Center for Independent Learning

"Providing Support for Instruction"


The Center for Independent Learning (CIL), an instructional support facility, is engaged in three missions to the Mesa College campus:

  • to augment classroom instruction through individualized learning modules that students complete independently. Faculty may either select materials produced commercially or create their own with support from CIL equipment and staff. These may include a broad array of media formats ranging from models and collections to technology-enhanced learning modules such as videocassettes, slide/sound programs and interactive multimedia.
  • to provide assistance to faculty, in learning to use and apply computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in the classroom. Faculty are assisted in designing and producing computer-based learning modules, presentations and/or multimedia, for use in classroom instruction, to be used independently by students in the Student Learning Center, or for delivery over the Internet.
  • to provide assistance to Mesa College staff in learning how to use software applications that enhance efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

Faculty/Staff Computer Labs

LRC 422/423/463/464

The LRC-Center for Independent Learning (CIL) offers computer support to all SDCCD employees. Software applications include Internet browsers, MS Office, scanning, gradekeeping, web design, video editing and captioning, course management systems, publisher test banks and more. Camtasia Studio is available on several stations, facilitating the capturing, editing and captioning of locally-produced videos for uploading to the web. Utilizing our personal video studio (PVS), instructors can easily create videos such as introductions to online students, mini lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, interviews, PowerPoint presentations, and any websites or applications that can be displayed on a computer screen. Videos taken in classrooms, science labs, field trips, etc. can easily be produced for student access via the web.

One-on-one computer assistance is available to a limited extent on a walk-in basis. More in-depth assistance can be arranged by appointment with Hank Beaver: or 619-388-2517.

  • Faculty lab with 16 PC computers, 2 iMacs, 3 scanners, including a slide scanner, black and white and color printing, and full time technical support
  • Access to the wireless network throughout the LRC
  • Software support services to assist faculty with learning and using new programs to enhance their teaching
  • Distance Education support for instructors using Blackboard and other programs to meet student needs online

Services for Students

The CIL has many resources that you may find useful:

  • Internet
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Powerpoint
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Scanning
  • Laser Printing (.10 per page)
  • Color Printing (.50 per page)
  • CD-Rom burning
  • 140 Pentium Workstations
  • Four G4 Macintosh computers

The student lab also has two stand alone Pentium workstation that is available to run programs requiring installation.

Staff are available for technical assistance. For more detailed questions, please see your instructor.