Instructional Support at the SSCC

(Information for SSCC Instructional Lab Users)

 

The Social Science Computing Cooperative provides support for courses in the Social Science division. Our facilities include a computer classroom, a drop-in lab, a mobile lab and Windows Terminal Servers for remote use. Our staff can also assist you and your students in using the computers and running statistical software.

You can request to use 3218 or the mobile lab for your course by filling out a form online. If you have any questions, contact Caitlin Tefft (ctefft@ssc.wisc.edu).

Computer Labs

3218 Sewell Social Sciences is our primary classroom. It has 30 PCs, a printer, and a ceiling-mounted projector. The PCs have software installed which allows the instructor to control or interact with the students' computers. (Contact Doug Hemken at dehemken@wisc.edu if you'd like an introduction.)

4218 Sewell Social Sciences is the primary lab for student drop-in use. It has 24 PCs configured identically to the 3218 classroom PCs. It also has a printer and scanner. During the fall and winter semesters 3218 is available for drop-in use when classes are not being held there.

A mobile lab comprised of 42 laptops is also available for classroom/workshop use in the Sewell Social Science Building. The 2470 computer lab is set up to accommodate 24 of the laptops and may be reserved along with the mobile lab.

The PCs in 3218 and 4218 have a rich set of statistical software installed, many of which are not found anywhere else on campus. For a complete list, see our software page.

The 3218 and 4218 labs are open 8:00AM-8:00PM Monday-Thursday and 8:00AM-6:00PM on Friday. Graduate students may request after-hours access.

Winstat

Winstat is the SSCC's Windows Terminal Server farm. Winstat allows students to log in and run statistical programs from any location. This makes Winstat a convenient alternative to coming into the lab and is very popular with students.

Online Resources

If the students in your class will be using SPSS Statistics or Stata, they may find the following resources useful:

We also make a great deal of information about the SSCC and statistical computing in general available in our Knowledge Base.

Staff Assistance

Doug Hemken, statistical computing specialist for SSCC, is available to help students with homework and class projects 10:00AM-2:00PM Monday through Friday, or by appointment. You can also arrange for Doug to come to your class and provide instruction on statistical software. Doug and other SSCC staff offer free workshops during the semester. Visit our training page to see our current offerings.

You can request to use 3218 or the mobile lab for your course by filling out a form online. If you have any questions, contact Caitlin Tefft (ctefft@ssc.wisc.edu).