The SCALE UP classroom, located in 100S Newman Library, is a new kind of classroom. It has seating for 72 students, in groups of nine at each of the eight tables. Each table has its own 70" flat-panel display (making eight total). This is not a classroom for lecture-style instruction, but it specifically designed for group work and hands-on assignments and activities. There is no instructor's lectern. There is no central place from which to lecture a class, nor a main screen to project onto. There are also no computers set up in the classroom, instead relying on the instructor and students to bring their own laptops to class. If laptops are needed, there are Windows 8 touchscreen laptops that can be setup in the room, but would require advanced notice. These are stored in the room's locked closet along with a Samsung document projector.
SCALE UP is a collaboration between the College of Science and the library, and so instruction is also split between the CoS and the library. The room is accessed via Hokie Passport for Faculty and Staff at any time, and is available for students to use as a study space between 7pm - 7am weekdays, and all day on weekends.
Instructors can contact Classroom Management staff to determine when other classes are not scheduled and find time to test software. Classroom Management staff can also demonstrate the operation of the classroom A/V system. These preparations will lessen the chances of problems or surprises during the actual class.
There is a small Instructor's shelf on which to sit a laptop, and next to this is the control panel for the A/V system. To use the A/V system requires a code, that will be sent to the instructor via email when the room is scheduled. The A/V system in this room can present the following:
Sun: Open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: Open 24 hours*
Fri: Open 24 hours *
Sat: Close 8:00pm
* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.
Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit.
The tour consists of 16 different information stops/points, accessible by using a device to scan a QR code. Once scanned using the camera in your mobile device and its built-in reader or a separate app, your device will play an audio track (with some photos/videos) explaining the different services that are offered in Newman Library and how our collections are organized. The audio track at each stop will direct you to the next stop, where you will scan the next QR code.
To take the tour you will either need to use a smartphone or tablet, have access to Virginia Tech's wireless network (we recommend wireless over a cellular data network since several sections of the library get little to no cellular signal), and have headphones or earbuds to hear the narration. If you do not have a suitable device, then you can check out an iPad at the Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will show you how to use their iPads and where to start the tour.