printing instructions page.

New Instructional Computing Labs

Last fall, NACS brought three new instructional computing labs up, and we want to be sure faculty, staff, and students are aware of them.

The first lab, dedicated to faculty and staff training, is in the Anteater Instruction & Research Building (AIRB). Priority is given to NACS and the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) events, but it is available free of charge for other faculty and staff training on campus. Equipped with 16 Windows workstations in addition to an instructor’s station, this room also features the same console and other equipment found in UCI Smart Classrooms.

You can view the availability of the training lab in Oracle Calendar, or request reservations online (login with your UCInetID).

NACS@Student Center Lab

NACS@Student Center Lab

Two drop-in labs opened as part of the upgraded Student Center and Cross-Cultural Center. The NACS@StudentCenter lab has approximately 44 Windows and Macintosh workstations and a print station. The NACS@CCC lab has another 6 Windows workstations. Additional seats are available for students with their own laptops, with access to UCI’s wireless network.  Hours of operation, as well as hardware and software details can be found on the NACS Drop-in Labs web page.

Computer Labs Aid Instruction

You might think, in these days of ubiquitous laptops and wireless Internet, that the traditional instructional computer lab has had its day, but labs remain an essential resource for instruction at UCI.

Distributed through 9 rooms in six buildings, NACS manages over 300 computers dedicated to instructional use. NACS continuously invests in the lab computers to keep them current, and systems in any of our labs have a consistent, predictable configuration.

All lab computers have an array of academic and productivity software, and all labs have printing facilities (most through NACS’s Payprint system, and Gateway Study Center computers through the Library.)

Instructional labs fill two principal roles: allocation to faculty while teaching regularly scheduled courses, and “drop in” use. Some labs are always available for drop-in use, and all labs are available for drop-in use when not being used for a course.

Faculty interested in having a computing lab allocated to a course may make their request online.

In addition to course use and drop-in use, some of our computers are available at night as a computational resource. From 10pm to 7am, systems in the MST and SST buildings reconfigure themselves as a computational cluster. If you’re interested in access to this cluster, please contact NACS.

Instructional labs:
http://www.nacs.uci.edu/computing/labs/index.html#instruct

Request a lab for your course:
http://www.nacs.uci.edu/computing/labs/schedule.html

Drop-in labs:
http://www.nacs.uci.edu/computing/labs/index.html#drop