Learning Lab

The Lamar Institute of Technology Learning Lab is located in Room 112 of the Technology Center Building. The hours of operation during the Fall and Spring semesters are 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Summer hours of operation are somewhat abbreviated. For information you may call 880-8885 or 839-2928.

One purpose of the Lab is to provide computer-based assistance for the TSI objectives of reading, writing, and mathematics. The PLATO tutorial program is used as a supplement in Developmental Reading and Writing classes, as the curriculum for the Developmental Reading and Math Labs, as well as a major component of the Developmental Writing Lab. Other students may also use PLATO to refine their math, reading or writing skills.

Personal tutoring is available for developmental classes as well as other subjects offered at the Institute. The Lab has student assistants who can tutor in Contemporary Math, English, Microcomputer Applications, Computer Electronics and other LIT programs. Video tapes for Developmental Math and Contemporary Math are available for check-out, or may be viewed in the Learning Lab.

The Lab is used for testing by the Developmental Math classes and also by students taking Web-based courses. Developmental math students who need to re-test may request tutoring before they attempt the test again. Instructors of web based classes may bring their tests to the lab, along with any instructions, and the Lab staff will administer these tests. Lab hours allow for web students to take tests without interfering with their employment or school schedules.

The Learning Lab provides computer access to Institute students. Computers are equipped with instructional software and standard commercial software packages, as well as Internet access. Students in Microcomputer Applications classes use the ExamView and Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) XP programs in the lab for testing, and some web classes require testing using the Web-CT program which is available in the lab. Students may also use the lab for creating a résumé. Several large screen monitors and large print keyboards are available for visually impaired students. These are also equipped with the Kurzweil and Job Access With Speech (JAWS) programs, a scanner, and a Braille printer.

The Learning Lab offers access through computers to the Mary and John Gray Library. Research may be done on line, and if books or other materials are needed, they may be checked out through the Inter-Library loan system. Students must have their student ID validated at the library, and then they can access the catalog and the electronic databases. Students can use the computer access to find books available for check-out, and also print full text articles from several electronic databases.

The Learning Lab may also be used for study. Tables are set up for individuals or study groups. Students may study independently or request a tutor to work with them as necessary. The Learning Lab does not require total silence, but we ask that discussions be kept as quiet as possible due to student testing.