IDT Classroom Support Policies

Academic Information Service's Instructional Design and Technology supports teaching and learning in online and classroom-based environments by providing resources, tools, and services that enable faculty to innovatively use technology to deliver and enhance pedagogically sound courses.

Instructional Design and Technology, a unit of AIS, helps achieve this mission by providing instructional equipment and support services for classroom instruction, by providing access to and distribution of instructional materials, and by working to improve classrooms to make them more conducive to learning.

Equipment

DIVISION:  Academic Information Services

UNIT:  Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

DATE:  25 September 2009

PURPOSE:  To inform the public of policies related to the instructional equipment provided by Instructional Design and Technology (IDT).

APPLICABILITY:  NMU faculty and students

POLICY:

On Campus Instructional Spaces:

IDT provides instructional equipment and support services to all on-campus instructional spaces.  Instructional spaces include labs, lecture halls, distance learning, and general purpose classrooms.  All instructional spaces provide wireless internet access, a transparency overhead projector and at least one pull-down screen.  All lecture halls are equipped for sound amplification.  Any other equipment needed in an on-campus instructional space will be delivered when scheduled with IDT.  All reservations must include a course ID number.  If the booked equipment is for recording, instructors must supply their own blank media.  Instructors not familiar with the operation of equipment supplied with a room should schedule an appointment with IDT staff outside the scheduled class time in order to learn how to properly use the equipment.

IDT supplies and supports installed instructional equipment in all on-campus general purpose classrooms and department shared spaces, i.e., spaces normally scheduled for class meetings by Registrar.  The complete list of supported instructional technologies can be found by clicking on the link called " Search for NMU Classroom & Lab Equipment and Furnishings " on the IDT homepage.

Because of their particular vulnerability to theft, portable video recorders require special precautions.  Normally, an IDT student assistant will arrive at least five minutes before the scheduled end of the session to pick up the equipment.  If the recording session ends earlier than scheduled, the video recorder must not be left unattended at the end of class.  IDT should be notified.  If the faculty member does not want to wait for the IDT pick-up, he/she may return the video recorder directly to the IDT office with a half hour of the scheduled end of the class.  Faculty may also make arrangements ahead of time to pick up and return the camcorder directly from / to the IDT office, again within half an hour of the scheduled class time.

Off-campus instructional spaces:

Off-campus instructional spaces and extension sites contain no standard instructional equipment supported or supplied by IDT.  After completing a loan form, an instructor may borrow some types of equipment from the IDT office (LRC 112) to use in an off-campus classroom. The faculty member is responsible for IDT equipment charged in his/her name.  IDT does not provide support personnel and delivery of equipment to off-campus classrooms.  The instructor must pick up equipment at the IDT office during service hours. The faculty member is responsible for operation of the equipment in the off-campus classroom; therefore it is recommended that an appointment be made with IDT staff prior to the use date to be shown how the equipment is used.  Equipment should be returned to the IDT office.  Equipment can also be delivered to and picked up from the instructor's on-campus office if arrangements are made.

Assistance

DIVISION:  Academic Information Services

UNIT:  Instructional Design and Technology (IDT): Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

DATE:  24 May 2006

PURPOSE:  To state the provisions for assistance provided by IDT staff.

APPLICABILITY:  NMU faculty and students

POLICY: 

To instructors and students:

IDT staff will deliver reserved equipment and/or materials to NMU on-campus instructional spaces.

IDT staff will provide personal instruction about how to operate installed and/or portable IDT equipment, including instruction in how to record classroom presentations using a camcorder.  If a complex, or unfamiliar, set-up is required, IDT recommends that an appointment be made before the presentation date to test the equipment in the classroom. 

IDT assistance related to laptop computers is limited to projecting sound and image from NMU laptops through IDT equipment.  The Help Desk at Academic Computing provides assistance related to the use of laptop software and hardware.

Any problems or questions about instructional environments can be directed to IDT.  The online link from the IDT homepage is a recommended method of communicating problems with instructional equipment and furnishings.

To academic departments:

IDT staff will transport University-tagged departmental equipment requiring repair to and from Electronic Maintenance.  Repair costs will be charged to the department by the Engineering Department of the Learning Resources Division.

Furnishings

DIVISION:  Academic Information Services

UNIT:  Instructional Design and Technology (IDT): Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

DATE:  24 May 2006

PURPOSE:  To state the provisions for furnishings for instructional spaces.

APPLICABILITY:  NMU faculty and students

POLICY:  Instructors and students can report problems with instructional furnishings.  The link from the IDT homepage called "report problems with classroom equipment and furnishings" is a preferred means of communicating problems with furnishings.  IDT staff will forward the complaints to the appropriate individuals in Facilities.

The purchase of new furnishings is basically done on an "as needed" basis and within budgetary constraints in conjunction with Purchasing .  Suggestions for future purchases are always welcome.

REFERENCES:  AIS Academic Computing Policies, Olson Library Circulation Policies

CONTACT:  Director of IDT, IDT Supervisors