ISEC Opening Offers Exciting New Technology

110816_ag_isec_008ISEC, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, opens in January 2017 with new technology enhanced classrooms. ISEC is part of the university’s ongoing effort to expand its capacity to engage in path-breaking research across disciplines.

Solstice, an innovative collaboration technology has been added to the new ISEC classrooms.  In the teaching laboratories there are 6 tables, each designed to allow 8 students to collaborate wirelessly at one time. It will also allow Faculty to join any one of these tables as needed. These Solstice Pods enable students to display, engage, and collaborate all in the same environment using one display rather than transitioning from one student’s computer to another by unplugging one computer and plugging another back in. Solstice enables true wireless collaboration, without being tethered to pesky cords.

In four of the classrooms, Faculty can leverage this technology through the lectern to easily move about the space while teaching. Solstice installed at the podium can also be used to include students that want to share content or collaborate with the class as a whole.

During the spring semester ITS will be actively monitoring both the technology and its use to understand how to expand the service throughout the campus. If you are teaching in this space or want to learn more about Solstice, visit the Academic Technology Services site at http://www.ats.neu.edu/solstice/ or contact ATS at ats@northeastern.edu.

ISEC is located on Columbus Avenue to the west of the parking garage, This six story complex includes wet and dry lab facil­i­ties, 2 edu­ca­tional lab­o­ra­to­ries, 4 class­rooms, an auditorium and offices for fac­ulty mem­bers.

Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Smart Classrooms – New East Village Spaces and More

East Village is now open, and so are five new smart classrooms. Both large lecture and smaller classrooms are available. Each classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art software and audio/video integrations to support synchronous and asynchronous learning.

  • 002 East Village
  • 008 East Village
  • 010 East Village
  • 024 East Village
  • 102 East Village

The technology in these classroom is based on the new standard present in the first floor Snell Library classroom wing. To learn more about using the technology in these rooms, sign in to myNEU, go to Services and Links > Teaching Resources > View the Classrooms, and look for Snell Library “Classroom #121.”

Continuing the initiative to create more smart classrooms on campus, the following rooms across campus have been renovated based on the new classroom standard. These classrooms now include an analog-to-digital update, new projector (and possibly new computer), new lectern, audio integration, and new cameras.

  • 140 West Village C
  • 102 West Village G
  • 104 West Village G
  • 106 West Village G
  • 108 West Village G
  • 108 West Village H
  • 110 West Village H
  • 094 Cargill Hall
  • 097 Cargill Hall

These updates enable distance teaching and learning, guest speakers talking to the class through a web conference, and lecture capture.