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IT Program Collaborative Learning Space makes splashy return

Chip Gubera lectures in the development lab to students seated in front of a flatscreen TV.

Computer science instructor Chip Gubera works with a group of students in the new Collaborative Learning Space, located in W2003 in Lafferre Hall. The lab recently was relocated from C1212, which was affected by the recent Lafferre Hall renovation. Photos by Hannah Sturtecky.

Renovation on the north-central section of Lafferre Hall has resulted in the relocation of many offices and classrooms. One classroom, however, is being reborn: the Mobile Applications Development Lab.

Students discuss a project in front of a flatscreen TV.

New items that have been added to the IT Program Collaborative Learning Space include two 70-inch 4K resolution TV’s, eight “pods” with 40-inch SmartTV’s, four high-definition speakers and a microphone for presentations, as well as five private study rooms outfitted with HDTVs and large whiteboards with markers.

After establishing itself in Lafferre C1212 as a room fully outfitted for designing and developing mobile applications, the AppDev lab swiftly gathered attention from students, staff and even Apple itself. Now, in its new location in W2003, the renamed collaborative learning space hopes to further promote innovation and student learning with a bigger, better working space that everyone can use.

New items that have been added to this workspace include two 70-inch 4K resolution TV’s, eight “pods” with 40-inch SmartTV’s, four high-definition speakers and a microphone for presentations, as well as five private study rooms outfitted with HDTVs and large whiteboards with markers. Each of the pods also has Ethernet and power hookups, along with markers and portable whiteboards. Overall there is more than 500 square feet of whiteboard space in the room, which is great for drawing big ideas, graphing software scrums and designing algorithms of any complexity.

Whether you are looking to make the next big app, practice a presentation, or just do some studying, the IT collaborative learning space may be your new destination of choice. Those intending to take advantage of these great new resources should check the hours posted on the outside door, so as not to disturb one of several classes held in the room.