College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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Campus Scene in t he Spot ligh t Ask the Expert This Month Share and Share Alike New Science Building for Delaware Valley College is there affordable collaboration technology for my classroom? ConstruCtion is underway on delaware Valley College's new life sciences Building in doylestown, Pa, designed by H2l2 architects/Planners. the $15M, 41,000-sq.-ft. structure will satisfy the College's increasing demand for teaching and research space, allow for expanded community and business partnerships, and enhance the College's presence. sited at a critical terminus of the historic campus quadrangle, the "front-porch" colonnade of the life sciences Building will ft comfortably with the surrounding modern and vintage college buildings. the main level of the new building will include six large, modern classrooms; a globally connected conference facility; and an atrium lounge for special events and breakout sessions adjacent to a 450-seat auditorium space. the upper level design features laboratories, including a stateof-the-art geographic information systems lab, and additional teaching spaces and offces. throughout the building, collaborative niches will accommodate informal learning and socializing. a two-story wall of glass topped by a clerestory "lantern" will food the common areas with natural light. the size and siting of the building will refect the emphasis that the College places on academics. Completion of the facility is expected in spring 2014. ASIS 2013 Set for Chicago the asis (american society for industrial security) international 59th annual seminar and exhibits (asis 2013) will take place sept. 24-27, 2013, at McCormick Place in Chicago. recognized as the security industry's most comprehensive education and networking event, asis 2013 is anticipated to draw more than 20,000 security professionals from around the world for education, networking, and an expansive exhibit foor of security products and services. (isC)2, the largest not-for-proft membership body of certifed information security professionals worldwide, will co-locate its third annual security Congress with asis 2013. More than 200 educational sessions will be presented, including expanded it security offerings in collaboration with (isC)2. the exhibition area will feature more than 230,000 net sq. ft. of the latest { CONT. ON PAGE 8 } Although collAborAtion, or shAring, technology has been an expensive addition, there are several lower-cost solutions. In traditional classroom collaboration, an electronic matrix switch and pushbutton controls are used. This allows students to share their computer screens with their peers on a TV monitor mounted either to the desk or on a wall. This technology is commercially available from a number of manufacturers, but can cost upwards of $10,000 per table. Since the primary working and sharing experience is at a table, it is easy to share the content of students' computers with an HDMI switch. An HDMI connector is common in computing devices used by most students. A simple three-input to one-output switch costs under $20. Models with six inputs are available for under $100. WiFi sharing is another option. Apple TV makes a device for under $100 that allows any student to share work wirelessly. Some manufacturers, like QVS and Black Box, make devices that allow up to four students to share their screens simultaneously. These devices are more costly, but are still available for under $350 per table. With a WiFi system in place, sharing can be accommodated with cloud-based systems. Google+ Hangout, and other similar platforms, allow up to 10 or so individuals to collaborate. The collaboration includes screen sharing, fle sharing with ability for all to contribute, streaming video, and a variety of other applications. The system can work at a table, full classroom, or even remotely. Knowing that there are many lower-cost alternatives is the start. A little research can get you the system you want at an affordable price. Robert A. Kensinger (rkensinger@spectrumfurniture.com) is the vice president of sales and Tony Nelson (tnelson@spectrumfurniture.com) is the marketing specialist for Spectrum Industries, Inc. (www.spectrumfurniture.com). Contact either via email or 800/235-1262. JUNE 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 3

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