Supported Technology Fee Action Plans
Titles and Summaries as of 10-1-1996
Compiled by Bill Maki, Special Assistant for Technology
Note: The summaries are grouped according to the technology need areas identified by the 1995-96 Technology Fee Advisory Committee. Some plans span multiple need areas, so assignment of these plans to need areas is somewhat arbitrary.
Technology Need Areas
1. Access to Networks and Infrastructure to Support Access Network Access in the Residence HallsPrakash Mathew/Resident Life, $42,830 plus $27,500 for 1 FTE
The residence hall room connection project will be implemented in two phases.
One data port in each room will be activated in all 12 residence halls by March 31,1997. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) has already proposed a priority list for the order in which the halls will be activated. Thompson Hall is the first hall activated and will be available for student use on October 8, 1996.
Second data port in each room will be activated upon completion of phase one.
Student Laptop Network Access for the Memorial Union
Mark Breitner/Memorial Union, $2,065
Network connections are to be installed in the Memorial Union's Alumni Lounge for students with laptops. ITS Network Services anticipates completed installation by the start of the second semester. Students with laptops will then have access to network services from the study tables in the Alumni Lounge.
Additional Network Data Ports in the Library
Mark England/Library, $2,630
Twenty additional network data ports are to be added in study rooms and adjacent to study carrels in the library. Students will be able to bring portable computers into the library and use these data ports to access campus information resources and resources on the Internet.
No wiring funded by this project has been completed to date, but the library already has 18 data ports in place, and we anticipate that the additional ports will be installed fall semester. All ports should be operational by January 8, 1997.
Servers to Permit Expanded Network Access to Library Databases
Mark England/Library, $8,545
A new LAN server was required and one CD-ROM server needed to be upgraded to permit students in campus computer clusters to access selected library CD-ROM databases.
The LAN server and new Novell software have been purchased and are in operation. The CD-ROM drive tower has been upgraded and rebuilt with new CD-ROM drives. We are currently testing the system and experimenting with various pieces of software. Expanded access to selected databases on the system is now available within the library, and we intend to have selected databases operational outside of the library for the start of the Spring Semester in January, 1997.
Public Workstations for Accessing Networked Information Resources in the NDSU Libraries
Mark England/Library, $36,315
This plan addressed the need for additional student access to the Internet and to campus information resources and services. Thirteen new workstations are to be purchased and installed in public areas of the Libraries. Some of these workstations will provide for walk-up use. All workstations will allow access to campus host computers and provide access to Internet services and library databases and services, such as library catalogs, WWW pages, periodical indexes and databases. Library employees at nearby service desks will be available to provide assistance and point-of-use instruction for students. Laser printers will be networked to these workstations to provide users with free printing.
Thirteen workstations have been purchased. Seven are installed and operational. The remainder will be operational by November 1, 1996. Laser printers have been purchased and are in use. The Libraries continues to work on upgrading existing workstations to the Windows95 operating system and is making other enhancements in the software available on public workstations.
Modem Pool Expansion
Don Peterson/ITS, $30,917
The NDSU modem pool is to be expanded from 126 to 150 lines. The equipment required to expand the modem pool has been delivered. The expanded modem pool will be available to users by October 1, 1996.
NDSU Web Server
Paul Juell/CS, $5,000
A computer has been purchased to be part of a campus world wide web server. This server expands the availability of WWW resources in classes and university materials. This is an essential resource in furthering more integration of the WWW into the classroom. This will allow faculty to increase the amount and kinds of material that students can readily access. The server is also starting the process of allowing students to develop interactive WWW products as part of the classroom experience. The computer should be available late Fall term 1996.
A Student Web Server
David Larson/ACM, $4,259
The new hardware for a Student Web Server has arrived and is in the process of being set up. We hope to switch the ACM web services to this new server within the next 2 to 3 weeks. At that time we will be offering both users and the NDSU community many more services such as shell access for users, a locally available source for LINUX available to everyone, and improved speed and reliability.
ITS has made free black & white laser printing available in all ITS clusters. ITS has purchased 32 laser printers (Apple LaserWriter 16/600PS) and 42 extra toner cartridges. Every cluster now has at least 2 laser printers. Printing software was installed that tells the user which printer their output went to. Signs are posted to easily identify printers and give instructions on "how to print" and "how to add paper or un-jam printers" if ITS employees are not on duty. Signs are also posted warning users not to feed their own paper or transparencies into these new printers. If they purchase low quality transparencies they could melt inside the printer and ruin it. So printing on their own paper, envelopes or transparencies must be done on printers in ITS Operations (IACC room 142). We currently leave extra paper next to the printers and are keeping records monitoring paper/toner/printer use. Every month we will be compiling statistics showing use and abuse so we can keep on top of any problems.
We are concerned about waste, but so far the benefit has been great. One user comment says it best, "Thanks bunches for the new laser printers and the terrific software! - NDSU's technology is superior to any other in the area!"
The library has purchased four HP5N laser printers; one HP1600CM color inkjet printer; and one HP5SiMX laser printer. Two of the four HP5N laser printers (with 500 sheet feeder trays) and the HP5SiMX laser printer are currently in use in the Main Library. The HP1600CM color inkjet printer will be in place in the Main Library this week. Currently, only half of the Main Library's public workstations are networked to the laser printers. The other half should have access to free laser printing by October 4, 1996. We have yet to place the HP5N printers in the Pharmacy Library or the Architecture Library, but we will have these in place by Nov. 1, 1996.
Weible Hall Computer Cluster
Brian Abraham/ITS, $40,490
A new computer cluster is being planned for Weible Hall room 163. The cluster will consist of 9 computers and 2 laser printers. A work request has been submitted to Physical Plant for carpentry, electrical and air conditioning needs. A security camera system is being designed so activity can be monitored and recorded at the Campus Security office. ITS and Residence Life are also working together on getting tables and chairs for the cluster. The target date for opening this cluster is January 1997.
Image Digitizing with Extended Services
Nancy Lilleberg/ITS, $28, 250
Before this project was funded, the only students who could use the Multimedia Center were ones who were employed by instructors to do multimedia projects for the instructor. With funding from this project, the center is available as a specialty cluster to students working on presentations and web projects during the same hours that ACM supports the main clusters.
This project allows the student staff of the Multimedia Center to expand from the equivalent of 1 full-time person to 3 full-time people. Two workstations, a slide scanner, a flatbed scanner, related software and a digital camera will be purchased with the funds. The new hours are: Monday-Thursday 8 am-1 am; Friday 8am-5pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm; Sunday 1 pm-1 am.
Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
Wanda Grindeland/Student Services, $5,000
The $5,000 in student technology fee funds will be used to purchase software and other computer-related products that help students with disabilities learn and take tests using computers. The acquired devices primarily will support the learning needs of students with low vision and learning disabilities. This assistive technology will be available in a privately monitored computer cluster in IACC 150E and in the Disability Services offices in Ceres Hall 212.
To reduce the hassles involved with using technology in the classroom, there should be a central phone number to call to schedule the use of equipment and report problems. Faculty should be able to access a basic set of equipment, no matter where they teach on campus.
This project will centralize such classroom equipment by purchasing, installing and storing a basic multimedia cart in most major classroom buildings. It will provide for the scheduling of the carts from a central phone number, and it will provide funds for student assistants to set up the equipment at the beginning of class and to store the cart at the end of the class. Each cart will contain at least adequate projection, sound, a VCR, and support for connection to a laptop computer. The project also increases the Multimedia technician from half-time to full-time to support the additional responsibilities.
ITS has hired three students to work in the following areas: Windows (including Win 3.1 and Win95), Macintosh, and Architecture. These students are working and handle any problems or requests from Brian Abraham or myself.
Technology Fee Enhancements for the NDSU ACM Computer Consultants Program
Donovan Kruger/ACM, $27,188
The Technology Fee provides an opportunity for students to reap the benefits of technology at NDSU, and the ACM Computer Consultants Program (ACMCO) is a very student-interactive funding option for the use of this fee. The funds subsidized by the Technology Fee will be used throughout the 1996-1997 fiscal year to provide funding of four major enhancements to ACMCO: competitive wages; increased person-hours; an additional administrative position; and employee training. These enhancements have been planned to provide not only short term results, but long-term effects as well. Since the Technology Fee is money paid by NDSU students, ACMCO is a terrific way for these students to receive an effective and efficient return on their investment.