General Purpose Classrooms
Important Upcoming Dates
- Ad Astra Event Scheduling - Academics Only (201487, 201497, 201527)
Apr 3, 2014
- Advanced Registration (201487, 201497, 201527)
Apr 3, 2014
Efficiency in Remote Management »
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 11:05 am
What is remote management, you ask? Generally speaking, it is a system which allows us manage classrooms offsite allowing for more efficiency in managing the GPC project. Currently, Classroom Technology Services utilizes a system which allows them to view projector bulb hours, turn off projectors, and monitor system and network connections over the internet. The […]
The General Purpose Classrooms are designed to serve the entire TTU campus community by providing a wide range of equipment, technology and resources. These classrooms are centrally scheduled and maintained by the Office of the Provost under the direction of Academic Support & Facilities Resources (ASFR). This project would not be possible without vital partnerships with IT Help Central Classroom Technology Services. Funding for the project has been provided by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.
This initiative began in 2010 and has grown due to its popularity and continued positive feedback from faculty, students and staff. There are a total of 42 GPCs in 6 buildings, spanning the Texas Tech campus: Agricultural Sciences, Holden Hall, Human Sciences, Mathematics, Media and Communication, and Science. As the General Purpose Classroom initiative continues, we look forward to providing additional standardized teaching and learning environments.
- Academic Support & Facilities Resources: (806) 742-3658
- IT Help Central Classroom Technology Support: (806) 834-5252
Frequently Asked Questions
- Project Management
- Room Information
- Room Scheduling
- ADA Accessibility
The GPCs in Media & Communication, as well as HOLDEN 104 and AGRI 214, are unlocked weekdays while classes are in session from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM. For all other GPCs, instructors will use their Tech ID for access. Instructors will need to obtain a proximity card from the University ID Office if they do not already have one (see below information about obtaining/replacing your ID).
The authorization for a proximity card must be provided by ASFR. Before each term, ASFR provides the University ID Office with a list of all Instructor of Records scheduled to teach in a GPC which serves as the authorization. If you have a teaching assistant or other faculty/staff member that will be assisting with class sessions, please email their name, R#, and email address to ASFR.
If you have a Tech ID:
- GPCs have security locks that utilize a proximity card, which is incorporated into your Tech ID. If you have a proximity ID, there will be a blue HID logo on the back of your card.
- If you do not already have a proximity ID card, please take your current ID card to the University ID Office in the Student Union Building (room 103) and request they exchange it for a proximity ID
- It is free of charge to exchange your ID for a proximity ID
- You must of a proximity ID to obtain access to these classrooms
- Proper picture ID is required to obtain/exchange a Tech ID
If you DO NOT have a Tech ID
- Please go to the ID Office in the Student Union Building (room 103). Your first ID card is free of charge.
- If you have lost your ID, you can receive a replacement ID card for a fee
- Proper picture ID is required to obtain/replace a Tech ID
- Since you do not have an ID, please let the ID office know you need a proximity ID card. This will save you a future trip to the ID office.
Questions regarding University ID Cards:
I am team teaching with another instructor or have a teaching assistant who will need access to a GPC. How do they gain access to the room?
If you have a teaching assistant or other faculty/staff member that will be assisting with class sessions, please email their name, R#, and email address to the ASFR Facilities Resources division. ASFR will provide authorization for them to obtain a proximity ID card. Please refer to the FAQ above for additional information about obtaining a proximity ID card.
For guest lecturers, please email their name and email address to the ASFR Facilities Resources division confirming they are a guest lecturer for your class. They will need to come to the ASFR office in Administration Suite 005 to check out a temporary access card.
I teach on the 2nd or 3rd floor of the Media and Communication building and need access to the elevator for these floors. Who do I contact for access?
Please send an email to the ASFR Facilities Resources division and request access to the elevator. A form must be completed and signed by an authorized signer from ASFR. Once completed, if you do not have an ID card, you will take the form to the University ID Office and request a proximity card. If you have a proximity ID, the form will be sent directly to TTU Police Department for your proximity IT card to be activated for the elevator. Please submit your request at least a week in advance, when possible, to allow time for processing.
This information is included in the event confirmation received by the event requestor. Temporary access cards are issued by ASFR, therefore you will need to visit the ASFR office in order to check out one of these cards. Access cards can be checked out the day of your event (or the day prior for weekend events), and need to be returned the next business day. ASFR is currently located in the East basement of the Administration building in Suite 5. Please be sure to bring proper identification (Tech ID, state driver’s license or identification card) when checking out an access card.
Dry erase markers are supplied by ASFR and are checked during weekly room audits. Markers that are no longer working should be left in the room. This will allow ASFR to track usage for inventory purposes. They will dispose of them after audits are complete.
You can contact the ASFR Facilities Resources division at 834-5271 and we will be happy to discuss any concerns and/or submit work orders.
Please contact Classroom Technology Services (CTS) at 834-5252 immediately after detection messages are displayed so arrangements can be made to have the bulb replaced. Please keep in mind that it could take several days to replace if a bulb is not readily available and has to be ordered
A space analysis was completed for all Classrooms (110) and Meeting Rooms (680) on campus. This analysis included condition scores, utilization scores, location, and use by the home department. Upon review, rooms were chosen which were in poor condition but could potentially be utilized by multiple departments on campus. If you would like to see a room become a GPC, please submit information about the classroom and the department currently managing the classroom to ASFR for analysis.
The GPC team is always looking for ways to improve the learning facilities on campus. The mission of the project is to provide the TTU community with up-to-date, standardized learning spaces to evoke positive learning outcomes.
Agricultural Sciences - 214
Human Sciences - 169 (Technology only; room has not been renovated), 273
Mathematics - 012, 108
Science - 112
Media and Communication
This information can be found under the resources tab in Ad Astra. Anyone with a valid eRaider username/password has guest access (at a minimum) to the system. You can filter by "Campus: TLB" and "Region: GPC" to see a list of all the rooms. If you hover the information card icon next to the room number, you can see a quick view of a picture and features. If you click on the room number, you will be redirected to full details about the room. For detailed instructions, please refer to the "How Do I look Up Room Capacity & Details" FAQ on Academic Support website.
Please contact your department’s collaborative academic scheduler or scheduling point of contact and they can request the space for your section. In order for sections to be scheduled in GPCs, they must meet the following criteria:
- Space Usage Efficiency (SUE): 65% Fill
- Credit bearing sections are scheduled before other activities.
- Section must meet on standard time patterns (refer to OP 61.23 for additional information)
Go to http://academicscheduling.ttu.edu/Astra_Schedule, click on the Events tab and then click on Event Request to begin using the event request forms. Anyone with a valid eRaider login and password can gain access to this system. Detailed instructions on how to request an event can be found under Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/asfr/escheduling/. Detailed instructions on how to navigate through the system can be found at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/asfr/acadsupp/. If you need additional assistance, please call ASFR at 742-3658.
No. This table must be readily available for disabled students to use and should not be used as an instructor table.
Who do I contact if there is an accommodation needed for an instructor or student with a disability?
Please contact the ASFR Facilities Resources division at 834-5271 and we will be happy to assist the instructor or student.
I am hearing impaired and attending class or an event in a GPC. Are there assistive listening devices available?
Yes, assistive listening devices are available in the majority of GPCs. The following rooms are equipped with this technology - Agricultural Sciences 214, Holden Hall 033, 038, 104, 155, 225 and all GPCs in Media and Communication.
There is a copy of the instructions in the lectern drawer of each classroom. However, you can print your own copy by clicking on the appropriate link below.
- Instructions for AGRI 214
- Instructions for HUMSCI 169
- Instructions for HUMSCI 273, HOLDEN 152, MATH 012, MATH 108, & SCIENC 112.
- Instructions for HOLDEN 104
- Instructions for HOLDEN GPCs (except 104 or 152- see above) or any GPC in Media & Communication in the basement or 2nd floor.
- Instructions for any GPCs in Media and Communication on the 1st or 3rd floors.
If you have any questions or concerns about using the technology, please contact Classroom Technology Services (CTS) at 834-5252 or at email@example.com.
Yes! Trainings are scheduled before the beginning of the term and the instructor of record will receive a meeting request with the date, time and location. If you are not able to attend the training session or have an event scheduled in a GPC, please contact Classroom Technology Services (CTS) at 834-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule training.
Please call Classroom Technology Services (CTS) immediately at 834-5252 and someone will assist you as quickly as possible either over the phone or in person to minimize loss of class time.
Do the GPCs have VCRs so I can play VHS tapes during class? If not, what are my options to play a VHS?
The GPCs are not equipped with a VCR, however all GPC classrooms have DVD or Blu-Ray players that are included in the instructor computer or lectern.
If you would like to show contents of a VHS during class, please refer to the options below.
- If your department has a TV/VCR combo that you can check out, you are welcome to bring that to class; however, that cart &/or equipment cannot be left in the room after your class is over. You will need to bring it with you for each class period that you require that equipment.
- You can convert VHS tapes to DVD at the Digital Media Studio (DMS), which can be found on the 2nd floor of the Library. Below is some additional information about the conversion process at the DMS:
- They have step-by-step instructions to walk you through the conversion process.
- They have staff on hand that can assist you.
- The conversion from VHS to DVD takes twice as long as the length of the video.
- You can convert copyrighted materials as long as you purchased the original VHS.
- You have to bring your own blank DVDs.
- There is no cost to use the conversion system.
- You have to have a valid eRaider to login to access the software.
- Contact Information:
Digital Media Studio
Location: 2nd floor of Library
Direct Line: 806-742-2245
Hours of Operation: Same as Library