STARTING next schoolyear, the Educational Technology Center (Ed-Tech) will have full control of the computers at the multi-media classrooms and computer laboratories in the University.

The changes came after Ed-Tech and the UST Computer Center (UST-CC) agreed that it would be easier to control the computers in the University if the work would be divided. UST-CC will concentrate on the research centers and the needs of the faculty members while Ed-Tech will focus on the needs of the students.

Previously, it was only UST-CC that handled all the computer resources in the University.

In an interview with the Varsitarian, Ed-Tech Director Fr. Melchor Saria, O.P. said Ed-Tech will now supply Internet service for approximately 30 multi-media classrooms in the different faculties and colleges.

He added that the transition would be advantageous because once Ed-Tech has full control of the 200 computer units in the Central Library, it would be available for the faculty members and students during off-time.

Saria also plans to install Internet access terminals at building lobbies with at least 10 computer units to provide students easy Internet access.

However, according to UST-CC Network Administrator Bea Lacsamana, they will still assist in the transition since Ed-Tech is not yet ready to take full control of the computers at the Central Library and in the computer laboratories.

“When they (Ed-Tech) become ready to supply the bandwidth, we will transfer the full control to them,” Lacsamana said.

Meanwhile, Ed-Tech will launch the Tomasino web on the first week of August. The teen-oriented web site, which will provide downloads on music, graphics, and anything of interest to students, is very different from the institutional web site of UST.

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“The institutional web site of the University is a formal way of getting information about UST while the Tomasino web is a free-wheeling and youth-oriented web site,” Saria said.

He hopes that the e-learning site of the University would originate from the Tomasino web. For instance, a particular class and their professor would be given an email address where students can submit their assignments and the professor can post his/her supplementary materials there, Saria said. Girard R. Carbonell

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