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Improving Anthropology's Teaching Spaces

This fall the Department of Anthropology contacted the Office of the Dean about the challenging states of several of their teaching spaces. The use of technology in the field of anthropology has continued to grow, requiring many to learn tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), but their computer lab was outdated and did not have a large screen for instruction. Down the hall, many other teaching spaces had outdated projection technology that were dim and low resolution. Teaching in these spaces was, therefore, difficult as well.

WITS and the dean’s office met with a group from the Anthropology department, including Chair and Professor Mary Weismantel, Associate Professor Mark Hauser, and Business Administrator Nancy Hickey. The group reviewed several spaces and documented the needs for each space. WITS then worked to build out a proposal to meet the needs, while leveraging cost-effective solutions. Using a combination of funds from the dean’s office and from the department, WITS provided updated technology solutions to several rooms, including new GIS lab computers, an instruction display, and two updated projecting solutions that were simple to use and reliable.

We’re pleased to have assisted Anthropology and look forward to assisting other departments meet teaching and research needs with technology solutions.

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