The first few days of the students being back has been mostly uneventful. We sacrificed one already completely broken laptop to fix as many of the keyboards as we could, so we’re back up to (almost) a full compliment of classroom laptops now.
There’s now begun a big push at work to try and get lecturers to actually take responsibility for the equipment being used during their classes. They are being encouraged at the end of the last class of the day to take the time to shut machines down, turn off projectors and air conditioning, close windows if open, draw the blinds, turn out the lights, and lock the door. Today is only Wednesday and I can say there’s been a small improvement in the four classrooms near to my office. There’s still a few staff members who need some extra encouragement, but hopefully management will be taking care of that.
Tutors borrowing the laptops for use in a classroom will now be required to sign each one out to the students, check it for damage before use, and again at the end of the class when it is returned by the student. Hopefully we will see an improvement in discipline during these times, and that the tutors will realise that ultimately the responsibility is theirs.