Services for Students and Instructors
Quick Reference Information
Access: Labs and AccountsOn all campuses, OIT operates various computing labs containing Macintosh and Windows 2000 microcomputers and Unix systems (Xterminals or Suns). These labs are open most hours during the week so that individuals can access instructional software & materials and communicate with the academic community. All labs have printers which students use to get copies of on-line materials offered by instructors and to finalize assignments for submission. Color printing is available at some of the labs.
Students and Instructors need accounts to use the micros in the OIT labs and to access the main system services (such as email). These accounts are self-created by following an on-line procedure. Guest accounts for visiting faculty, students and others needing access to our various services can be made on request.
Teaching LabsIn addition to the general student labs just described, there are a set of teaching labs (referred to in New Brunswick as "Instructional Microlabs, or IML's). These labs can be reserved by instructors wanting to give hands-on computer training to students.
The teaching labs web page has more information on these labs, including equipment, location, and procedures for using them.
These classrooms and lecture halls around Rutgers have special multimedia podiums in them to which a laptop can be connected and displayed through projection equipment to the screen at the front of the room. This is an ideal way for an instructor to utilize a computer as a tool to give a lesson.
Access: UnixWhile much of our instructional work is done using these lab systems, there are also some tasks for which a larger computer makes sense. Thus OIT supplies a set of large Sun Unix servers, which any student can use. They use the same accounts as the systems in the labs.
The same computers are used to store email and web pages. So you may be using these computers for mail, even if you do all of your work from you PC. However this section isn't talking about that. It's talking about people who connect to a central machine using a program such as "telnet", and type commands to it interactively (using the Unix shell).
For more information on using these systems, see
Using Unix at Rutgers.
OIT maintains a large set of standard software for all of its
facilities: the PC's and Macintoshes in the public labs, and the
central Unix systems. This includes wordprocessing, spreadsheet &
charting, graphics, database, desktop publishing, math and statistical
packages. Please see the Software
web page for more details.
Teacher/student CommunicationOIT provides email software & accounts to facilitate communication between instructors and students. Another option is the creation of mailing lists so an instructor can easily send messages to all students in a course. The RAMS system allows faculty to request a mailing list whose membership is updated automatically based on the official course roster.
Online InformationThe Rutgers University Libraries maintain a large collection of online information, including catalogs, guides to on-line material on the Internet, and on-line journals.
Creating Instructional MaterialOIT has tools, information and courses to assist faculty in creating their own instructional Web Pages . As described in that link, OIT runs web servers on each campus, where faculty can put their web pages. (Further info and other resources.) It maintains a system - WebCT - for the creation of complete on-line course materials. The other two major "course management systems" are also available at Rutgers, although they aren't run by OIT: eCompanion is available through the Office of Continuous Education. Blackboard is available through the Newark campus.
In addition to these course mangaement systems, one OIT facility on Busch - the Digital Media Lab - has advanced hardware and software for anyone interested in developing multimedia instructional material.
Other Instructional Computing Resources Around RutgersThere are other Non-OIT services around Rutgers to assist instructors wanting to use computers for instructional use.
Media Services also maintains a list of useful on-line instructional resources .
RUTV will help instructors who wish to create and even broadcast video presentations. As at the OIT Digital Media lab, computer equipment exists to create and enhance some of the video segments.
The Office of Continuous Education can provide assistance in several areas. This includes use of distance education tools such as video conferencing, and the eCollege and eCompanion systems.
The Instructional Computing Advisory Committees, which determine how which determine how the Computer Fee is utilized, can be contacted by departments wanting funding to create their own "departmental instructional computer labs". OIT can lend some support and advice concerning the installation, development and maintenance of such labs. (See the departmental support for your campus.)
The Teaching Excellence Centers (TEC)are charged with supporting the University's teaching activities. As such, they have training programs to help faculty use instructional technology. There are separate TEC's on each campus: Camden TEC, New Brunswick TEC.
Here are some additional groups on campus that maintain online material that may help faculty in preparing course-related web pages: