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UI College of Education opens "Cyber Commons"
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students and faculty at the University of Iowa College
of Education have a new, high-tech way to get together in the College's traditional
gathering area, thanks to a recent renovation of Jones Commons in the Lindquist
The "Jones Cyber Commons" includes two desktop computer workstations
that allow students to tap into the computing resources of the university
and the internet. The renovation also includes a series of communications
ports for students and faculty with portable computers to access computer
The completion of work will be marked Thursday, Feb. 6 as part of "New
Media Day," a series of activities showcasing new technologies at the
UI. New Media Day is sponsored by Second Look Computing and UI Information
Richard Shepardson, associate dean for student services in the College of
Education, says the "Cyber Commons" is an experiment intended to
provide students and faculty with access to computer services without disrupting
the original intent of Jones Commons. The Commons was created in 1980 when
the Lindquist Center was completed as a gathering area designed to allow students
and faculty to meet and work in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
"We want the area to continue to function as a commons, a place where
students and faculty can get together, eat lunch or snack, and do work in
groups," Shepardson says. "But we also wanted to provide the extra
benefit that computers and technology bring to those sessions."
Students and faculty can use the workstations and the communications ports
to check email, gather information on the internet, or do other computer-based
work. They can also access the University's computerized registration system,
the UI Libraries computerized catalog and other UI computer systems.
The renovation was sponsored by the College of Education and Information
The Jones Cyber Commons is available to students and faculty during the same
hours as the Lindquist Center is open.