FOSS4G2007 Information for Instructors part2

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Introduction

This page provides "part 2" of the Information for the Instructors of the Workshops and Labs at the FOSS4G2007 conference in Victoria, BC, Canada (September 24-27, 2007).

See the main Information for Instructors page for information about Communications, Deadlines, PCs, Software, etc.

Workshops

Workshops are 3-hour hands-on courses in full computer classrooms. They are only open to registered workshops attendees.

Workshop Dates and Times

  • Monday, September 24, 2007
    • 09:00-12:00 six Morning Workshops (W-01 to W-06)
    • 13:00-16:00 six Afternoon Workshops (W-07 to W-12)

Workshop number of attendees

The conference secretariat will notify Instructors via email on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 how many people are registered for your workshop. For Workshops that have not reached their maximum size (based on the classroom sizes), that number may change because people can register for the Workshops at the conference. It is anticipated that all Workshops will be fully booked, because Early Bird registration, which ended July 27th, has filled 9 of the 12 Workshops.

Workshop Classroom Details

  • the following rooms have been allocated for the Workshops:
Room Computers Max Attendees AM Workshop PM Workshop
Colwood 20 40 W-02 W-11
Esquimalt 20 40 W-05 W-10
Oak Bay 42 84 W-06 W-09
Saanich 42 84 W-04 W-07
Sidney 20 40 W-01 W-12
View Royal 15 30 W-03 W-08
  • you can see where these rooms are located on the Victoria Conference Centre floor plan (379KB PDF)
  • the above room capacities and allocations are subject to change (but capacities will not be reduced)
  • the classrooms vary in size and layout
  • Two attendees per computer
  • The Classroom PCs Configuration section shows how the classroom PCs will be configured
  • The Instructor will have a PC (in addition to the classroom computers)
    • it will have the same configuration as the classroom PCs
    • it will be connected to a projector(with a screen at the front of the classroom) via a Y cable, to enable the PC's monitor to be used by the Instructor
  • There will be a 'Room Monitor'(a conference volunteer) for each Workshop
    • they will be checking attendees against the registration list as they arrive
    • they will remain for the duration of the Workshop, and can assist the Instructor with any issues related to the room
    • they will collect the evaluations from attendees and the Instructor(s) at the end of the Workshop
  • no food or drink is allowed in the classrooms
  • water will be provided at a table at the back of the classroom

Workshop Classroom Access

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Workshop Instructors will have access to their classroom from 15:00 to 17:00. This is subject to the classroom setup (which starts at Noon) being completed by 15:00.

This time is for things such as:

  • familiarization with the classroom facilities
  • connecting your Notebook to the projector (if you are not using the provided Instructor PC) and making sure it works properly
  • a 'dry run' of your Workshop
  • applying, or changing, configuration settings such as database connection strings, etc.

This time is not intended to be used for loading software or data onto the classroom PCs.

During this time you may be sharing the classroom with one other Workshop Instructor:

  • access to the provided Instructor PC and projector will be 'first come, first served'
  • access to the classroom PCs:
    • you will be assigned roughly half of the PCs that will be primarily for your use, to enable you to test your Workshop
    • if you need access to all the classroom's PCs (e.g. to change a configuration setting), you will have to coordinate that with the other Workshop Instructor who may be using the room at the same time

Monday, September 24, 2007

Workshop Instructors will have access to their classroom 30 minutes prior to the start of their Workshop.

This time is for things such as:

  • distributing classroom materials
  • rebooting PCs or booting from LiveCD
  • connecting your Notebook to the projector, if you are not using the provided Instructor PC

Attendees will be allowed into the classroom starting 15 minutes prior to the start of their Workshop.


Labs

Labs are 1.5-hour courses, usually hands-on, in full computer classrooms. They are open to all conference registrants.

Lab Dates, Times, and Rooms

  • the following rooms and time slots have been allocated for the Labs:
Day Time Colwood Esquimalt
Tuesday 13:00 - 14:30 L-01 L-09
Tuesday 15:00 - 16:30 L-10 L-02
Wednesday 08:30 - 10:00 L-03 L-11
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00 L-04 L-12
Wednesday 13:00 - 14:30 L-05 L-13
Wednesday 15:00 - 16:30 L-14 L-06
Thursday 08:30 - 10:00 L-15 L-07
Thursday 10:30 - 12:00 L-16 L-08

Lab number of attendees

The maximum number of attendees for a Lab will be 40. The actual number of attendees in a Lab cannot be determined in advance, as no advance registration is required for Labs - it is "first come, first served".

Lab Classroom Details

  • the Colwood and Esquimalt rooms will be setup as computer classrooms
  • you can see where these rooms are located on the Victoria Conference Centre floor plan (379KB PDF)
  • Colwood will have the Nanaimo PCs, Esquimalt will have the Rental PCs
  • the two classrooms are virtually the same size, and very similar in layout
  • there will be 20 classroom computers in each room
  • Two attendees per computer
  • The Classroom PCs Configuration section shows how the classroom PCs will be configured
  • The Instructor will have a PC (in addition to the 20 classroom computers)
    • it will have the same configuration as the classroom PCs
    • it will be connected to a projector(with a screen at the front of the classroom) via a Y cable, to enable the PC's monitor to be used by the Instructor
  • There will be a 'Room Monitor'(a conference volunteer) for each Lab
    • they will be controlling the 'first come, first served' admittance to the classroom
    • they will remain for the duration of the Lab, and can assist the Instructor with any issues related to the room
    • they will collect the evaluations from attendees and the Instructor(s) at the end of the Lab
  • no food or drink is allowed in the classrooms
  • water will be provided at a table at the back of the classroom

Lab Classroom Access

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lab Instructors will have access to their classroom from 16:00 to 18:00

This time is for things such as:

  • familiarization with the classroom facilities
  • connecting your Notebook to the projector (if you are not using the provided Instructor PC) and making sure it works properly
  • a 'dry run' of your Lab
  • applying, or changing, configuration settings such as database connection strings, etc.

This time is not intended to be used for loading software or data onto the classroom PCs.

During this time you may be sharing the classroom with other Lab Instructors:

  • access to the provided Instructor PC and projector will be 'first come, first served'
  • access to the classroom PCs:
    • you will be assigned two of the PCs that will be primarily for your use, to enable you to test your Lab
    • if you need access to all the classroom's PCs (e.g. to change a configuration setting), you will have to coordinate that with any other Lab Instructors who may be using the room at the same time

Tuesday through Thursday, September 25-27, 2007

Lab Instructors will have access to their classroom 20 minutes prior to the start of their Lab.

This time is for things such as:

  • distributing classroom materials
  • rebooting PCs or booting from LiveCD
  • connecting your Notebook to the projector, if you are not using the provided Instructor PC

Attendees will be allowed into the classroom starting 15 minutes prior to the start of their Lab.