SPU students enjoy pleasing physical learning spaces. Spread over the 43-acre Seattle
campus, the buildings, recognized by their traditional brick or modern faces, are also known for the many
ways in which they meet students' educational needs. Resources available to students include the following:
This spacious four-level facility provides collections, services, technology, and space for study and research,
with more than 200,000 volumes arranged on open shelves for easy access to readers. Students also have access to 2.2 million items held in 33 Washington and Oregon academic libraries through the Orbis Cascade Alliance and Summit.
The library also has 70 networked computers, and the building is one of the university “hotspots” for wireless connections. The Library book and database collection is accessible to the SPU community from any networked computer. SPU’s Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development is located in the library, and it includes Instructional Technology Services to offer media production, satellite downlink, and duplication services. For more information on the Library's resources, click here or call the Reference Desk at 206.281.2419.
STUDENT COMPUTER LABS
Located across campus, computer labs feature a standard set of academic software tools that
includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, statistical software, programming
languages, and database software. All of the general-purpose computer labs also provide full access
to the Internet, email, World Wide Web, laser printers, and other local and remote networked
resources. Computer terminals are located in the SPU Library, the McKenna Lab, and Weter Hall.
Faculty have a wide range of technology available in the classroom to enhance learning, from "lowtech"
equipment such as TVs and VCRs (available in nearly all classrooms) to "high-tech" resources
such as large-screen projectors and Windows-based PCs (installed in 12 classrooms) to fully
equipped electronic classrooms (three on campus).
On-campus network connectivity and access to the Internet is available throughout campus. Many
courses make use of an online course management system (Blackboard) for document repository,
electronic grade books, online discussion, and online assessments. Many routine student transactions
(registration, class schedules, and access to grades) can be completed via the Web at the individual
student's time and convenience.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Located on the lower level of the Library, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) helps faculty
produce Web-based and multimedia learning resources. It also manages the Library's computer labs
and satellite downlinks.
TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION AND ASSISTANCE
Assistance in learning how to use computers and networked resources is available through a booklet
entitled SPUnet Systems and Internet User Guide, through training sessions, and through a central
computer HelpDesk-Computer and Information Systems.
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