Cutting the ribbon to open
the new Arts and Science Learning Lab in the Hall Building are, left
to right, Dr. Patsy Lightbown (Teaching English as a Second Language),
Andrew McAusland (IITS), Dr. Catherine Vallejo (Classics, Modern Languages
and Linguistics), Dr. Lucie Lequin (Études françaises),
Provost Jack Lightstone, Dean Martin Singer, Patrick Devey (Administrator
of the Learning Centre) and Vice-Rector Services Michael Di Grappa.
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Barbara Black
The new Arts and Science Learning Centre on the fourth floor of the Henry
F. Hall Building was inaugurated May 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
The project, funded by the recent capital campaign via a grant from the
McConnell Foundation, has created an up-to-the-minute learning and conference
environment by renovating and rewiring four classrooms.
It doesnt even look like the Hall Building, said one
visitorand thats a compliment. Warm wood panelling and dark
blue walls envelope a small lobby, tiny administrative offices and three
One, H-447, is the 40-seat Multimedia Language Lab, with individual workstations,
a smart board and videoconferencing capability. The laboratory is equipped
with CAN8 VirtuaLab software, which uses the latest in voice technologies
to revolutionize language instruction.
A second room, H-449, is the Distance Learning Studio, with 33 computer
terminals and high-speed Internet access. Students without other access
to computers will be able to book terminals for research, writing and
on-line course work.
The third room, H-443, is an Interactive Teaching Studio, which faculty
members can use to conduct conferences and job interviews over distances,
or a thesis defense where an examiner is in another city.
Patrick Devey is the full-time administrator of the Learning Centre. It
was a project conceived by Andrew McAusland, director of Academic Technology
in Arts and Science, and executive director of IITS. Dean Martin Singer
also paid tribute for their active support to Provost and Vice-Rector
Research Jack Lightstone and Vice-Rector Services Michael Di Grappa.
As Di Grappa remarked on his way out of the celebratory reception, this
is just the beginning for the renewal of the Hall Building. The mezzanine,
much used for recreation and exhibits by the students, is under renovation
this summer, and next in line is the lobby.
When the new science and engineering buildings are built, the eighth to
eleventh floors of the Hall Building will house the social sciences. The
building will also be the site of all undergraduate classes in Engineering
and Computer Science.
The Learning Centre is for the use of Arts and Science students, but other
Faculties, and external groups, will be able to rent facilities, particularly
the video-conferencing room.
For more information, please contact the Centre at 848-4075, or book via
the Web site: http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/learning_centre.