Digital Language Centre - SN4022 / 4030
This guide outlines the basic duties and expectations of monitors working in the DLC. Please take the time to review this guide early in the term and ask somebody to explain anything which you find unclear.
Location of the centre
SN-4022 and SN-4030
- SN-4022 is a multimedia "smart" classroom designed for assigned group work, small classes and individual lab work. There are thirty (30) iMacs. Projection equipment is present, with which instructors can display a variety of video and audio sources.
Hours of the DLC
Opening Hours in SN-4022 and SN-4030: Mondays - Thursdays 9 am - 7 pm
Fridays 9 am - 5 pm
Please note: We are not open on weekends.
Note: If you work an evening hour you will be responsible for turning the alarm system off when you come in and on when you leave. This is a simple procedure which will be explained to you.
Proper Use of the DLC equipment
The centre is not meant to be used as a general word processing, browsing or e-mail facility. Students using the DLC must be currently enrolled in a language, culture or literature course and must have an account with the DLC. The centre should only be used for completion of assignments related to their language course(s) or for extra practice with that language.
It is NOT necessary to be a computer whiz to work in the DLC. Your primary goal is to help students with the language and the exercises they need to complete for their course work. Part of accomplishing this goal is to know when to come ask for help if you are experiencing a baffling computer problem. You will find that as you work in the DLC you will become acquainted with most of the ins and outs of our programs.
- assist all students, on an individual basis, to run their exercises
- assist students working in your language with the content of the exercises
- enter temporary student attendance records for individual work into computer
- clean student workstations:
- dust the table tops with a clean damp cloth
- wipe the screen using the computer screen cleaner - NOT windex (Note:spray some cleaner on a rag, then wipe th e screen. NEVER spray the screen directly, also TURN OFF THE MONITOR FIRST).
- report any technical problems on the Problems Board and to the director as soon as possible
- ensure there is NO FOOD OR DRINK in the DLC
- collect applications and printing coupons to be given to the director.
- be familiar with the use of all software in the DLC. The only way to do this is to try the software yourself during quiet times in the lab. Make sure you know how to run, use, and quit each application.
Be sure you know how to log-on to the network yourself and how to access and use the exercises.The best way to learn about any computer program is to spend some time with it yourself. Try one or two of each kind of exercise. In about half an hour of doing an exercise, you will make and correct most of the common mistakes that students make and need help with. Ad hoc training will be scheduled if new programs are introduced or if further duties are added.
If you are not used to Macintosh computers specifically please take the time to complete the Macintosh tutorial (see page 4).
The Computers & Other Technology at the DLC
In addition to the iMac computers, there is also a multi-format (PAL / NTSC / SECAM) VCR and region-free DVD player availalbe at the front of each of the labs for use with videotapes or DVDs from other countries. These are sometimes requested by faculty members or per-course instructors when the material they wish to show is in a different format than ours (Region 1).