New High-Tech Classrooms Online for Start of Academic Year
September 13, 2012
As part of Emmanuel's ongoing renovation of its historic Administration Building, set to be completed this winter, three new high-tech classrooms are up and running for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
All three classrooms (Rooms 155, 156 and 157) are equipped with new dual-display classroom technology, allowing faculty to display multiple visuals and to leverage technology to enhance learning synchronously. The new standard also includes high-definition HDMI connectivity for digital devices such as iPads, Android devices, HD laptops, and more.
In Rooms 156 and 157, visitors will immediately notice the 80-inch high-definition LED displays, which replace the standard projector and screens. These displays feature a unique rolling track solution that allows instructors to utilize the technology and whiteboards simultaneously - creating a versatile and interactive classroom experience. The screens are easily viewable from anywhere in the room, allowing faculty to highlight minute visual details in art works or molecular structures in ways that were previously impossible.
In coordination with this new technology, Emmanuel's Information Technology department is providing training in the use of these new features, as well as partnering with individual faculty to develop innovative ways to incorporate the new technology to facilitate learning and increase student engagement. The rooms also feature award-winning and student-focused Learn2 seating, adaptable for collaborative and enhanced interaction.
The current restoration of the Administration Building marks the third and fourth phases of its renovation, which began during the spring 2012 semester. These phases encompass the renovation of the building's west wing, including the upgrade of all classrooms, a new Auditorium, enhanced technology, a new elevator, and faculty and administrative offices.
The restoration will also include an all-new Muddy River Café, set to open in January 2013. The updated space will include seating for 200 with an outdoor seating area and a variety of food stations, including hearth-style pizza, deli and grill (rendering below).