Technology On Campus

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Making technology an integral part of teaching and learning depends on two key factors: the availability of computer resources and the ability to use them. At Houston Baptist University, we provide both.

Students have easy access to computer systems in two labs on the campus. Atwood II room 101 houses 22 computers for our HBU student needs. There is an ITS Lab Assistant there to help with problems that might arise. In the UAC building room 170 there are 7 computers for student use. These computers can be used to complete class assignments, check email, do Internet research, or surf the net.

There are 25 computers in the library that are available for research, and 113 computers in classrooms where instruction is provided. We strive to replace hardware at a minimum of every two years, to keep pace with technological advances, and install new versions of software as soon as instructors are prepared to teach with them. All students are required to take a basic computer literacy course which familiarizes students with basic operating system phraseology and skills, and introduces students to word processing, spreadsheet, and database software. This provides basic computer literacy for every student.

There are other benefits as well.
  • Internet access in every lab.
  • Easy accessibility to Student Computer Labs.
  • Specialized software for certain classes, such as SPSS, Maple, NCLEX, etc. Such software is installed in both classrooms and labs, making it easy for students to complete assignments and work on projects, both in and out of class.
  • Computer-run instruments in the physical sciences labs, which collect data from experiments.
  • E-registration for eligible students -- no more lines!
  • Students can check their financial status, print their balance, view the financial aid awarded for the year, print a schedule, and check for holds on their accounts -- all online.
  • An HBU-assigned email address for every student who is registered.
  • MY.HBU.EDU portal provides easy access to email, calendaring with reminders, course information and collaboration so that classmates can communicate together, and all the news of the campus including information important to students, such as financial aid, registration, finals schedules, and other timely issues.
  • Media equipment is available for faculty to use in the classroom. Some classrooms have permanent installations of computers and video projectors, while in other rooms they must be reserved for use and brought in. Other equipment, such as video players and monitors, are also available.