The Information School has four distinct computer lab spaces for student use:
- Computer Classroom in Mary Gates Hall (MGH) 430
- Team Lab and Quiet Study Lab in MGH 440
- Introductory Programming Learning Commons (IPLC) in MGH 334 and 342
The Computer Classroom supports hands-on instruction and allows students the opportunity to engage in participatory learning with technology. The computer classroom includes an instructor station and 41 student computers.
For laptop users, this lab has wireless connectivity and power outlets available at every workstation.
The instructor screen can be projected using a ceiling-mounted LCD projector.
The room is also equipped with an audio system that includes a wireless microphone for the instructor, amplifier, ceiling-mounted speakers, a Blu-ray disc and DVD player, and a VCR. When the room is not reserved for Information School classes, it serves as a general use student computer lab.
The Team Lab has been designed to support student collaboration and group projects. The room includes 16 computers with furniture arranged for group work, 3 flat-panel LCD wall mounted displays, three whiteboards, a small group meeting table and a shared network printer.
Quiet Study Lab
Within the team lab, there is a Quiet Study Lab with 7 computers. This room is for students who wish to work individually on assignments without the distractions of the group setting. No talking is permitted in the Quiet Study Lab. Groups working together should meet in the larger team lab space where talking is permitted.
Each of the computers in the Computer Classroom, Team Lab and Quiet Study Lab is an Apple iMac configured to run Mac OS and a Windows Virtual Machine via the Parallels application.
The IPLC consists of two spaces:
- MGH 334 which includes an instructor station and 35 student computers
- MGH 342 which includes a TA station, 14 student computers, and power outlets for laptops
All of the iSchool computer labs are unlocked and available to the general public from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, outside of these hours and during regular building hours all iSchool students can still access our computer labs (and the iLounge in Mary Gates Hall) by swiping in with their Husky Card.