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Replacement of Electronic Teaching Desks

 

   
 
   
 

Sixty-six electronic teaching desks were replaced during summer vacation following last winter vacation where 50 were replaced. The older desks became outdated because they have been used for more than five years. Also, they had a lot of problems that caused many complaints from professors. One of the main complaints was severe reflection of light. It was caused from the structure that monitor was inserted into the desk. Moreover, this structure made it difficult to change the monitor for a bigger one. Because the older teaching desks were made to use 17-inch monitors that are now hard to find, it was a serious problem. Each desk had different position of switch and button for control so it was difficult to handle. Professors required an extra desk since the sliding shelf provided to help place objects was unstable. In addition, there are problems concerning easily broken microphone stands and the enormous production cost due to being made by iron.

Unlike from the older electronic desks, the new desks have computer monitors on the top of the desk. This is because change in monitor’s position will decrease in light reflection and make it easy to replace the monitor. Also, by coordinating the position of switch and button, it becomes easier to control them. While previous desks have limited space for the users, the newer ones no longer need professors to use an extra desk because it has enough space. Also the microphone stands are more solid, and the production costs decreased to one fifth the cost of the old desks as the material has changed from iron to wooden.

After the replacement, the number of complaints has decreased compared to the past. However, there is one disadvantage that follows after the replacement of teaching desks. It is that students’ sight can be obstructed, as the monitor is on the top of the desk. To solve this problem, the test to place monitor in slanted way by using monitor holder is also considered as a solution. This kind of solution is actually being used at the College of Business as a demonstration.

Kim Min-ji  kmj7315@dongguk.edu

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