CEU Opens Two New Technology-Enhanced Classrooms

As part of its commitment to maximizing the teaching, learning, and remote access benefits of new technologies,CEU has opened two technology-enhanced classrooms in the past four months.

The newest provides high-level interactive video conferencing facilities. Click here for a video tour. Video conferencing can be conducted across multiple remote locations. Audio and video can be streamed to other rooms at CEU, or over the Internet. HD quality audio and video recording is possible and the devices can be controlled remotely,even from tablets. The room features four flat screen displays and two voice-activated speaker-track cameras as well as a removable lectern with an interactive touch screen monitor and wireless microphones.

The larger room, opened in June, is suitable for multimedia and multi-function presentations. It's useful for involving groups in creating and sharing digital material on the 70-inch interactive whiteboard and synchronized side displays. The whiteboard can also be synched with individual devices such as tablets in the room. It has a document camera, lectern, wireless microphones and a ceiling projector projecting onto a large screen.

Google Technologist Ed Parsons works with a map on an interactive whiteboard.

A day-long CEU Summer University workshop by Google Geospatial Technologist Ed Parsons was held in the room on July 8. Parsons showed participants the possibilities enabled by Google Maps Engine. The workshop was part of the course, "Bridging Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment: Making Information Talk and Technologies Work." Participants mapped out the dimensions of a lake in Kent using the interactive whiteboard and their own laptops as part of learning to contribute to data about water management.

CEU's IT department provides training sessions for faculty and has established a dedicated IT Classroom Support Team.