Information Technology Services

Rooms for Improvement

In support of three goals from the SJSU Strategic Plan: Vision 2017 - Agility through Technology, Unbounded Learning, and 21st Century Learning Spaces; the Next Gen Technology Project has delivered five Next Generation Learning Spaces for use for Spring 2013 instruction.

Through a collaborative effort with ITS, Academic Technology, FD&O, and vendor resources, the project team designed and installed upgrades to existing classrooms to support the instruction that integrates technology components to provide instructors with high definition audio/visual, recording, and communication resources to allow delivery of instructional content. This content can be viewed real-time in the learning space and remotely via WebEx or telepresence video sessions and also recorded for later review via the new SJSU VideoShare System, a campus private YouTube-type system for sharing video content built on Cisco video technology.

The five Next Generation Learning Spaces that were enhanced for Spring 2013 were:

Morris Dailey Auditorium 850 Seat Auditorium
Clark 238 44 Seat Classroom
Sweeney Hall 435 50 Seat Classroom
Dwight Bentel Hall 225 50 Seat Classroom
MacQuarrie Hall 526 20 Seat Classroom
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Plans for enhancement of additional lecture capture learning spaces to be completed during Summer 2013 include:

Science 142 250 Seat Auditorium
Washington Square 109 200 Seat Auditorium
Engineering 189 150 Seat Auditorium
Moss Landing Marine Lab 109 30 Seat Classroom

Collaborative Learning Space

The Next Gen Technology Project is also looking to provide enhancements and deliver 5 additional learning spaces in Summer 2013 that match technology to collaborative learning methods. This teaching style has most of the delivery of instructional content delivered outside of class and focuses class sessions on group interaction with instructor facilitation. A blend of specialized furniture and audio/visual equipment networked in the space can provide for effective collaboration of individual group activities with presentation to the entire class. Selection of the classrooms targeted for these enhancements is underway.

The Clark 118 Training Room is equipped with Next Generation technology and is being used for learning about the enhanced technologies in the Next Generation Learning Spaces. Academic Technology is preparing training materials and workshops to provide instruction on usage of these technologies. We invite you to visit Next Generation Learning Spaces to learn more.

Wireless Access Points Design

Wireless Wherever

The Next Gen Technology Project has the goal to increase the coverage and capacity of the campus wireless network to make wireless wherever a reality. This will involve conversion of the current wireless network to Cisco technology and installing nearly 4 times the number of wireless access points (WAP) that are currently deployed. A WAP is the receiver that communicates with the wireless transmitters in mobile devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones to provide network connectivity to campus and internet resources.

The first step in the process was to complete wireless coverage assessments in 42 campus buildings on the main campus, south campus, and remote locations such as Moss Landing Marine Labs, 210 4th Street, and Reed Hillview Aviation. Engineering teams performed wireless radio measurements in each room of each building and used the results to determine the optimal location for wireless access points to be placed.

The assessment process provided the design for the new wireless network and ITS has been installing network cabling to the new WAP locations. Work on this phase of the process will continue through Spring.

The next step, which is in the testing phase, is to enable the Cisco core wireless network technology to communicate to the WAPS and authenticate users for controlled access.  

Once this is completed, we can begin the conversion to the new wireless network which is scheduled for later this Spring. Because the conversion will involve outages, the work will be scheduled during off-hours, on a building-by building basis in coordination with building occupants.

More project information and the latest updates is available at Wireless Network Expansion.

Campus Online Directory Gets Refreshed

The basic functionality of finding SJSU employee phone numbers, email addresses and location is available online at the San José State University Directory. Improvements have been made including:

  • Search finds results based on "contains" instead of "starts with" criteria
  • Search result set is sorted alphabetically in order of last name, first name
  • Phone numbers are displayed in a 9 digit format