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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Learning Lab?
The Learning Lab for Technology is a computer lab open to ComArts students for a variety of technology instruction. The workshops and open lab hours supplement what students are already learning in class. Learning opportunities include: soft-ware specific workshops, one-on-one instruction during open lab hours, and in-class training.

What and when are the workshops?
Communication Arts students are required to pass three workshops prior to graduation. Passing the workshops counts toward their Practicum grades. Workshops vary in length and are offered during Practicum courses, Tuesday–Thursday. Students work on a project or set of exercises along with the instructor in order to acquire specific software skills. Check the schedule for the workshop descriptions.
 
How do I know what workshops I need?
That’s entirely up to you. The workshop descriptions should help you decide, but you can always ask one of your teachers.

How do I sign up?
Visit the learning lab and add your name to the sign-up sheets posted on the door. Workshops fill quickly, so sign up early. Prior to reporting to your first workshop meeting, students are required to provide their Practicum teacher with a completed Workshop Attendance Form.

How do I, and what if I, drop the workshop i signed up for?
That depends. Once you sign up for a workshop, you have until 1 week before the workshop begins to cross your name off the list. It is best to sign up for 
a workshop only if you plan to attend.

What if I have to miss a week?
If you must miss one meeting of the workshop, please give the instructor or Tanya Rubbak (trubbak@otis.edu) 24 hours notice. If you neglect to give 24 hours notice you will be marked absent (-10 pts) in Practicum class.

Is it true the Learning Lab has typefaces for student use?
YES! The Communication Arts Department has acquired a few typefaces for student use, you can pick up your copy in the learning lab after you sign a EULA. Visit the Typefaces section of the ComArts website to learn more about the student-use font program and to get recommendations for other typefaces and type foundries.

What does Open Lab mean?
Open Lab is a time when you can come into the learning lab for one-on-one instruction or, if there are computers available, just to hang out and work. 
If you need one-on-one help, come prepared with project-specific questions for the lab tech or teacher.

What if I have suggestions to make the Learning Lab better?
Please talk to or write Tanya at trubbak@otis.edu with your suggestions.

Where can I go to work if the Learning Lab is closed?
As always, the computer labs on the 4th floor are available for ComArts student use, anytime a class is not in session.