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ERIC Number: ED348949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-1
Reference Count: 0
Supporting Faculty with Media Equipped Classrooms: Considerations for Design and Implementation.
Anderson, James A.
This paper gives an overview of the Media Equipped Classroom (MEC) program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1988 a study was undertaken to explore alternate ways of providing media equipment services to classrooms at the university. The traditional (current) model of delivery and set-up of audiovisual equipment, relying upon individual requests of faculty, was recognized to be labor intensive and no longer efficient or effective, given the large volume of work orders processed every year. A task force was established to plan to permanently install media equipment into approximately 50 centrally scheduled classrooms and lecture halls over the next 3-5 years as a means of eliminating some of the problems and inefficiencies of the existing model. Topics covered in this paper include the rationale for change; standards for student viewing; the MEC model; basic equipment needs; security, voice, and data considerations; MEC cabinet design; faculty input and acceptance; Phase I of the MEC program; and an evaluation of the three classrooms set up in Phase I. Specific criteria used in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of Phase I are included. Drawings and layouts of the classrooms and lecture halls before and after set-up of the MEC, designs of the stacked media cabinets, media control cabinets, and projection pedestals are appended. (ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: State University of New York Buffalo
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Anaheim, CA, January 31-February 4, 1990). For related papers, see ED 346 841 and IR 015 607.