Alan Usas, SOM’s chief technology information officer, says these are some of the building’s most distinctive technological features:
- High-definition video conferencing in all classrooms that will allow students to interact with remote guest speakers or their peers at Global Network for Advanced Management schools around the world.
- Wireless screen sharing in breakout rooms and classrooms that will allow students to mirror their laptop or smartphone screens on a large screen when collaborating with their colleagues.
- Custom, multifunctional lecterns, designed with faculty input, for controlling presentations, annotating lectures, and other teaching tasks.
- A centrally managed Media Control Center from which IT staffers can remotely control all of the technology installed in each classroom, including high-definition cameras with which they can record lectures or stream live video over the internet.
Each of the building’s classrooms, Usas says, is designed for a particular teaching mode—for example, a lecture, case study discussion, or group work session—and the technology for each room is intended to enhance that mode. For example, one “theater-in-the-round” classroom has 360 degrees of seating around the lectern and eight screens spaced around the entire room, allowing students to interact directly with each other, a professor, and remote speakers. “You can experiment with a variety of methodologies and the IT component is built right in,” he says.
The new building also has an expandable network infrastructure, says Usas, making it “future-proof when it comes to technology.” As technology continues evolving, so will Evans Hall.