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Computer and Instructional Technology Facilities

The College has recently established a new Division for Information Technology, which oversees the development of IT infrastructure and the coordination of IT operations and services across the campus. IT support for students, staff, and faculty is coordinated through the Technology Coordinators in different schools and a College-wide IT support group in the Department of Information Technology Resources (ITR), and provided by a team of computer and network specialists in specialized department labs, school offices, and the centralized ITR facilities.

The Department of Information Technology Resources provides access to centralized computing and related technologies in support of the College's instructional, research, and administrative activities. Lehman's Information Technology Center (ITC) is located on the plaza level of Carman Hall. The facility houses nine PC and Macintosh computer labs for course instructions, an open lab with over 100 computers for student use, shared printing facilities, multimedia meeting or conference rooms, and a help desk. A dedicated faculty development lab, also managed by ITR, is located in the Library.

The entire ITC facility is networked on a high-speed backbone providing access to the Internet and campus network services, including electronic mail, the World Wide Web, and web-based applications, such as the CUNY Portal and its related resources and services; the Blackboard online teaching and learning environment; online course registration; and remote library and specialized departmental resources. Wireless access to the network is also available throughout the campus. The facility supports two-way interactive video distribution. Access from off-campus is available for many of these resources through an Internet service provider.

Facilities for video conferencing and distance learning include a distance learning satellite broadcast and reception studio/classroom under the auspices of HETS (the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System, of which Lehman College is a founding member); a high-speed video distance learning classroom connected to EdNet (part of New York City's institutional network and the three public high schools adjacent to Lehman, and a distance-learning classroom with smart whiteboard presentation and video conferencing capabilities (created under the University's Media Distribution System).

Lehman's role as the central hub of the Bronx Information Network also affords Lehman students an opportunity to take advantage of the resources of other educational, medical, and artistic institutions in the Bronx. A systematic effort is also under way to convert many of lecture halls and classrooms into technology-enhanced or smart classrooms.

ITR makes available specialized equipment for disabled students. All rooms are accessible for persons with disabilities, and specialized hardware and software for visually or hearing-impaired persons are provided. Students and staff may also use the facilities of the Assistive Technology Center, located in the Library.

Other specialized services and facilities include graphic and scanning services and a media conversion lab to assist faculty in developing electronic-based course materials. ITR staff members provide consulting, documentation, technical assistance, and educational services to the Lehman community.

The Media Technology Group of ITR, also housed in Carman Hall, provides equipment and technical aids for the production of media presentations using photography, graphics, films, and slides. A multimedia technology center offers video and multimedia facilities designed to augment traditional audiovisual services.

In addition to the centralized facilities, individual academic divisions or departments operate computer labs to support discipline-specific applications, such as a graphics-based computer lab and a 3-D printing facility in the Department of Anthropology; three Computer Graphics and Imaging Labs in the Department of Art; a cutting-edge Laboratory of Geographic Information Technologies in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences; a multimedia language laboratory in the Department of Languages and Literatures; multiple facilities for radio, television, and film productions in the Department of Journalism, Communication, and Theatre; and specialized computer labs in the School of Education, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, Nursing, Sociology, and Social Work. The Library, the Academic Support Center, the Science Learning Center, the CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Lehman, and the Student Leader Computer Center also have significant computer resources available.

Students may request information about IT resources and services, including ITC hours of operation and technical assistance, by phoning 718-960-7333, sending an e-mail to helpdesk@lehman.cuny.edu, or visiting the ITR Open Center (Carman Hall, Room 111) or the ITR website at www.lehman.edu/itr.

Last modified: 9/3/2014