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Virtual Tours of Technology Enhanced Spaces Help Minimize First Day Jitters

Employees can now get an inside look into a UNLV classroom, computer lab, or IT Help Desk any time, anywhere as part of OIT’s initiative to enhance technology services and improve new faculty and staff onboarding.

New Service  |  Aug 6, 2019  |  By Nicole Johnson
UNLV employee using a laptop computer to take a virtual tour of a technology enhanced space on campus.

The first day of a new job can be overwhelming. You are busy filling out paperwork, settling in to your new role, and meeting new people. The opportunity to get a closer glimpse into the UNLV campus - buildings, classrooms, and other important spaces - might seem like a task that can wait.

Things just got a little easier for new faculty and staff. Especially those who are unable to explore campus before or on their first day and want a more in-depth look into different technology enhanced spaces at UNLV.

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers interactive virtual tours of a general purpose classroom, computer lab, and the IT Help Desk.  

“We’re always looking for ways to improve services for faculty and staff,” said Dr. Joe Horne, Associate Director of Instructional Technology Services. “Having a chance to virtually visit a place on campus before arriving can help people feel more comfortable. It can also minimize the worry that comes with any new job or career change.”

Considered landmark technology locations, the three rooms were selected based on an instruction, collaboration, or support focus. New employees can take a guided tour or navigate their own way through the classroom, computer lab, or help desk. 

Each virtual experience features a 360-degree view of the space and the technology in it. Individuals can select the picture icons located throughout the rooms to receive more detailed information and how the technology works. 

New employees can view the tours on the new faculty and staff orientation page on the UNLV IT website. They can also find additional information about the featured general purpose classroom, general use computer lab, and the IT Help Desk online.