Though it may be a challenge to find, Northwestern University Library and Northwestern IT are hoping that their new collaborative room in the lower level of the main library will spark new active and cooperative approaches to teaching and learning. The Innovation Lab in room B183 is a flexible space with easily moveable furniture that can be infinitely reconfigured and several technologies that enable collaboration and a democratizing of the classroom. These include digital technologies like Solstice and Cisco Spark board for wireless content sharing and whiteboards and sketch tables for more analog work.
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“NU Library and Northwestern IT are hoping that the people who use the room will find it well outfitted for a variety of teaching strategies and that it will be an exciting place for students to explore topics together,” says Victoria Getis, Director of Teaching & Learning Technologies. “As this is a prototype for an Innovation Lab to be built in a space designed for it, we’re looking forward to learning what Northwestern faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and librarians want in their interactive learning areas.”