Found Object: EH 228 Classroom, 1999

Location: A box discovered during summer cleaning in the ECS Building.
Object: Photo of Associate Professor Emeritus Irene Ward teaching ENGL 100 “Expository Writing 1” in the EH 228 technology lab classroom, Fall 1999.
Observations: 1) In the late 1990s, the English Department oversaw the installation of a technology lab classroom in Eisenhower Hall for computer-assisted writing instruction. This photo from 1999 shows the classroom in action as students use a curriculum called Interactive English. 2) Irene Ward was one of several instructors who taught the Interactive English curriculum during the last 1990s and early 2000s, including several GTAs. 3) In the late 1990s, monitor screens were small, CPUs were big, and black and gray were not yet the standard colors for monitor, CPU, or keyboard.
Location: A box discovered during summer cleaning in the ECS Building.
Object: Photo of students in ENGL 100 “Expository Writing 1” in the EH 228 technology lab classroom, Fall 1999.
Observations: The logo for K-State Libraries appears on the screen via the ceiling-mounted LCD projector — a reminder of how integral K-State Libraries has been and continues to be for our writing-intensive courses, our students’ online research, and our pedagogy.
Location: A box discovered during summer cleaning in the ECS Building.
Object: Photo of Associate Professor Emeritus Irene Ward teaching ENGL 100 “Expository Writing 1” in the EH 228 technology lab classroom, Fall 1999.
Observations: 1) The design for the EH 228 classroom is still one of the best for computer lab classrooms: with the computers around the perimeter and the small tables grouped together in the center, students can pivot with ease to work individually at a computer or collaboratively at a large or small table. 2) As one of the first lab classrooms on campus, the instructor’s podium was made in-house to hold the equipment, including the ELMO Visual Presenter Document Camera. 3) The shades covering the high windows disappeared soon into the new century, and the computers have been upgraded about five times in the intervening years, but the same tables and chairs are still in place 20+ years later — in the case of the tables, showing surprisingly little wear. The chairs, on the other hand,…. well, they are have earned retirement. 4) EH 228 is in more limited use this fall, due to COVID-19, but it will be back in full use, post-pandemic, for our writing intensive and seminar-style classes!

Karin Westman, Associate Professor and Department Head

One thought on “Found Object: EH 228 Classroom, 1999

  1. “and black and gray were not yet the standard colors for monitor, CPU, or keyboard”–they were, however, no longer the only colors for film, these photos notwithstanding! 😉

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