Thursday, September 27, 2007

Redefining Residence Halls

Residence halls are now providing opportunities to provide new presentation areas, as well as offering the chance to provide a wide variety of student services. Universities and campuses across the U.S. are considering ways to enhance the student experience by providing additional services such as tutoring, counseling, and technology support in residence halls. Some institutions are also considering embedding faculty in the building to assist students in their learning. This is an important step in providing services to the Millennial student of today. Today, learning occurs well beyond 5:00pm. The Internet is open 24 hours a day. This begs the question, "are we available to help students during the same time frame?" The photo (left) shows a technology space in Reuter Hall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It comes with a full complement of presentation equipment with remote control of the equipment, large front projection screen complemented with a large screen flat panel which can display presentation material, cable TV, or provide video conferencing capability.