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We have a program called NetOp Teacher in all our computer labs. The 
designated "teacher" computer has the ability to view a mosaic 
representation of all the computers in the lab. The teacher can IM a 
student, take control of the student computer, and save a snapshot of the 
screen the student is accessing. It comes in handy in classes where 
students are supposed to be focusing on completing research or online 
assignments. A brief IM from the instructor asking for clarification as to 
how Facebook ties in to the research topic is usually effective....

Professor Jeanne Ann Graham
Liberal Arts Program Chair
Ivy Tech Community College
8000 South Education Drive
Terre Haute, IN 47802
800-377-4882 ext. 2223
812-298-2223

At 02:19 PM 10/23/2006, you wrote:
>We have had a problem in the past with the computers in our lab. We
>started kicking them off the computer if there was someone waiting to
>use a computer for academic work. It is a constant monitoring for us as
>staff. One of the problems we have is our computers are limited in
>number, five, so we can't afford for students to be playing around so to
>speak.
>It is not as bad as it was a year ago. The students have gotten the word
>that we are spot checking to see what is on their monitors. We have to
>pass the computers to use the restrooms so that gives us a reason to be
>constantly walking by.
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Albert Jimenez
>Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 12:57 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Computer lab policies and procedures
>
>Dear Colleagues,
>
>
>
>We currently house a computer lab of about 30 PC's within our learning
>center, monitoring for explicit or recreational activity has been a real
>challenge for our clerical and computer lab aides throughout the
>semesters
>especially with the website "myspace.com".  Are there any learning
>centers
>or computer labs currently blocking or limiting websites to just
>academic
>research web-pages?  If so, can you please forward any acceptable user's
>policy or literature that addresses this question, we have placed AUP
>stickers and an AUP screen message as students log in unfortunately we
>have
>had no success with this procedure thus far.  In an effort to creating
>an
>atmosphere conducive to higher learning I strongly feel any form of
>recreational web surfing limits PC access to those students that come to
>our
>centers to do legitimate school work.  I am hoping to receive some
>needed
>and helpful assistance regarding this issue; your time is gladly
>appreciated.
>
>
>
>Best regards,
>
>Albert B. Jimenez
>Tutorial Services Specialist
>Mt. San Jacinto College
>Learning Resource Center
>   "Carpe Diem"
>
>
>
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