Text Box: The instructional classroom on the third floor of the Ronald Williams Library is being upgraded this semester to become a state-of-the-art technology enhanced classroom.  Rather than using desktop computers with the requisite electrical and network wires and jacks in a computer lab type environment, the room will make use of laptop computers and wireless network access.   Twenty-four wireless Dell laptops have been purchased for the room along with a mobile cart for storing and securing the laptops when not in use.  Network connectivity will be provided though a high speed wireless access point attached to the mobile cart, which will allow the computers to be used in other instructional spaces in the Library.
Plans and preparations for the new wireless classroom have been underway for some time.  A new instructor’s podium featuring campus-standard, touch panel controls and standard audio-visual peripherals were installed prior to the start of the fall term.  New carpeting and ceiling tiles were installed and the walls were treated to a much needed coat of fresh paint just prior to the start of the winter term.  Traditional tablet arm student desks in the classroom will soon make way for new furniture that can accommodate a variety of layouts while making use of the student laptops for hands-on information literacy instruction.

The primary purpose and use of the new wireless classroom will be to support the Library’s extensive program of information literacy instruction.  The room and computers will also be used by the Center for Teaching and Learning to support faculty development initiatives.  When not scheduled for these sessions, the Library is willing to make the room and the laptops available for use by faculty members for individual class sessions when access to a technology enhanced classroom is needed.  For information on scheduling a hands-on library instruction session for your class or to reserve the room for a particular date for a class session, please contact Beth Frazin in Library Reference at extension 4411 or at b-frazin@neiu.edu.

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