Centrally-scheduled classrooms are those rooms managed and scheduled by the Office of the Registrar and coded in KSIS as a centrally-scheduled room.
K-State has more than 131 centrally-scheduled classrooms. Information on the types of classrooms available is listed below.
Types of centrally-scheduled classrooms
There are four types of centrally-scheduled classrooms at K-State: basic, common, expanded, and studio. See the Centrally-scheduled Classrooms (PDF) document for information about the type and capacity of individual centrally-scheduled classrooms at K-State.
These rooms will be equipped with a computer, camera, and microphone for video conferencing. All cabling in place is dedicated to the in-room computer. If the use of a personal laptop is preferred, the user will need to provide video cables for a laptop connection.
Examples: Seaton 162, Willard 115, and Waters 132
Common technology rooms include all equipment found in Basic technology classrooms, plus the addition of a document camera.
Examples: Leasure 010, Cardwell 102, and King 209
In addition to the common technology, these rooms also have one or more of the following additional capabilities: PTZ video cameras, video or audio capturing equipment, or enhanced interactive technologies.
Examples: Waters 231, Justin 109, Leasure 013, and Umberger 105
These rooms have student computer stations and are equipped with hardware and software that is unique to a discipline or related disciplines. Studio classrooms are equipped with either Common or Expanded Technology classroom equipment.
Examples: Dickens 206 and Ackert 219
Maintenance and updates
Classrooms are checked during the week for functionality and environmental issues. Classrooms are also evaluated on a regular schedule for major upgrading.
Changes to the physical and technological infrastructure require lead time for planning, testing, renovation, and other improvements. Faculty and departments who want to pursue incorporating technology into a centrally-managed classroom can complete the Technology Installation Request Form. The request will be placed in a priority list and maintained by the Classroom Planning Committee.
Scheduling of these classrooms is subject to the provision of reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, as determined by the University through an individualized interactive process. The following order of priority defines how classes will be scheduled:
- Priority will be given to classes requiring either the technology or the learning environment.
- Preference will be given to provide for conditions such as use of artifacts that cannot legally be removed from specific buildings, equipment or other items that cannot be safely and/or reasonably moved, IT licensing restrictions, and other such constraints.
- Within groupings of classes requiring the technology or learning environment, larger classes will have preference.
- When classes from various departments have equivalent need for the room, those from the department with previous (historical) "scheduling priority" will be given preference.
Only classes and K-State related events may be scheduled in these rooms, and any deviations shall be approved by the Vice President for University Operations. Requestors must use the Request for University Buildings and Grounds form .
Request for Additional Software
If a department or college purchases and installs equipment and/or software in a centrally-managed classroom, this equipment must meet or exceed standards established by the Classroom Planning Committee. Any approved user having access to the room will be able to use the equipment. Hardware becomes the property of the Division of Information Technology unless other agreements are in place.
Software that is used to display content to or used by students must meet the requirements outlined in Section F, Part 125 of the University Handbook: Course Accessibility Standards Policy.
Faculty needing software installed on the computers in these rooms must have a licensed copy of the software. A minimum of two months' advance notice to the technical support staff, prior to the beginning of a semester, is recommended to install software in a centrally- managed classroom computer or before any hardware is installed in the classroom. This timeframe is required to ensure that the added software or hardware is compatible with existing systems. More leeway may be needed for more complex systems.
All users must be trained prior to using centrally-scheduled classrooms. Personnel from the Division of Information Technology will provide training on the Manhattan campus. K-State Polytechnic and K-State Olathe also have staff available to provide training. Keys to the consoles will be issued only to individuals who have completed the training. Please use the Training Request form to schedule training.
Food and Beverages
To protect the classroom environment, the consumption of food in centrally-managed classrooms is discouraged. Beverages must be in covered, spill-proof containers such as travel mugs or capped bottles. Instructors are responsible for ensuring that their students follow this policy.