The Center provides a wide array of facilities and portable equipment to facilitate the use of technology in the classroom. We offer instructor training and classroom demonstrations on a wide variety of topics, including the use of our digital language lab. EGARC is also available to consult on all technology questions within the Humanities, ranging from advice on the best DVD player to installation of foreign language support to the infrastructure of a large-scale research project. Depending on the scope and complexity of the project, we may be able to provide direct assistance or to facilitate work with other units on campus.
The Learning Commons (4070 Wescoe) is the unit's "front door" where patrons come to check out videos and equipment, to ask questions and to make requests. It is also the heart of the unit, an active learning space designed to facilitate both individual and group work with technology. The space provides access to four computer workstations with pdf form-feed scanners, four video viewing stations, a collaborative work space with extensive whiteboard space and a social conversation area with seating for eight.
There is also a drop box to the right of the door to 4070 Wescoe to return materials when EGARC is closed.
The Frank Bangs Memorial Computer Classroom (4066 Wescoe) is a dedicated teaching classroom assigned to instructors for the entire semester. The room contains 24 student computers, each of which is equipped with a headphone/microphone unit to facilitate the creation and use of digital content. Running along the front wall is a white board and in the front right corner is a media cabinet with the instructor computer and a multistandard VCR/DVD player. The instructor also has access to a visual presenter for printed material, slides and film negatives. The wheeled chairs, open spaces between rows and white boards included at the back of the room all help to facilitate work in small groups.
The Digital Language Classroom (4068 Wescoe) is both a computer lab and a video-viewing area. The computer lab consists of 24 student carrels and an instructor console, which includes a multi-standard VCR/DVD player, a visual presenter and a computer which can be used for playing digital audio and video. The lab features the Sony Soloist and Sony Virtuoso programs, a fully-digital VOIP system that allow the instructor to monitor and speak to individual students, pair two or more students together (and monitor and speak to the groups), speak to all students at one time, create two different groups using different media sources, and record student voices. Instructors can even lock the student decks and control all of the stations from the console. This setup is optimal for administering listening and speaking tests to large groups.
The EGARC Computer Lab (4074 Wescoe) consists of 31 computers, including an instructor station with its own computer and a visual presenter, both of which are connected to an overhead LCD projector for display to the class. Using the attached headphones with built-in microphones students can use the lab to listen to foreign language textbook supplements from our digital library, watch DVDs, and record their voices digitally for class assignments. In addition to the standard Office 2010 installation (Word, PowerPoint and Excel), the room provides access to MultiSpeech, SPSS and a variety of multimedia programs. Although this room is primarily a open computer lab, it can be reserved for individual class sessions in which students will be working on computer-based projects.
The EGARC Conference Room (4038 Wescoe) is specially designed for class meetings, presentations and conferences for twelve or fewer people. The room is equipped with a multi-standard VCR/DVD, a computer, and an LCD projector that projects all video signals to a large screen at the front of the room. The room is also equipped with a video conferencing system. This system can be used to have a guest lecturer speak to your class (while remaining at his/her home institution), to facilitiate discussions with students from another school about course readings or world events, to conduct interviews with off-campus job candidates or to allow members of MA/PhD exam or dissertation committees to participate from off-campus. Use of the video conferencing system requires consultation with a member of EGARC's staff to determine the validity and efficacy of the planned use.
The Faculty Work Area (4069 Wescoe) provides faculty access to a wide variety of technology for multimedia creation. The three-position station includes flat-bed and slide scanners, as well as access to Adobe Photoshop for the digital manipulation of images. It includes two pdf form-feed scanners that can process 40 double-sided pages per minute and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, which allows faculty to create editable text from any scanned document. Faculty can digitize audio from reel-to-reel, LP records and cassettes and can digitize video from u-matic, laserdisc, VHS and DVD. All of these digitized files can be edited and burned to CD or DVD, put into BlackBoard, or put on the web for download or in streaming format. Faculty can also use this area to preview videos for classroom use.
The EGARC Sound Booth (4070B Wescoe) is a soundproofed mini-studio designed to create audio supplements for class use. Audio files can be created in either analog (cassette tape) or digital format. Digital files can be edited for content and saved in a variety of formats, including .wav and .mp3. These files can be burned onto CDs, sent by e-mail or uploaded to BlackBoard or the web for student use. The sound booth is the perfect place to record dialogs for language tests, conduct oral interviews or make language supplements for in-class or web-based instruction.