by Claire Miller
When students need to finish writing a paper or check out a video camera for a class project, they don’t need to look any further than the College of Education’s Instructional Technology Center (ITC).
The ITC, located on the second floor of the COE building, boasts an array of computers for use while on campus, as well as equipment rentals and other services.
This year, the center is undergoing several renovations that will offer COE students, faculty and staff new equipment to use and new places to work and study.
The renovations began in February and are projected to be completed this summer, according to Reginald Brewer, COE personal computing systems manager.
While the center’s front desk and rows of desktop computers will remain in place, the ITC is adding several new features, including a room devoted to Apple computers and technology; a multimedia room with computers, scanners and video editing equipment; two small group study rooms students can reserve; and a seminar/meeting room.
For those bringing their own laptops, iPads and other electronic devices, the ITC will add eight new desks with partitions where students can plug in their equipment and work. This new feature is part of a new technology trend of offering more space for people who want to “bring their own devices.”
“Many students already have laptops and need space to work,” said Randy Jones, ITC director. “When we were looking at ways we could revamp the ITC, we wanted to create a flexible space where students could bring their own devices, plug in to electrical power and the campus network, and study.”
The ITC is also dedicating a room to doctoral-level research. The lab will feature 15 computers with research-based software for Ph.D. students to use and will be staffed with personnel who can answer research-related queries.
While the renovations will introduce several new rooms for COE students, faculty and staff to use, the ITC will continue to offer poster printing services as well as one-week loans of data projectors, digital cameras, portable A/V equipment and notebook computers.
“We’re hoping people rediscover the ITC after we’ve finished the renovations,” Brewer said.
For more information about the ITC, visit http://itc.gsu.edu.