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CLEAR | Faculty Guide

What areas of CLEAR can I reserve for class meetings?

CLEAR has the following functional spaces to meet your instructional needs:

  • B-36: Multimedia Classroom:  20 Mac laptops, DVD/VHS player, projection system
  • B-29: Small Classroom:  DVD/VHS player, 60" plasma screen,
  • Training/testing Stations:  18 Macs for independent or group work


How do I make reservations or request Resources?

CLEAR is available for class meetings on a scheduled basis. You can schedule a time for your class to meet in CLEAR by filling out a reservation form or by calling the CLEAR Operations desk at x2357. You will need to provide the following information: name, WLC telephone extension and/or e-mail address (indicate which is better for contact), your course number, the number of students in the class, and whether you will need assistance during the class. The CLEAR staff will select the appropriate space for the services that your class will be using. When there are conflicts for requested times, you will be contacted by a manager or supervisor.


Can my classes meet in the Center without me?

CLEAR resources are available for independent student work on a walk-in basis with priority given to scheduled classes. You may schedule a class meeting at CLEAR, however, you must accompany your class since CLEAR does not have staff to supervise or conduct your class.


Can my students spell check in languages other than English?

CLEAR provides spell checking capability in most languages taught by the department. In some languages, grammar check is available.


Does CLEAR provide support services to faculty?

CLEAR provides some services to faculty to support classes. Services that can be requested include satellite or television recording and course texts on reserve at the circulation desk.


Does CLEAR provide support integrating technology into courses?

CLEAR's Technology Curriculum Standardization Committee, chaired by the CLEAR director, has the responsibility of incorporating technology-enhanced methodologies into our language teaching. If you have a specific requirement, or wish to integrate a particular computer-assisted component into your teaching, contact the CLEAR director.


Can I borrow equipment or materials?

Currently, CLEAR allows faculty to borrow the media that accompany course texts for the semester. CD players are available for classroom use subject to availability and must be returned on the same day. Films from the CLEAR collection may be borrowed by faculty as long as they are not on reserve for class use. Faculty may not borrow software or texts which are on reserve for CLEAR use only.


International Television Programming

CLEAR broadcasts several channels of continuous international television programming via fiber optic cable on channels 36, 51, 75, 76, 94, and 95. As noted above, faculty can request that programs be recorded and reserved for student use.


Software and Materials Requests

If you have a specific requirement or would like to request a software review copy please contact the CLEAR supervisor at ext. 2357.


Your Comments and Suggestions

Your needs matter to us. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Call, stop by or write us at clear@american.edu. We look forward to seeing you at CLEAR!