Over the summer the Computer Training Classroom (CTC) was a space in transition. Those of you familiar with the room will know it for its rows of desktop computers and the technology training’s offered by the Instructional Design (ID) team.
In recent semesters the ID team has offered new programming in the CTC that focuses on emerging and innovative technologies with workshops on 3D printing, wearable technology, and the Tech Byte Series (student/faculty.) Simultaneous with the new programming the TLTR Innovative Technologies Committee began exploring maker/hacker/learning spaces with the goal of bringing one to campus.
Thus was born Space154, an open, flexible space that will keep pace with innovative and emerging technologies. Located on the ground floor of Walsh Library, Space154 occupies the former CTC room.
The transition of Space 154 was more than just a name change. The room was renovated to reflect the need for flexibility and adaptability when technology converges with learning. Upon entering the room there is a 3D printing station with a desktop computer and workspace. On one side of the room are two collaboration tables that accommodate groups of 8, complete with wireless connection to a monitor for seamless sharing of screens. The other side of the room holds two tables with desktop computers for pairs to do work and research. The center of the room provides cafe style seating perfect for projects and tinkering. The room also includes an interactive whiteboard and a green screen.
Space154 is a collaborative place where faculty, students, and the Seton Hall community can come to participate in a variety of experiences. Part learning space, part digital creation space, and part discovery lab, it is a dedicated space on the ground floor of Walsh Library. It features technologies including a 3D printer and Autodesk software, Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits, and text mining/analysis software.
The TLT Center coordinates workshops that focus on everything from using social media for learning to virtual reality and 3D design as it introduces new and emerging technologies to both students and faculty.
Space154 allows the TLT Center to support student projects started in the classroom, offer mentoring on a variety of technologies, and host open lab hours where community members can work alone or collaboratively. The space will also host campus initiatives, such as the Digital Humanities Committee, which provides seed grants and support for faculty and graduate students seeking to incorporate digital technology into their research.