It’s not always necessary to reserve a special computer lab when you want to integrate computer activities into your course. Traditional computer labs have fixed seating and aren’t well-suited to group work or discussion; students are hidden behind large screens.
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With a little preparation, you can conduct most computer-based activities in a regular classroom. This is especially true if students only need a web browser or word processor to do their work.
- Over 90% of Penn undergraduates have a laptop computer. If you want them to bring their computers to class, just ask them to do so. Many classes already take this approach and find that it works well.
- Almost every classroom at Penn has good wireless networking coverage.
- Many seminar style rooms now have electric outlets built into the tables. Multi-Media Services can provide outlet strips and extension cords as needed.
- SAS Computing staff may be able to provide support for activities that require special configuration on student computers.
Please contact SAS Computing Multi-Media Services for more information about how to integrate computing activities into your classroom. Send mail to mms-help [at] sas.upenn.edu or call 215-898-4947.
If you need to use the special software that's only available in our computer labs, please use our computer lab request form.