The Department of Educational Technology (EdTech, formerly OIT) at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College has reopened its Faculty Learning Commons after a $60,000 redesign and renovation. The reopening was announced at an open house held  in November 2010. The Commons’ hours of operation are Monday  through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“The Hostos Information Learning Commons (ILC) is a collaborative learning space created to foster faculty scholarship, intellectual exchange, and new professional working relationships,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega. “[In it] our faculty will be able to work across disciplines and generate ideas that can enhance their scholarship and teaching.”

“Thanks to a modern, imaginative, and welcoming design, usable floor space in the faculty support area has been increased by at least 20%,” said Dr. Carl James Grindley, Associate

Professor of English and Consortial Associate Professor of Communications and Culture in the online baccalaureate program at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies and formerly Director of OIT (now EdTech).  “The area has been equipped with new computers and media hardware; it is a unique facility where faculty can meet, converse, and work in a multipurpose smart room equipped with the latest technology to create and capture interactive lectures, as well as a comfortable lounge space.”

The Commons is the first of its kind at the City University of New York (CUNY), and an example of Hostos’ investment in its infrastructure. The renovation also demonstrates a strategic use of compact dollars to improve teaching and position the college as a national leader in instructional technology.

 

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