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Friday, October 16, 2009 - 11:26am
Centennial Hall has been through many upgrades since it opened in 1937 as Main Auditorium, including a 1984 remodel that knocked out the back wall for expansion. Today, with the need to support a growing student body and improve their learning experience within a constrained budget, Provost Meredith Hay requested that the building be updated to accommodate classes as well as performances. How do you serve up to 1200 students in one hall? Classes will have smaller subgroups of cohorts for more personal interaction. Still, instructors will rely on instructional technology for many aspects of reaching their students, and UITS has helped.
  • Classroom response devices ("clickers") held by and registered to individual students send signals to the instructors that allow them to take attendance, poll the students or even record students' quiz answers.
  • Dual rear-screen high-definition projectors display content crisply on a floor-to-ceiling screen on the stage. Projection content can include anything from the instructor's computer station or laptop, such as Powerpoint or video; items placed on the ELMO visual presenter; and/or video footage of the stage.
  • Podcasting makes the class content available at any time for review. Instructors choose whether access to the podcasts is limited to students in the class, anyone at the UA, or is available without restriction.
Photo by Gary Mackender, UITS Gregory Anderson of OSCR, and Richard Brindamour and Timothy Kelch of Equipment Services, work on installing state-of-the-art instructional technology in Centennial Hall.