UA/DormCon/IFC Student Residence Implementation Team (Impish)
Spring Term 2000 Progress Report
May 16, 2000
Contents Appendix B: Residence Selection Process (PDF)
List of Team Members
An Interactive Introduction to the Institute
In order for freshmen to make the best decision on their residence options, residence it must be an informed decision. Thus, we came up with the idea to create a CD-ROM/website that presents such information to incoming freshman during the summer prior to their matriculation. To attain funding to realize this goal, we submitted a proposal to the MIT/Microsoft I-Campus Initiative. The proposal has been accepted and the project is currently underway. The project itself is housed under the Undergraduate Association, but will be carried out through the collective efforts of the UA, IFC, and DormCon.
This interactive introduction to the institute will provide complete coverage of the residence system from a student perspective. This will be accomplished by having the majority of the content come directly from on-campus and off-campus living groups. The content will be in the form of video, audio, photographs, text, and 3D virtual worlds software facilitating chat-based communication. The first step of the project will involve publicizing the project and its goals. This will be accomplished by presenting the project to living groups through IFC and DormCon. Each living group will be asked to assign representatives (most likely their rush chairs) to the project. These representatives will help develop guidelines and suggestions for content. They will also be able to borrow digital video cameras, digital still image cameras, and time on computers for editing. They will able to develop a web-based interface and a 3D Virtual Worlds interface to the content they produce. The virtual worlds will double as a backdrop for chat with incoming students. We will also have students dedicated to the project who will offer technical assistance to the living group representatives. The goal is to have this content developed by the end of IAP, and from there we will organize the data into a unified presentation to be delivered via the web and/or CD-ROM during the summer.
The delivery method will be decided based upon a survey that was sent to the class of 2004 with their residence selection materials (see Appendix A). The survey asks them basic questions about the level of computing resources that are available to them and about their interest in receiving residence selection materials by the web and/or CD-ROM. The results of the survey will be compiled this summer so that content development in the fall will keep accessibility concerns in mind. The goal is to make this a recurring process, so that the information sent to incoming freshman is as up-to-date as possible.
Contents List of Team Members