CoE Classroom & CAEN Lab entrance display pilot

CAEN is piloting new College of Engineering (CoE) classroom and CAEN computer lab entrance information displays in select locations. Data and feedback from the pilot will help guide the final version of the interface. (Click images below to enlarge)

CoE Classroom Entrance Display
CoE Classroom Entrance Display

For CoE classrooms, the entrance information displays will show:

  • A quick glance of the room status to see if it is available (green) or reserved (red)
  • Current and future scheduled classes and events
  • A weekly view for the classroom schedule
  • A list that will show classroom availability in the same building, or around the College
  • A feature to search the next 10 days of the schedule by class, department, or room
CAEN Lab Entrance Display
CAEN Lab Entrance Display

For CAEN computer labs, the entrance information displays will show:

  • Whether or not the lab is currently reserved
  • Any future reservations for the lab that day
  • Current number of open computer stations for the lab
  • A scrollable list of open computer stations in other CAEN computer labs
  • Important CAEN Service Status messages
  • An interactive button to “Report a Problem”

 

Students who have interacted with these displays are welcome to contact CAEN with any feedback or suggestions for improvement.


Locations of CAEN Labs with the newest computers

250 new HP Z240 computers have been installed into the following CAEN computers labs and learning centers for start of the Fall 2017 term:

  • Beyster 1637
  • Chrysler 273
  • Duderstadt Center 3S
  • Duderstadt Center 3SW
  • EECS 2331
  • FXB B085
  • GGBL 2502
  • GGBL 2517
  • Shapiro B100

The new computers have the following specifications:

  • Small Form Factor (SFF) design
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 3.6 GHz (up to 4.2 GHz) 8M 4C SFF CPU
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2400 nECC (2×8 GB) Unbuffered RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P600 2 GB GDDR5
  • Disk: Samsung NVMe 512 PCIe SSD

Approximately 75 Samsung CH890 Series C34H890WJN 34” LED monitors (3440 x 1440 WQHD) will be deployed separately into the following locations when they arrive later in September/October:

  • EECS 1230
  • EECS 4440
  • FXB B085
  • Duderstadt Center

GFL 224 facility re-opened

GFL 224 has re-opened as both a College of Engineering 50-seat flexible classroom and a CAEN collaborative-style lab. The 12 collaborative stations can be used when the facility is not reserved for classroom use.

The CAEN lab in GFL 224 originally opened a number of years ago to primarily provide a location for the Mechanical Engineering (ME) department to teach several of their design courses in a computer lab setting. When it wasn’t reserved for classroom use, it was available as a traditional CAEN lab and the computers were set up in an individual-oriented seating style. The ME design courses were then moved from GFL 224 to the recently renovated G.G. Brown building in the Fall. Once that happened, the College Administration reviewed the function of GFL 224 and the facility was changed to what it is today to better serve the College needs.

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Additional 34″ curved monitors added to CAEN labs

Due to positive student feedback, CAEN is adding ten more 34” curved LED monitors (Samsung model S34E790C) on computers in the Duderstadt Center and Beyster 1695. These monitors offer more screen real estate with a resolution of 3440×1440 (QHD).

The following is a summary of all the locations where these monitors are currently installed:

  • (4) Duderstadt Center 2SW
  • (2) Duderstadt Center 3NE
  • (4) Beyster 1695
  • (12) GGBL 2570
  • (2) EECS 1230

Newly renovated computer lab in GFL 224 reopening

The CAEN lab in the Gorguze Family Laboratory (GFL) room 224 reopened on Friday, December 2. This student computer lab has been closed since July 2016 to undergo room and technology renovations, and features a new layout geared toward College of Engineering (CoE) group-based learning and instruction.

CAEN partnered with Cindy Finelli, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Engineering Education Research faculty member to design the space. Now complete, the lab represents CAEN’s first generation of a hybrid CoE classroom / CAEN collaborative lab design. As a reservable CoE classroom, the furniture can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of classroom teaching styles and a common A/V projection across all the monitors. As a CAEN collaborative lab, the furniture accommodates variable student group sizes, with groups controlling their individual monitor and A/V projection. Each monitor also has a built-in computer running the CAEN Lab Software Environment.

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New 34” curved LED monitors introduced on newly-installed CAEN Lab computers

315 new HP Z240 computers have been installed into the following CAEN Labs for start of the Fall 2016 term:

  • Beyster 1620
  • Beyster 1695
  • EECS 1230
  • EECS 4440
  • GFL 224
  • GGBL 2570
  • LBME 1310
  • SRB 2230
  • Duderstadt Center LLC, 2E, 3SW

These computers have the following specifications:

  • Small Form Factor (SFF) design
  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1240v5 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2133 nECC
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro K620 2 GB
  • Disk: 1 TB SSD

In addition, CAEN has deployed limited numbers of Samsung 34” curved LED monitors (model S34E790C) on the new computers installed in GGBL 2570 and EECS 1230.

These monitors offer more screen real estate with a resolution of 3440×1440 (QHD). You are encouraged to try these new monitors and give CAEN feedback on them. If these larger monitors prove useful to students, CAEN will increase the numbers of these units and expand them into other CAEN student computer labs.

For lab changes, the CAEN Lab in GFL 224 is nearing the end of an extensive renovation. It is expected to open later in September. It will be remodeled as a reservable instructional classroom / computer lab. The room will be equipped with 11 desktop computers and 11 55” 4K displays lining the room. When not reserved, the lab will open for general walk-in and collaborative (group) work.


SMART Boards now available in select CAEN Labs

Digital capture whiteboards are now available in the following CAEN student computer labs and learning centers:

  • Beyster 1695
  • G.G. Brown 2570
  • EECS 1222

These particular models (SMART kapp) are on movable carts, and use regular dry erase markers. They were chosen based on their mobility, ease of use, and functionality. They interact with smartphones and other personal devices to share and capture drawings. These whiteboards require electrical power to fully function in case one is relocated within the room.

More information on using these digital capture whiteboards can be found on the CAEN Knowledge Base. This deployment is considered a pilot. If these whiteboards prove useful to students, CAEN will increase the numbers and expand them into other CAEN student computer labs and learning centers.


Saved digital image vs. SMART whiteboard writing


The reservation system for CAEN collaborative stations is expanding

The system for reserving CAEN collaborative stations has expanded to include all collaborative stations installed in CAEN computer labs. This includes the collaborative stations in Beyster 1695, G.G. Brown 2570, GFL 224, and the newly installed stations in EECS 1222. Additional stations in the Duderstadt Center will be coming later this term.


A new CAEN computer lab has opened in G.G. Brown 2517 (replacing G.G. Brown 2304)

The CAEN computer lab in G.G. Brown 2304 was permanently closed on December 21, 2015. A new lab located in G.G Brown 2517 has taken its place.

This new CAEN computer lab is reservable for classes, and open for drop-in use when not reserved for course instruction. This lab offers 46 work areas, each with a computer offering access to the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE).