New Communications Lab

Aug 25, 2003

The Department of Liberal Studies recently incorporated a new state-of-the-art computer classroom into the communications curriculum.

The Department of Liberal Studies recently incorporated a new state-of-the-art computer classroom into the communications curriculum. Designed for use by all written and oral communication courses during class time, the Virginia Kettering Professional Communication Studio includes 21 networked computers running the latest Microsoft XP software package, computer projection unit,a computer station for instructors, new tables, chairs and carpeting. This new resource will allow communication professors to assist students working on individual assignments, group projects and aid in the development of formal presentations using Power Point.

Dr. Lindal Buchanan, an assistant professor of Communication who currently uses the classroom, said that the computers "allow students to draft in class and to integrate blackboard features like chat and discussion board directly into the classroom in a way that promotes learning. The computers also enable the class to discuss issues of online research as it does online research."

The studio, located at 4-501 of the Academic Building, accommodates 20 students, which represents the upper limit for the class size for teaching writing and communication effectively. All computers have Internet capability and the room has an LCD projector and screen, as well as a laser printer.

Karen Wilkinson, head of the Liberal Studies Dept., said that the University "has made a substantial investment in this studio. It represents our commitment to providing instruction that uses the best learning tools and motivates students to practice communication skills."

Funding for the Virginia Kettering Professional Communication Studio was made possible by the late Virginia Kettering and from the University. Future plans for the studio include works of art, which will serve as powerful examples of visual communication to students.