Computer Lab Increases Learning Opportunities
Upgrades to the campus computer equipment and the creation of new computer labs kept MNU's IT office busy this summer. The latest addition is the first-ever dedicated computer lab in Osborne Hall where the science and math department is housed. The twelve new Dell computer stations will allow students to collaborate on assignments and access scientific and mathematical software not previously available, all with easy access to science and math faculty, according to Jordan Mantha, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry.
“The new lab will facilitate a deeper integration of technology into the science and math curriculum and help foster a closer community amongst the students,” Mantha said.
Mantha says faculty worked to create a space that is “all about the students,” giving them new and important opportunities. For example, students now have access to mathematics software not previously available on campus. New chemistry software allows them to easily draw and manipulate molecules, while the biology software is the kind used in genome studies at research institutions.
In addition to the Osborne Computer Lab, Mabee Library’s computer lab received all new computers, eight more classrooms were outfitted with high-tech smart podiums and MNU’s Liberty learning center will have doubled Internet bandwidth.