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September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing-Consequences
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

Technology-Enhanced Learning Space in Meyer Library

A typical undergraduate student spends only 15-18 hours a week in the classroom. Far more time is spent in technology spaces such as those in public areas, libraries and residences, where learning, research, and course project collaboration take place. For example, courses in Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and design courses offered by the Center for Design Research (CDR) both require group collaboration and problem solving among student teams. Survey results gathered from the 11,000 residential students also reveal a strong desire for collaborative spaces enhanced by technology designed to further group interaction.

Meyer TeamSpace is located on the first floor of Meyer Library and offers Stanford students the opportunity for increased productivity and collaboration through plug-and-play document and information sharing. The sharing occurs across the users' laptops when connected to the TeamSpace environment along with the ability to open documents on one of two 40" LCD screens. Document editing using the LCD panels is collectively controlled. Stanford's Academic and Residential Computing groups and the Computer Science Department collaborated to bring this research project into production.

What Is It?
Leveraging the work of Stanford's Interactive Workspaces (iRoom) Project (http://iwork.stanford.edu/ ), the Meyer TeamSpace provides a mini-iRoom collaborative workspace located in the southeast corner of the Meyer Library lobby. The Teamspace environment consists of a client application to be installed on the user's laptop, two 40" flat panel displays, a server controlling each panel, a white board, electrical and data connections.

Meyer provides the ideal location for TeamSpace as it is centrally located, hosts a variety of computing resources and offers computing and technical support facilities. TeamSpace is available to all Stanford students and others in the University community on a first-come-first-served basis, with the possibility of establishing a reservation system if demand warrants.

To use the facility, students would perform a one-time single-click installation of the software onto their Windows or Macintosh laptops. Quick-start how-to documentation will be available both on the Academic Computing web site, (http://academiccomputing.stanford.edu/ ) and on the TeamSpace web site. Meyer technical support staff will be trained in basic troubleshooting.

Benefits
Have you found you and your peers huddled around a laptop to share information on a document, only wishing you could easily view and make changes to that document? Studies conducted during the pilot phase of the TeamSpace environment demonstrated how collaborations on programming, document creation and editing, and design can be performed more effectively with the available TeamSpace tools.

The Meyer TeamSpace project provides students with a 24-hour accessible collaborative work environment in a space that accommodates six.

For more information, see the Web at:

http://teamspace.stanford.edu/

You can also contact, Dave Futey, Associate Director of Academic Computing at dfutey@stanford.edu , or Clara Shih at cs1@stanford.edu .