CONTACT: SHAWN PRESLEY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Electronic classroom upgraded at UI Libraries Information Arcade
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries Information Arcade
has received a $135,000 grant from the University's Computing Fees Advisory
Committee (CFAC) to upgrade the workstations in the Arcade's Electronic
The grant provided the funding to upgrade the 24 student stations with
Power Macintosh 7300/180 computers; the instructor's station will be upgraded
to a Power Macintosh 8600/200.
Open since 1992, the 6,000-square-foot Information Arcade provides the
facilities and services to aid the university community in integrating
information technologies into learning and research. By the summer of 1997,
the computers in the Arcade's Electronic Classroom will have 166 MHz Pentium
PC Compatibility Cards that allow access to DOS/Windows-based resources
on the Arcade's file server and the Libraries' CD-ROM network as well as
the classroom software available in the Macintosh environment.
The CFAC grant will also enable the Arcade to expand its classroom software
offerings and provide the means for full, hands-on instruction of many
multimedia applications such as Adobe Photoshop, PageMaker and Premiere.
The Arcade and these services are available to all UI Libraries users.
Money has also been channeled to equip the classroom with a Tech Commander
video/input routing system. This unit allows the instructor's workstation
to view any student station and take remote control of a station's mouse
and keyboard. The instructor can broadcast his or her display to any one
student station, a small group of student stations, or to the entire classroom.
Installed earlier this spring, the Tech Commander has had a noticeable
impact on pedagogy in the electronic environment and has the potential
to radically enhance the areas of collaborative learning and tutoring.
The Tech Commander also interfaces with the two color overhead projection
systems that can display any of the instructor's station displays.
In the five years since the Arcade was established, the Electronic Classroom
has become an essential pedagogical tool for many faculty members and instructors
throughout the university. The classroom offers a wide range of courses.
According to Team Leader for Electronic Services Jim Loter, the upgrade
helps the Libraries fulfill its pledge to provide the necessary services
and facilities to aid in developing innovative methods for research, teaching
Applications for UI faculty use of the Arcade for fall '97 and spring
'98 semesters are being accepted. Assistance in operating the classroom
and integrating curriculum is available. More information about the Arcade
and the Electronic Classroom can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/arcade/
or by calling Jim Loter at 319-335-5973.