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  • DoIIIT formed about 5 years ago, taking existing academic support offices and putting them together for the first time. These offices had been completely separate prior to this re-org. Since came from existing units, they were focused on specific facilities
  • Organized by facility Can see that labs and classrooms had about same number of classified staffing. Labs were used both a teaching spaces and open labs.
  • New positions obtained for Innovation to support technology in that building Staffing analysis that looked at operations and support needs to maintain current service levels. Indicated the need for 10 new positions. We did 3 scenarios, with reductions in staffing and subsequent decommissioning of instructional spaces that would be required. New positions for Smarts to keep as many electronically-enhanced rooms as possible outside Innovation Customers had a great deal of difficulty navigating through the offices. In order to get equipment they needed, or software loaded they had to talk to a variety of offices within CT. Might have to talk to three different offices to get what they needed if teaching in 3 different places. Main focus was on “one stop shopping” to eliminate the confusion and provide a front door to CT that they could call for anything they needed.
  • Function rather than facility. Each unit has many of the same responsibilities all handle reservations all support events all manage inventory most do computer repair most do computer imaging most do server admin most manage software installation Object of re-org is consolidate our efforts to create greater efficiencies, for customers too. Consolidation of duties across CT. New groups being created from existing staff as well as additional positions. New organizational roles
  • Reflects the new groups Point out where the new groups go VTC Coord works closely with admin and academic departments to integrate vtc technology into courses and departmental activities. Will be responsible for developing vtc initiatives and establishing a training program for staff. Will train faculty in the use of vtc technology. VTC technicians who will handle technical support of vtc equipment are actually located in the technical support offices. New Senior Manager roles, new to the organization. They manage operations and participate in strategic planning and service coordination across the department. Mention groups in EC and Distributed.
  • New approach within DoIT—shared positions. Shared between Classroom Computing and LAN. Looking at sharing a position between EC and Support Center. May share a position between EC and Field Service.
  • Will handle computers wherever they are: classrooms, labs or check-out laptops and PCs. This includes imaging, software management, etc. 1 st level computer troubleshooting and repair
  • Projectors, control systems, sound systems, touch panels, etc. New video conf tech absorbed into this group Will coordinate with service vendor for IH
  • This person responsible for wage management and training, scheduling and the operations of the labs in IH and JC. The labs have by far the largest group of wage employees. Will be lead for wage management practices and initiatives.
  • All check-out equipment centralized, from EC, AV. Including laptops. JC equipment will stay in JC, but will have larger staff to support it. Better for customers, since only one place to get portable equipment from. Will manage the Smarts—manage both the check-out laptop and the rooms that they are taken to. Will handle all same day equipment requests and scheduling
  • Consolidation of both scheduling and event coordination activities for all of CT at Fairfax. Will handle non same day equipment requests thru online request system under development, as well as all current communication methods. Will handle ad hoc scheduling of IH computer classrooms Will provide single point of contact for event coordination at Fairfax. Much easier for customers Will centralize Fixed Assets poc for inventory matters. Will be responsible for updating CT webpages. Acts as front door to CT.
  • Established two tasks forces comprised of CT staff and members from other DoIT units to establish new practices for the department. We are in some cases completely changing some of the ways that we do business, as result of LAN architecture for example. In others are consolidating best practices Technical looked at: How we integrate into the new LAN architecutre How we image Server management What desktops will look like and how managed How we manage software loading Profile and policy management Networking of touch panels and distance systems Network security issues Business looked at: Cohesive procedures and policies for CT activities. Customer contact Resource request process, all the way through Trouble call management Scheduling process online and regular Wage management issues recruitment training cross-training supervision Policies and procedures Office staffing
  • Classroom Technologies

    1. 1. Classroom Technologies Re-organization Copyright Kathy Bohnstedt, 2004. This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.
    2. 2. Past Organization <ul><li>Created from existing units </li></ul><ul><li>Organized by facility </li></ul><ul><li>Had been in place for 5 years after divisional re-organization </li></ul><ul><li>Evenly distributed staffing across labs and classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Worked well at the time, but would not work for changes that were coming </li></ul>
    3. 3. Past Organizational Chart 15.5 FTE
    4. 4. Rationale for re-organization <ul><li>New Instructional building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>significant increase in the instructional technology offered to the George Mason community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>completed staffing analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new positions required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customer difficulty </li></ul>
    5. 5. New Organization <ul><li>Analyzed duties of groups </li></ul><ul><li>Organized by function rather than facility </li></ul><ul><li>New groups being formed with like functions together </li></ul><ul><li>New positions being created </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on simplifying customer interaction </li></ul>
    6. 6. New Org Chart 25 FTE
    7. 7. New Groups <ul><li>Classroom Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Services </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Lab Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>AV Equipment Distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Operational Support </li></ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Shared positions </li></ul>
    8. 8. Classroom Computing <ul><li>Desktop Management and Support </li></ul><ul><li>Software Management </li></ul><ul><li>Local Server Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Pay-for-Print </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Imaging </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Repair </li></ul>
    9. 9. Technical Services <ul><li>Non-computer equipment in ECs </li></ul><ul><li>Lead in EC trouble calls </li></ul><ul><li>Distance support </li></ul><ul><li>Primary back-up for user training in ECs </li></ul><ul><li>Service Vendor Coordination </li></ul>
    10. 10. Computer Lab Coordination <ul><li>Responsible for management and training of lab consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for operations of computer labs </li></ul><ul><li>Lead in wage management practices </li></ul>
    11. 11. AV Equipment Distribution <ul><li>Manages all check-out equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Supports Johnson Center activities </li></ul><ul><li>Manages Smart Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Manages all General Purpose Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Same day equipment scheduling </li></ul>
    12. 12. Operational Support <ul><li>Event Support Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Ad-Hoc scheduling of Computer Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Next day and later equipment reservations </li></ul><ul><li>Website Management </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory Liaison </li></ul>
    13. 13. Video Conferencing <ul><li>Coordinate all video conferencing activities </li></ul><ul><li>Provides training in VTC to users and staff </li></ul><ul><li>Single point of contact for VTC and emerging conferencing technologies </li></ul>
    14. 14. Task Forces <ul><li>Technical Practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze and recommend technical policies and procedures for new environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with other ITU units on testing and deployment of new environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze and recommend consolidated processes and procedures for customers and staff </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Where are we now? <ul><li>Staff acclimated to their new roles </li></ul><ul><li>Staff cohesiveness being developed </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty still getting used to new organization </li></ul><ul><li>New LAN architecture still being developed </li></ul><ul><li>New and consolidated procedures being created </li></ul>
    16. 16. Plans for the future <ul><li>All hands meetings and activities to facilitate working relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Further development and documentation of new practices </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating additional shared positions </li></ul>
    17. 17. Contact Information Kathy Bohnstedt Director, Classroom Technologies Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services George Mason University (703) 993-3419 [email_address]
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