Throughout the COVID pandemic, SJSU IT’s Equipment Loaning Service supplied our students, faculty, and staff with the technology they needed for remote modalities: monitors, mice, keyboards, laptops, webcams, microphones, headsets, and more. Access to technology should never be a barrier for the education of our students. Our inventory, the equipment request process, and other helpful resources can be found at http://sjsu.edu/equipmentcheckout.
In summer 2021, we worked directly with university colleges and faculty to get direct feedback on the new kinds of equipment they and their students need for the transition to hybrid. Based on that feedback, we ordered and delivered specialized technology to each college. I also want to highlight that we added portable voice amplifiers to our equipment loaning service inventory, which faculty let us know are very important in the classroom environment.
I want to thank the College of Business chairs and faculty as well as Associate Dean Meg Virick for their great feedback as they played a critical role in the testing and selection process. Coordinating college-specific purchases was the great work of Vicky Van Leer, Bruce Gardner, Jason Ferguson, and Joseph Chou.