Room use

Teaching in CRT 108 and 118
If you would like to use CRT 108 or 118 for a day or for the semester, please see the scheduling page. You should expect to attend a short orientation prior to teaching in the room. If you do teach in one of the rooms for the semester, you should expect to be an active participant in keeping the rooms clean, secure and comfortable places for students to work.

Instructors scheduled to teach for a full semester in 108/118 are ideally issued a key to the room. If you would like to check out a key for the semester, please see L&S IT in Curtin B85.

If your class runs during hours that the 4th floor office is open, you may be expected to check out the room key each day for your class. Note that we currently only have one key for the two rooms.

In 108, the lockbox (or “realty box”) attached to the projector cart houses the projector cart key and the key to the red padlocks on the laptop cart.

If you reserve either room for a drop-in session, you should check out the room key from the front office on the 4th floor of Curtin. Please get the lock code from Trent Hergenrader (wth@uwm.edu) if you will be using the laptop and/or projector cart in 108, or the laptop cart in 118.

Room security
If another class or meeting is scheduled for 108/118 after your class or meeting, please stay in the room to hand it off to the next group. This helps ensure the security of the highly mobile technologies in the rooms. If you can’t stick around, please make sure that the room is empty and that the door is locked and tightly closed.

Laptop carts and laptops
The laptop carts are for secure storage and charging the laptops. In order for the computers to charge, the laptop carts must be plugged into a wall outlet. Laptops not in use should be stored and plugged in for recharging.

108 has 26 13″ MacBook laptops. 118 has 30 Dell Windows OS laptops.

Although the laptops may be used by the group coming in after yours, please allow 5-10 minutes at the end of class for you and your students to replace and plug laptops into the laptop cart. This helps with keeping the batteries charged and with security. Make sure that all laptops are back in the cart before you and your students leave the room.

If you’d like to familiarize yourself with either set of computers, please use the L&S IT instructor laptop loan request form. You can check out a computer that’s exactly like those in CRT 108 or 118 for up to two weeks.

Room setup
108 is furnished with rectangular tables on casters that can be configured as a conference table, in pods, and in individual workspaces. The chairs  are also on casters, making this room easily configurable for seminar-style discussion, working individually or in pairs in a “lab” setup, or lining tables and chairs around the room to leave open space in the middle of the room. There are whiteboards on two walls. 108 also has a wire running around the room along the gap between the wall and ceiling, where you and your students are invited to hang work from your class.

Because of the mobile nature of the furniture, it is possible that the room will not be configured in the way you’d like when your class meets; have your students join you in reconfiguring the room in the way you’d like to use it for your class.

118 currently has less-mobile tables and chairs, although furniture on casters is on order. Please feel free to reconfigure the room as needed, although if you’re going to use the projector, you should note that it is mounted above the door. It’s fixed so that it will project onto the front wall. 118 currently has one wall-mounted chalkboard and one free-standing whiteboard.

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