What is TECI?
You may have heard or seen the name TECI around campus, but many people don’t know what it means. TECI stands for Technology Enhanced Classroom Initiative, a program funded annually by the office of the President that helps create and maintain classrooms that are equipped with the latest educational technology. The classrooms maintained by this program are available for scheduling via the Registrar’s office.
What’s in a TECI Room?
You may be wondering, what exactly constitutes a TECI room? At the most basic level, a TECI room has a computer with internet access and a public display that can show the content from this computer, or from a personal laptop. There are three basic classifications for TECI rooms that can give you a better idea of exactly what is available:
TECI Room Classifications
In the first class, called “Tier 1” or “TECI 1”, you’ll encounter a small lectern with an interactive pen display and inputs for a personal laptop. These rooms come with a projector and screen for public viewing, and have been around the longest.
“Tier 2” or “TECI-2” are also referred to as “TECI Video Conference Rooms”, and are set up with a computer that connects to either a projector or large-screen monitor. They also come equipped with a Polycom Video Conferencing System, designed for distance learning. These rooms also have wireless access points and network jacks for guest PC connections.
“Tier 3” or “TECI 3” classrooms are the most recent additions, and are also referred to as “TECI Collaboration Rooms”. Typically these rooms come with a computer that connects to two wide-screen LCD displays mounted on either side of a whiteboard – there are some exceptions, most notably in rooms that have tiered floors, where a projector is used instead of the LCD displays. Most of the rooms have a 24-inch wide-screen interactive pen display, a webcam, and microphone so you can use them with Distance Learning, Wimba, or Blackboard Collaborate. The rooms in this classification that don’t have tiered floors are equipped with movable chairs that facilitate group work and collaboration, and the newest of the rooms have an extra wide lectern that can be raised and lowered to suit your need.