The faculty computer lab was initially designed to be a place where faculty could go and use the then limited computer resources located on campus to assist in instruction.
It has evolved into a place where faculty can come and learn new skills in a safe supportive environment. Faculty and staff are able to come and get hands on experience with some of the latest software and hardware available. The lab boasts multiple operating systems as well as multiple versions of software found on campus in order to help faculty focus on their needs rather than the need to learn a new version of a software program.
The lab also has a variety of hardware and software that are either specialized or too expensive to allow copies to be placed at every faculty members desk. These specialty pieces allow the faculty to access a needed piece of technology for a specific project without having to worry about purchasing, storage, installation, or upkeep.
The faculty lab focuses on the application of technology to improve teaching and learning. This means that we are charged with training faculty and staff in the use of computer technology for a specific purpose, education. It is well known that there is a big difference between having a resource and being able to apply it well to a specific need. The difference is the trailing and guidance the faculty lab provides in not only how to use technology, but why and when to use technology. Our mission is specifically separate from that of the Information Technology helpdesk but we work closely with this group to provide a seamless application of university technology resources.