February at the Doceo Center was packed with finishing up construction on our lab, sponsoring a conference, publishing book chapters, presenting at multiple conferences, beginning a new Faculty Fellows program, and exploring new tools.
Though it has been long in coming, our advanced technologies learning lab is now almost completely operational and ready for bug-testing and workshops in the month of March, and we are planning to hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in early April. The purpose of the lab is to provide students, faculty, and K-12 teachers with a space for learning and exploring new technologies in a collaborative, flexible, and innovative manner. The lab is equipped with six interactive displays, five collaboration stations, an AMX switching system, and a variety of devices including tablets, wearable technologies, and laptops. With these technology resources, instructors will have full control over the display of information resources in the lab from a remote iPad app that will allow them to easily move around the lab and facilitate learning while still maintaining a level of control suitable for their learning activities. When it is complete, the Doceo Center lab will be available to faculty for classroom use and workshops starting this semester, and through this lab, we will provide ongoing access to emergent technologies, research their effectiveness and educational uses, and demonstrate best practices for technology integration for the state.