A Step Ahead

Center Merges Teaching, Learning, and Technology

The Information and Technology Convergence Center’s media wall serves as a gallery for students’ digital work.  Photos by Norm Shafer

Even before he taught his first class in the new Information and Technology Convergence Center, Jeff McClurken ’94 could see that the building was fulfilling one of its main missions – bringing students and faculty together in a technology-rich, collaborative space. The Convergence Center had been open to students for only a few hours on the first day of classes. But they had already sought out spots in study niches throughout the four-story building. They nestled into comfortable chairs and couches, plugging laptops and tablets into power outlets built right into the furniture. Some tapped keyboards in solitude, while others shared screens and conversation. As an “academic commons,” with access to state-of-the-art technology and a fully powered and networked design that encourages creativity and idea-sharing, the Convergence Center was well on its way. Several years in the making, the center places UMW in the national forefront in using technology to advance learning and … [Read more...]