School of Education - Accreditation Self-Study Report

Standard 6: Unit Resources Including Technology

Unit Resources

Within the Education Building, the CTC and ITDL are designed to meet the needs of education students. The CTC provides print materials, web-based resources and technology for use in both classroom and practicum settings. Collection acquisition reflects the curricula being used in Minnesota P-12 classrooms and includes teaching materials, literature and professional development materials. The ITDL facilitates creative exploration of ways to infuse technology into teaching and learning.

In addition, Learning Resources Services provides the campus community with the scholarly resources that advance intellectual discovery and academic success. The library, built in 2000, hosts comfortable, student-focused learning and study spaces as well as state of the art technology. Librarians staff the reference desk 60 hours per week, providing course-specific sessions, and one-on-one research consultation to students and faculty. The recently implemented Ebsco Discovery Service allows students to research across media available at the SCSU Library or throughout a statewide consortium via automated interlibrary loan. Our library collection includes more than 732,333 books, 185,712 federal and state documents, 160,080 units of microfilm, 3,175 maps and 26,777 nonprint items. In addition to hundreds of periodicals maintained in print, users have electronic access to thousands of journal titles in all subject areas. The institutional repository hosts a diverse collection of scholarly and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff.

The Information Technology Services Division provides campus-wide computing support, networking services, email services/support, the technology Help Desk, the Computer Store, instructional television and video conferencing operations, installation and support for electronic classrooms, maintenance and operation of 700 computers in the library and general access computer labs across campus. Personnel support a complex campus telecommunications infrastructure for more than 26,000 user accounts utilizing nearly 1.5 terabytes of storage space.