Cowles Hall Health Sciences Center

Technology Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms

Information Technology staff met with Nurse Education faculty and audio visual specialists to plan, design, and implement technology enhanced active learning classrooms in the new Cowles Health Sciences Center.

The group's goal was to design multi-purpose classrooms that would meet the needs of rigorous in-class assessment, collaborative learning, and independent study.

In the two classrooms, Cowles 202 and 206, round tables were installed, each equipped with six small-form factor PC's and compact monitors.

Whiteboard surfaces are designed for interactive writing and drawing tools to annotate projected slides, which can be saved and shared with students. Students in groups can write on the extended whiteboards using colored whiteboard markers.


Nathenson Computer Center

Information Technology Help Desk

The Nathenson Computer Center, located on the terrace level of the Gannett-Tripp Library, is an open, spacious facility that is beautifully designed with Statesman oak and carpeting throughout. An octagon Information Technology Help Desk greets people as they walk down the winding stairs and through a lobby showcased with paintings and sculptures.

Open Lab for students

The uniquely designed Open Lab to the left of the Information Technology Help Desk provides students an area where they can quickly check email, browse the Web, chat online, work in small groups, and plug in personal laptops.

Entrance to the Labs

A corridor to the right of the Information Technology Help Desk provides entrance to three large computer labs designed to accommodate different styles of learning. There are two Windows labs and one Macintosh lab, which are regularly updated with new computers as part of the College's technology plan.

Plenty of workspace

Nearly all tables in the labs are five feet long, providing plenty of workspace for students working individually or in groups of two or three.

Electronic Classrooms

In addition to the Nathenson Computer Center labs, there are two classrooms and a lecture hall on the terrace level. Custom-designed lecterns equipped with multimedia computers connected to high-resolution projectors are installed in each of the labs and classrooms, providing students and faculty an easy-to-use computer resource for instruction and presentations.

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