Modern teaching spaces require modern design and technology
Four 42 x 8.74-foot curved screens allow students to enjoy an optimized view of projected multimedia from any angle. Twelve laser projectors create an immersive environment and, combined with a high-resolution video processor, allow instructors to create personalized multimedia presentations.
“The four screens together surround the student seating area, so we work with instructors to help them imagine the screens as an extra-large canvas,” says Dressler. “Content that takes full advantage of 360-degree capabilities requires additional programming, so we have staff who will work with faculty to prepare their media.”
Oregon State Center prioritizes human-centered design
To Oregon State Universitythe Learning Innovation Center (LINC), completed in 2015, serves up to 3,000 students simultaneously. The facility was built to accommodate formal and informal learning, incorporating technology and “human-centered design,” according to Andrea Ballinger, vice president for information and technology.
The LInC has two large classrooms where faculty members teach in circles. The largest classroom, which can accommodate nearly 600 students, has a high curved ceiling reminiscent of a high-tech arena. panasonic projection technology allows teachers to easily display content on the curved screen in the classroom.
“It’s our most impressive space,” says Ballinger. “Students sit at the same level as faculty members, and each seat is no more than nine rows from the center of the room.”
The rest of the 134,000 square foot building serves a variety of functions. Sofas, ottomans and a café provide natural gathering places. Larger classrooms accommodate traditional lectures or team projects, and smaller rooms are used by faculty members.
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“The idea is to allow instructors to mix and match modalities. They can show something live or display it on any screen,” says Ballinger. Dell Hardware and HPE/Aruba switches and access points provide adequate speed and bandwidth for over a thousand students at a time.
“On a human level, this building makes you part of a group,” Ballinger says. “Just because of the building’s design and technology, you can’t help but be engaged in learning.”
Washington State University Building Sees High Demand
Features include a classroom in the round that can accommodate over 275 students, flexible classrooms, and active learning classrooms where students work in groups and reflect their work on a large digital screen. A multimedia classroom is dedicated to classes that require software licenses as part of teaching.
“Any discipline can program this room for teaching,” says Sasi Pillay, CIO and vice president of IT services. “We saw courses ranging from digital technology and math to apparel merchandising, design and textiles.”
The building is in high demand by teachers and students.
“Most teachers would love to teach there,” says Pillay. “They can also hold office hours there or provide advice.”
The building uses screens of Da Lite and sony and spotlights NEC. Due to heavy usage, WSU recently upgraded its Internet backbone and WAN to 100 gigabytes. The Spark also has a much higher AP density from Aruba and Cisco compared to older buildings on campus.
“As we construct new buildings on our campuses, we will take this model and try to expand it,” says Pillay.
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