Summer Upgrades to University Labs and Classrooms

Summer Upgrades 2019
August 16, 2019

Find out what to expect in labs and classrooms when the new semester starts

IST is hard at work making the university ready for the next school year! Over the summer months, you might have noticed IST performing upgrades to select university lab and classroom technology. These upgrades include new software, new hardware, and improved A/V technology.

Here’s a list of the changes you can expect to see in time for the Fall 2019 semester:

Updates to Classroom Podium Computers

IST will be updating the technology in various classrooms throughout the summer. In most locations, IST will upgrade the podium computer to current technological standards. In other locations, the audio/visual and projection technology will be updated. 

Updates to Classroom A/V Technology

IST has identified the following classroom hardware upgrades and organized them by priority. The proposed changes include hardware technology upgrades to each identified room, including visual display projection, associated sound hardware and PC hardware.

The current proposed list of classrooms to be upgraded includes:

  • 8 theatre rooms in CCIS: L1-430, L1-440, L1-160, L1-140, 1-140, 1-160, L2-190, L2-200 
  • 6 classrooms in Humanities: 2-22, 2-30, 2-14, 2-26, 2-42, 2-34

Updates to Hardware

IST will be updating the PC hardware in the following central computer labs to thin client technology:

  • ECHA L1-250 
  • ECHA L1-270 
  • ECHA L1-350 

CCID Authentication

As of August 12, CCID authentication will be implemented for the remainder of centrally scheduled classrooms on campus. CCID authentication is already deployed in classrooms using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Therefore, this change will largely impact instructors teaching in Arts, Humanities, Tory, ECHA, Katz, and Clinical Sciences. All users will be required to log in using their CCID and password to use the classroom computer regardless of the deployed desktop technology. The use of CCID authentication reduces the risk of abuse or misuse of university technology resources.