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Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome to fall 2017

The Office of Classroom Management (OCM) welcomes you to the start of fall 2017 semester! 

We have information to share with you about teaching in classrooms, updates about projects we have been working on, and information about a planned, enterprise-wide system maintenance outage happening in September. Please read below for details.

Locate your classroom assignment
Room assignments for fall 2017 are available on the Class Schedule. Please note: room assignments are subject to change prior to the start of term. While this usually only affects a small number of classes, verify your classroom assignment before the first class meeting. If you have specific questions about your room assignment, contact your department scheduling coordinator.

Room Search
The Room Search allows you to view the classroom inventory. You can filter by campus, building, capacity, and/or feature. You can also view room details, including capacities, layout, photos, links to campus maps, and room schedule. Orientation is available upon request for those who want to learn more about the technology features. For any questions, contact OCM Classroom Support.

Classroom technology
The classroom technology instructions provides a list of equipment and additional features as well as a representative image of the instructor station in each classroom.

Class rosters
Access and print your class roster.

ADA table and chairs
All OCM classrooms are equipped with ADA compliant tables and chairs as a standard feature. We work with Disability Resource Center to accommodate student needs and ask for your help in assuring its proper use.

New Study Space website
A new study space website has launched that helps students find places on campus where they can study: studyspace.umn.edu. The site includes images, building features, and locations on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses. Listings include computer labs, coffee shops, and on-campus study spaces for both individuals and groups. The website was a collaborative project between OCM, University Libraries, Student Unions, OIT, AHC Classroom Services, and Facilities Management.

Summer classroom renovations and updates
Several general purpose classrooms received environment or technology updates during the summer, including the following:
  • Magrath 8 has been converted to a testing center and is supported in partnership with the Office of Information Technology (OIT). 
  • McNeal Hall - OCM partnered with the College of Design (CDES) in McNeal 144 and 146 provide two additional Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs), using six-person group tables with student displays. The rooms seat 42 and 30, respectively. 
  • Mondale Hall - Major renovations in 15, 35, 45, 55 and 65 include new furnishings and technology features. 
  • Rapson Hall - An additional partnership with CDES to combine two classrooms into a new 112-seat ALC that will support the unique, collaborative, and team-based structure of the product design program courses. Rapson 56 differs from other ALCs on campus in that the student tables are movable. 
  • Tate Hall - We welcome the reopening of John T. Tate Hall this fall semester. The building will open to the public on September 5th and house 10 general purpose classrooms ranging in capacity from 32 to 250 seats. 
  • Technology feature upgrades were completed in nearly 70 rooms. Specific features are detailed by room on the room search page.
    • Improvements included: wide-screen video projectors, HDMI input cables, and document cameras. Instructor microphones and class capture cameras were also added to select classrooms. 
  • Seating has been replaced in a variety of classrooms as part of planned lifecycle renewal updates. 
Planned system maintenance
An extended planned maintenance window during the weekend of September 23-24 is necessary for the upcoming upgrade of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (Student Records). From Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, students, faculty, and staff will not have access to functions such as registration and grading. Other systems such as email, Moodle, and Canvas will have regular availability.

Contact us
As always, OCM is available to help with questions, concerns, and comments regarding general purpose classrooms, scheduling, and central student study spaces. We are available for calls Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Call Classroom Support Hotline at 612-625-1086
Messages left at the hotline are monitored by an on-call manager after hours
Email classrm@umn.edu

We wish you a great start to the semester!