Learning Studio Update

The Learning Studio on the first floor of Sprague is on schedule to be open and ready for business on August 30th. We’re still wrestling with some logistical issues regarding security and staffing but we’re very excited about the new space and the opportunities it will offer the HMC community.

Learning Studio Classroom

Learning Studio Classroom

Before I go any farther, let me first announce that we will be hosting an informal preview in the Learning Studio on Tuesday, August 24th from 9:00-11:00 and from 2:00-4:00. This is a time when you can stop by, take a tour, ask questions, and see how things work. We’ll host a more formal Open House later in the semester.

Learning Studio

Learning Studio workstations

The Learning Studio Classroom will be in EMS by August 30th as well and can be scheduled for individual classes through the EMS web site at http://emsweb.claremont.edu/HMC/. We have 45 dual-boot MacBook Pro laptops available for use in the classroom as well as the standard built-in video projector, DVD/VHS player and screen. There’s also a floor-to-ceiling whiteboard, mobile whiteboards, and 2 mobile LCD panels. The furniture in the classroom is very flexible. Faculty can move the tables around or choose from 3 standard layouts. I should also mention that we are in the process of dismantling the Mac and PC labs in the basement of Parsons. They are no longer available for scheduling in EMS.

In addition to the the classroom space the Learning Studio offers a wide variety of furniture and equipment for working alone or in groups. Sixteen dual-boot iMacs, 2 multimedia stations with video editing software, 2 scanners, comfortable armchairs and sofas, movable screens for creating private areas, movable tables and movable whiteboards and LCD panels are among the amenities you can enjoy.

The Learning Studio was funded in major part by the Fletcher Jones Foundation with additional funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and CIS operational funds.

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  1. Joseph Vaughan
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    You can give us feedback and suggestions for the Learning Studio at this URL:
    http://tinyurl.com/LearningStudio

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  • By IT News @ HMC » September 2010 update from the CIO on October 1, 2010 at 6:46 am

    […] The Learning Studio service is completely new.  I hope you will agree that it got off to a great start at the beginning of classes. Lisa Sullivan tells me that the classroom has transformed the way she teaches her Economics class “Home, work, school, play: Representations of the Economy in Children’s Literature”.  And Dagan Karp wrote “I love the space! It is really facilitating the course.”  There are some rough edges still, but we have a nice suite of services in mind and we hope you’ll help us grow them by giving us your honest feedback at http://www.hmc.edu/learningstudio.   We anticipate moving to 24/7 access to the studio within the next week, once the software for managing the card readers has been fully installed and tested.  As an example of our experimental approach, for a four week period we had all the CIS employees help staff the Learning Studio during regular office hours.   We then discussed this experience with staff and gathered feedback from the faculty teaching in the foldaway classroom (there are 17 instances of class per week!).   After evaluating the feedback, we decided to staff the space at the beginning and end of classes, relying primarily on employees from our User Services and Educational Technology and Media Services units.  You can read more about the Studio, including information about how to reserve the classroom,  at http://www5.hmc.edu/ITNews/?p=544 […]

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