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Creating space for collaboration

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences recently completed renovation on the second floor of the nursing building to create two large collaborative learning spaces from several small seminar rooms.

The new rooms are designed for flexibility and varied interactive learning arrangements and can be combined by opening the moveable wall to accommodate up to seventy students.  Each room features modular furniture and technology that can be easily rearranged to create clusters of students for collaborative work. Students can utilize the many white boards and share content wirelessly amongst each other or with the whole class via two large displays. The rooms also feature document cameras.

The renovation, funded with university dollars is a move away from the traditional classroom, where the instructor is the "sage on the stage” and instead uses state-of-the-art technology to enrich the learning of nursing students.

Lois Slattery, Technology Specialist and Distance Education Coordinator (retired) of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, with help from Craig Ernst, Learning and Technology Services, prepared the room for spring semester use by students and faculty.

Photo: Graduates students are working in small groups to complete an assignment.