Digital Union Opens New Collaboration Studio and Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

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The Digital Union celebrated its fourth anniversary this year on May 21 with a double bill: the opening of a new collaborative space, followed by a showcase of projects incubated in the Digital Union and new technology products.

Digital Union Director Vicky Getis, Assistant Library Director Jim Bracken, and Interim CIO Mike Veres welcomed a crowd of approximately 50 people to the grand opening of the Learning Collaboration Studio (LCS). President Gordon Gee was on hand to deliver his thoughts and assist with the ribbon cutting. Gee noted that it is imperative that the university be on the cutting edge of technology, and said that the opening of this new space featuring the latest technologies demonstrates the university's progress. He added that the studio was a wonderful affirmation of collaboration and helped to lead us toward the one university he seeks.

The LCS is a re-imagining of a highly interactivity learning environment designed for radical flexibility. Located in 060 Science and Engineering Library and convenient to the resources of the Digital Union in the same building, the experimental classroom space has been designed to be endlessly reconfigurable and a place where faculty and staff can explore multiple teaching and learning methods. The LCS is available for just one class or training session or for an entire quarter, scheduled according to user needs. Learn more about the Learning Collaboration Studio and get additional descriptive information.

Following the ribbon cutting and a brief overview of the technology available in the LCS, the fourth annual showcase took place in the Digital Union on the third floor of SEL. Attendees viewed work carried out in consultation with Digital Union staff and had the opportunity to chat about the projects with the faculty and students who participated in them. Vendors were also on hand to demonstrate the latest emerging technologies. The showcase included:

  • tours of TELRport Island in Second Life
  • blueprints and drawings of the Digital Union 2009 expansion
  • multimedia journalism on charitable giving
  • collaboratively authored student wikis
  • Biology rock opera
  • HD documentary on a Columbus topiary garden
  • Microsoft roundtable conferencing device
  • Microsoft Zune Mp3 players
  • SMART Board interactive displays
  • Apple Air laptop, iPod Touch, and Apple TV
  • Kindle, Bookeen, and Sony eReaders
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