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General Purpose Classrooms FAQ

General Purpose Classrooms

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 are maintained by Operations Division Planning & Administration. This project would not be possible without vital partnerships with IT Help Central Classroom Technology Services.

GPC Frequently Asked Questions

General

Security/Access

I am teaching in one of the GPCs this term. How do I gain access to the room?

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 ODPA - Facilities Resources. Before each term, ODPA - Events and Instructional Space Management provides the University ID Office with a list of all Instructors of Record scheduled to teach in a GPC which serves as the authorization. If a teaching assistant or other faculty/staff member will need access to assist with class sessions, please email their name, R#, and email address to ODPA - Events & Instructional Space Management for inclusion in the programming.

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 to exchange it for a proximity ID
  • It is free of charge to exchange your ID for a proximity ID
  • 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) to obtain a university ID. Your first ID card is free of charge.
  • Lost and stolen ID cards can be replaced for a fee as determined by the ID Office.
  • Proper picture ID is required to obtain/replace a Tech ID

Questions regarding University ID Cards:

University ID Office
Student Union Building
Room 103
806-742-1457
www.depts.ttu.edu/unvid/
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

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 ODPA - Facilities Resources. ODPA - Facilities Resources 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.

I have a guest lecturer for one of my classes. How do they gain access to a GPC?

For guest lecturers, please email their name and email address to the ODPA - Events & Instructional Space Management confirming they are a guest lecturer for your class. They will need to come to the ODPA - Events & Instructional Space Management office in the Physical Plant to pick up a temporary access card for access.

I have scheduled an event in one of the GPCs. How do I gain access to the room?

This information is included in the event confirmation received by the event requestor. Temporary access cards are issued by ODPA - Events & Instructional Space Management, therefore you will need to visit the ODPA - Events & Instructional Space Management 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. ODPA - Facilities Resources is currently located in the Physical Plant building in suite 120. Please be sure to bring proper identification (Tech ID, state driver’s license or identification card) when checking out an access card.

Maintenance/Supplies

Who supplies the dry erase markers for the GPCs?

Dry erase markers are supplied by ODPA -Events & Instructional Space Management and are checked during weekly room audits. Markers that are no longer working should be left in the room. This will allow ODPA -Events & Instructional Space Management to track usage for inventory purposes. Markers will be properly discarded by EISM staff after audits are complete.

Who do I contact for physical issues in the GPCs?

You can contact the ODPA -Events & Instructional Space Management at 742-5365 and we will be happy to discuss any concerns and/or submit work orders.

What do I do if a bulb burns out in the ceiling-mounted projector?

Please contact Classroom Technology Services (CTS) at (806) 742-5381 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

Project Management

How were the rooms chosen to be renovated into GPCs?

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 ODPA for analysis.

Will there be more classrooms renovated into GPCs in the future?

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.

Room Information

Which rooms on campus are General Purpose Classrooms (GPCs)?

Agricultural Sciences - 214

Holden Hall

  • Basement - 028, 033, 038
  • First Floor - 104, 106, 109, 111, 127, 128, 130, 152, 154, 155
  • Second Floor - 225, 255

Human Sciences - 169 (Technology only; room has not been renovated), 273

Mathematics - 012, 108

Science - 112

Media and Communication

  • Basement - 053, 055, 057, 067, 075, 080, 082, 083, 084
  • First Floor - 153, 155, 157, 166, 168
  • Second Floor - 253, 255, 257, 266, 268, 270, 281
  • Third Floor - 353, 359

What are the room capacities and features of each GPC?

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. In the Rooms list, filter by "Campus: TLB" and "Region: GPC" to see a list of all the rooms. Hover over the information card icon next to the room number to see a quick view of a picture and features. Click on the room number to view full details about the room.

Room Scheduling

How do I schedule a GPC for my class?

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:

How do I reserve a GPC for an event?

Go to Ad Astra Scheduling, 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 here.  If you need additional assistance with event scheduling, please call ODPA -Events & Instructional Space Management at 742-5262.

ADA Accessibility

Can the ADA accessible table be used as an instructor table?

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 ODPA - Events & Instructional Space Management at 742-5365 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.

Technology

How do I use technology in the GPCs?

A copy of the instructions can be found in the lectern drawer of each classroom. Additional copies are available using the links below.

If you have any questions or concerns about using the technology, please contact Classroom Technology Services (CTS) at (806) 742-5381 or at ctsstaff.ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Are there technology trainings available for GPCs?

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. Those who are not able to attend the training session or who have an event scheduled in a GPC, maycontact Classroom Technology Services (CTS) at (806)742-5381 or ctsstaff.ithelpcentral@ttu.edu to schedule training.

What if I have issues with the technology during class?

Please call Classroom Technology Services (CTS) immediately at (806)742-5381 and someone will assist you as quickly as possible either over the phone or in person to minimize loss of class time.

Events: 742-5262
Operations.Events@ttu.edu

Physical Plant Building
3122 Main Street
Lubbock, TX 79409

  • Mail Stop: 5091
  • Box: 45091
  • Phone: (806) 742-2102
  • Fax: (806) 742-4279

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Staff Information

Contact

Operations Division: Planning and Administration